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Be A Part Of The Centennial Celebration Of The Bread and Roses Strike on Sept 3rd

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Bread and Roses strike I wanted to share some information about their Centennial Labor Day celebration.

The 28th Bread and Roses Heritage Festival takes place on Labor Day, September 3, 12 to 7 p.m., on the Common in Lawrence, MA, in honor of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. It is a free, one-day ‘open air’ celebration for the whole family.

2012 Bread & Roses Festival Program Schedule:

This in 1912 from the textile journal Fibre and Fabric, on MA shortening the workweek for women and children from 56 to 54 hours.

Our top-line performers are
Lawrence-based Ryan Montbleau Band – folk, blues, funk

Bread and Puppet, the political puppet theater company

Si Kahn – singer/songwriter

A BesereVelt – The Yiddish Community Chorus of Boston Workmen’s Circle
(you tube below)

The Folk Song Society of Greater Boston, performing a Woodie Guthrie Tribute

Branco/Stamas Big Band
. . . and many more!

The Festival includes the unveiling of the new 1912 Textile Workers’ Strike Monument at 1:30 p.m.

A BesereVelt – The Yiddish Community Chorus of Boston Workmen’s Circle

Boston Workmen’s Circle A Besere Velt (A Better World) Yiddish Chorus, performs “Bread and Roses/Makhnes Geyen” at the Rosenberg Fund for Children’s “Celebrate the Children of Resistance” event in Boston, MA, June 19, 2007. The song is a ballad from the 1912 Lawrence, MA textile strike, woven together with an anthem dedicated to the fighters in the Spanish Civil War. “The masses are marching in the struggle for victory.” www.rfc.org



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