List of Centenary Events

All events take place in 2005 unless otherwise noted:

June 27; Wales, UK - IWW Centenary and Bracken Pulling Party in a 40 acre public access forest. Self sufficient persons with tents interested in setting up a "jungle" for a few days are welcome. At Court Wood, on the hill in Pembrey about three miles from Burry Port Rail station, half a mile from the midnight National Express coach stop in Pembrey, and about 300 yards from local bus stop. Bracken pulled at this time of year makes a comfortable mattress under the groundsheet. And it happens to be about the optimum time to do the job to substantially reduce regrowth of bracken next year. There will also be planting of Sequoia Sempervirens (Coast Redwoods) as memorials to Judi Bari who was bombed by dirty Capitalists in California.

The main day in the Wales event will be July 2nd at 2pm when local Union interested people are likely to come for a stone we are having inscribed with IWW badge and saying "Centenary of the IWW. We salute the Unofficial Reform Committee of the Fed for "The Miners' Next Step 1912" & plant Sequoias for Judi Bari. 

July 13 - Olympia, WA: Party of the Century, Celebrating 100 Years of the IWW. 6PM 105 N. Sherman St. (ABC House) Suggested donation: $2 (no one turned away) Featuring: Chris Chandler, Radical spoken word artist The Pizza Time Strikers’ Traveling Pizza Oven Song & Merriment

September 6 - November 23; University of Michigan Special Collections Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan - "Soapboxers and Saboteurs: 100 Years of Wobbly Solidarity." Exhibit commemmorating 100 years of the IWW with materials from the Labadie Collection. Open to the public. October 19, same location: Reception featuring labor singer Anne Feeney. Please see this site or contact Julie Herrada at

September 15-17; University of Missouri, Kansas City - Conference on Radical Economics in the 20th Century: Radical Economics and the Labor Movement. Will be held at the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology. Details Here.

October 21-23; Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan - North American Labor History Conference. This conference will focus on the IWW's first 100 years. Check back for more information or contact the Centenary Coordinator.

Past List of Centenary Events (what you may have missed)

October 2004-February 2005; Chicago, Illinois - Outspoken: Chicago's Free Speech Tradition at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

February 17, 2005, 4:00 - 6:00 PM; Boston, MA - A Blast from the Past: 100 Years of the Industrial Workers of the World. Featuring Paul Buhle, Senior Lecturer, Brown University and editor, "Wobblies! A Graphic History"; Alexis Buss, General Secretary Treasurer, Industrial Workers of the World. Pound Hall 107, 1563 Massachusetts Ave. Sponsored by the Harvard Trade Union Program, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School And The Boston Globe.

February 18-20, 2005; Seattle, WA - The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, RiseUp! Productions and the Seattle Labor Chorus have teamed up to present an exciting celebration of workers. culture. A Festival of Workers. Culture will be held at the Seattle Labor Temple. This Festival of labor music, art, poetry and theatre will highlight the 100th anniversary of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

March 4-5, 2005; Providence, RI - Beyond the Borders: The Legacy of the IWW, Organized Labor and the Multiracial Community Today.

Sunday March 6, 2005, 1:00 PM; Newcastle, England - To mark the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Industrial Workers of The World. & the 20th anniversary of the end of the Miners Strike. The Side Cinema, Side, Newcastle - History, Origins and Role of the IWW. Followed by a showing of German TV documentary on the 1984/85 miners strike, Nov, Dec.84. David Douglass from the NUM and IWW Will speak on the miners strike and the aftermath.

Sunday March 6, 2005, 7:00 PM; Newcastle, England - The Tyneside-Irish Centre (lounge) Gallowgate, Newcastle. Ian Lavery, National President NUM. The Miners Long Strike and where do the miners stand today? Banner Theatre, presentation of Burning Issues, miners history, in song, voices and film Followed my music and songs and a canny crack

April 1-2, 2005; Denver/Boulder, CO - Concert and afternoon workshop featuring Charlie King and Karen Brandow, labor and folk artists.

    WORKSHOPS: Long-time activist musicians Charlie King & Karen Brandow will present “Songs, Stories and Graphic Images” in celebration of the 100 year history of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW):

    • Friday, April 1st, 2005, 12 Noon - 1:30 PM, Room 180 Benson Earth Sciences Building, across from Folsom Stadium on the CU Campus. Betty Ball at RMPJC for info. (303) 444-6981.

    • Saturday, April 2nd, 2 PM - 3:30 PM, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 915 East 9th (at Emerson) in Denver. Lowell May for info. (303) 433-1852.

    CONCERT: Charlie King and Karen Brandow (who have performed with Pete Seeger, Hollly Near and many others) and Dana Lyons (of “Cows With Guns", "Our State is a Dumpsite" and "Cry of the Forest" fame) , will perform April 1st, 7:30 PM, First Congregational Church, Broadway and Pine in Boulder. An evening of stories and songs about the great events of the day and extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Sponsored by RMPJC and Boulder Branch IWW. Info: Betty at RMPJC (303) 444-6981. $10- 20 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds. This event is A KGNU Presents.

Wednesday, April 20; 7:00 PM; Madison, WI - Madison Center for Creative and Cultural Arts (306 W. Dayton) History & Philosophy of the IWW in Song! A mix of recordings and sing-along of wobbly songs will be performed, with commentary, to illustrate the principles and historical context of the IWW. For information, call 608-255-1800.

Friday, April 22; 7:00 PM; Denver, CO - Utah Phillips in concert at St. Cajetan's on the Auraria campus downtown Denver. Tickets available at the Bread and Roses Workers center/ P&L printing, 2298 Clay St Denver 80211 303-433-1852 and at Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, 205 Canyon, Boulder 303-0444-6981 $15 general, $13 Auraria students, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Saturday, April 23; 2:00 - 4:00 PM; Boulder, CO - at the UMC on the UC Boulder campus, Utah Phillips will conduct a workshop on Anarchism.

Friday April 29th, 2005; 8:00 PM; Brooklyn, NY - Book release for Wobblies! A Graphic History of the IWW at Vox Pop, 1022 Cortelyou Rd. Brooklyn, NY 11218, 718-940-2084 Join contributing artists Seth Tobocman, Mac McGill, Sabrina Jones, Tom Keough, and Nicole Schulman in celebrating the release of Wobblies! For more information on Wobblies! go here.

Saturday, April 30; Denver, CO - Concert with local performers Ellen Klaver, Julie Davis, Debra Gallegos, Gary Ball, Harry Tuft and more. Donations accepted at the door. Swallow Hill's Daniels Hall, Yale and Broadway in Denver. Also about the same time, the unveiling of a book, locally published about the IWW Columbine Strike and massacre in 1927 near Lafayette north of Denver. Fellow Workers Lowell May and Richard Myers are heading up this project. We hope to be able to include the IWW traveling art show and a special showing of the works of Carlos Cortez.

Saturday, April 30th: 7:00 PM; Madison, WI - Madison Center for Creative and Cultural Arts (306 W. Dayton) A Celebration of IWW Culture. Music, theater, poetry and art! The Irish Brigade, Vicki Guzman, among many others. For information, call 608-255-1800.

Saturday, April 30th, 7:30 PM; Seattle, WA - Concert featuring Charlie King and Len Wallace with the Seattle Labor Chorus. Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 First Avenue, Hall 1. Advance purchase tickets are available for $12 Tickets are $14 at the door. Low Income admission is $5. Send payment to PNLHA, PO Box 75048, Seattle WA 98175. For more information call: 206-524-7753 or email:

Monday, May 2, 6:00 PM; Madison, WI - Two Degrees Coffeeshop (307 W. Johnson - Madison, WI) Mother Jones birthday party and discussion of radical labor politics hosted by local members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). The IWW is celebrating its own 100th anniversary this year. Enjoy some vegan chocolate cake and find out why you should pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living! For more information call 608-255-1800.

Friday, May 6, 7:00 PM; Milwaukee, WI - Puddler's Hall, 2461 S. St. Clair; May Day Concert with labor troubadours, Anne Feeney and Dave Rovics! For information, call 608-262-9036.

Friday, May 6; 7:00 PM; Winnipeg, Manitoba - Mondragon Cafe & Bookstore, 91 Albert Street - "It's We Who Plowed the Prairies": 100 Years of the IWW; An evening program with three parts: A short presentation on the history (and future) of the IWW in Manitoba (and a little of Canada as a whole); A musical set of IWW tunes by the 1919 Insurrectionary Orchestra; A display of historical materials/photos. This event will coincide with our Mayworks: Festival of Labour and the Arts 2005. For more information e-mail

Saturday, May 7; Newark, NJ - Conference on the IWW, Sponsored by the New Jersey May Day Committee in cooperation with Spirit of the Arts Foundation and Botto House/American Labor Museum. Details Here.

Saturday, May 7th; Madison, WI - May Day Concert with labor troubadours, Anne Feeney and Dave Rovics! at the Terrace in the UW Memorial Union. On May 14th the IWW will present a panel discussion on Wisconsin IWW history at 7pm at UW-Madison's Memorial Union.

Sunday May 8th, 12:00 - 2:00 PM; New York, NY - May Day Books & Infoshop, Theater for the New City, 155 1st Avenue (Lower East Side of NYC between 9th and 10th). A book party to celebrate the release of Wobblies! A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World, edited by Nicole Schulman and Paul Buhle, featuring the work of Peter Kuper, Harvey Pekar, Seth Tobocman, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, Sabrina Jones, Mike Alewitz, and many more. Paul Buhle will talk and sign copies of the book.

May 14; Albany, NY - James Connolly celebration. This event will focus on James. Connolly's life and contribution to the IWW and the international labor movement. Contact Greg Giorgio for more information: 518-861-5627;

May 29; 11:00 AM; Tacoma, WA - Wright Park (between Division Ave. and 6th Ave and S. Yakima Ave.) IWW Tacoma Centenial Rally. Please join with us to celebrate the IWW’s Centennial Birthday and hear speakers talk about the history, ideas, modern organizing and the greater relevance of the IWW in today's world: Jennifer Kelly, MC; Long Time IWW Members Eric Chase & Arthur J. Miller; Sean Leonard, Olympia Pizza Timer Striker; Aaron Yielding, Tacoma IWW Group. The hat will be passed for the IU 530 organizing campaign of over 200 IWW Stockton Trucker's. For more information e-mail


June 10-12; Vancouver, British Columbia - Pacific Northwest Labor History Association 2005 Conference. This conference will focus on the IWW. Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver. For more information go to .

June 17-19; Hartford, CT - A weekend of cultural events, films and discussions about the legacy of the IWW and its impact on today's labor movement.

  • Friday, June 17, 7:00 PM - Paul Buhle booksigning (location TBA).

  • Saturday, June 18, 7:00 PM - Charlie King and Karen Brandow in concert at the Charter Oak Cultural Center.

  • Special guest Joyce Kornbluh (author of Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology) will attend. Sponsored by the Greater Hartford Labor Council, Greater New Haven Labor History Association, Hartford Independent Media Center, Hartford Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

For more information contact or go to this site.

June 22 & 25 -- Pensacola, Florida:

June 22 - Local history aficionado Scott Satterwhite will give a presentation about the 1908 Pensacola streetcar strike at 7PM at the West Florida Regional Library Meeting Room, 200 W. Gregory Street. 

June 25 - a family-friendly event is planned at the Tryon Branch Library Meeting Room, 5740 N. Ninth Ave.  Helen Hudson will read the book "Click, Clack, Moo, Moo" about barnyard animals that unionize their workplace. The story will be followed by a screening of the animated film "Chicken Run." 

Later that evening, The I.W.W. will host The Labor Film Festival at End of the Line Cafe, 610 E. Wright St. Three labor films will be shown, as well as various readings about the I.W.W.'s past and present. This night of film and performance will begin at 6pm.

For more info contact:

June 23-26; Chicago, Illinois - Centenary Week! Utah Phillips and John McHutcheon concert, followed by conferences on the IWW's founding. Come to Chicago to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the IWW.