New Freeway Hall

5018 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118
Wheelchair accessible.

Directions via Public Transit
By bus take the #7
By light rail, near the Columbia City station; then it’s a short walk east.

Phone: 206-722-2453

Public Hours
Monday through Friday, 10 am-6:30 pm.

New Freeway Hall is available for rent. Click here for more information!

Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm, June 5-26, July 10-17

Labor History: A key to unlocking workers’ power today

Isn’t it time to fight back? This class series is an instrument for doing just that. Participants will study past achievements and failures, traditions and innovations, to understand how workers got where we are today — and how to move forward.

Course Schedule
June 5 - Power of workers: the strike
June 12 - Radical builders of a militant movement
June 19 - Sleeping with the enemy: what happened to the strength of unions?
June 26 - Rise of the excluded
July 10 - Not your grandfather’s movement: beyond “bread and butter” issues and traditional unions
July 17 - Regaining labor’s mojo in an era of reaction

Full course $45.00
Per session $9.00
Students, low-income
Full course $25.00
Per session $5.00

Register online HERE

Course registration options
Handouts are included in the registration fee. For more info, call 206-722-2453 or email
Pre-registration is helpful but not required.

New Freeway Hall. See address and transportation info above.

Steve Hoffman, Washington Federation of State Employees Local 304 Recording Secretary
Doreen McGrath, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 77 shop steward
Maxine Reigel, Teamsters Local 117 retiree and co-founder of Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity

These veteran labor militants will be joined by additional guest lecturers.
Affiliations listed for identification only.

Course Texts
Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America, by Joe Burns
Poor Workers' Unions: Rebuilding Labor from Below, by Vanessa Tait
100 Years of Labor in the USA, by Daniel Guérin

Readings will also be available as handouts. Additional materials include online articles and pieces from a variety of sources.

Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm

Discussion Circle – Capital by Karl Marx

•Demystifies the economic laws of capitalist production and why they are now holding back technological and human progress.
•Explains how the working class can dismantle the “dog eat dog” economy and replace it with one of cooperation.
•Initial sessions will introduce participants to dialectical materialism – the methodology that Marx used to dissect and understand capitalism.

This discussion group will be held at New Freeway Hall, address and travel information are above.

For info, call Emma at 206-348-2049.

Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm

Discussion Circle – Fascism and Big Business by Daniel Guerin

• Exposes industry’s role in bank rolling the rise of fascism in Germany and Italy prior to World War II.
• Discusses how fascism arose from the specific conditions of a social system in crisis.
• At a time when the far right is making gains in popularity and electoral strength, Guerin’s writings provide an important tool in understanding how to build an international antifascist movement.

This discussion group will be held at New Freeway Hall, address and travel information are above.

For more information 206-722-2453 or