2015 Events

Actor/activist WALI JAMALl does MARTIN DELANEY
Actor/activist WALI JAMALl does MARTIN DELANEY, a superb presentation
on a too often neglected historical Hero

The Battle of Homestead Foundation started its 2015 program with Thomas Merton and will close with the stirring sight of Norma Rae scrawling “Union” on a piece of cardboard and holding it aloft in a noisy, sticky textile mill.

BHF SCHEDULE OF 2015 PUMP HOUSE EVENTS — 880 East Waterfront Drive in Munhall, all free:

  • The Healthcare Movie”: An hourlong documentary about how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so different when, at one point, they were essentially the same. With 10-minute “The Second Stage of Medicare.” May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Healthcare Do We Need a Single-Payer System?”: Speakers will address major health care issues, including the Affordable Care Act, the UPMC-Highmark tussle and a single-payer system. May 16 at 2 p.m.
  • Enough Is Enough! The Death of Jonny Gammage”: Filmmaker Billy Jackson will be on hand to talk about his hourlong documentary about Mr. Gammage and his 1995 death after a traffic stop on Route 51 in Brentwood. June 4 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Human Rights in the African-American Community Dignity for Everyone”: An exploration of how to advance racial, cultural and economic justice in the region with panelists, including a fast-food worker affected by the fight for higher wages. June 6 at 1:30 p.m.
  • From NAFTA to the Trans-Pacific Partnership: The Global Corporate Attack on Jobs, the Environment and Labor Rights”: United Steelworkers International vice president Thomas M. Conway, an expert on trade issues and their effect on American manufacturing and industrial workers, will deliver the annual Bernard Kleiman lecture. July 11 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Mother Jones: America’s Most Dangerous Woman” and “Unveiling the Scars”: Two documentaries, the first about the Irish-American labor heroine and the second from producer Pauline Greenlick. She will present her film about a Ugandan woman who survived an acid attack and has organized other victims to fight for women’s and human rights. July 30 at 7:30 p.m..
  • The Environment and Organized Labor: Where Is There Common Ground?”: A look at how to mend the blue-green split and move forward progressively. Aug. 22 at 1:30 p.m.
  • The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson”: Several voices weigh in on the life and profound implications of her environmental work. Patricia DeMarco, former director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University, will lead a discussion after the new documentary. Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Labor’s Voice in 2015: What Is the Current State of Media Reporting on Labor Issues?”: A panel of journalists will look at how, in many cities, labor reporters are in short supply and anti-union voices seem to dominate the airwaves. Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Modern Times”: A screening of the 1936 Charlie Chaplin masterpiece in which the Little Tramp literally gets trapped in the machinery of the industrial revolution. Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Poetry at the Pump House”: In honor of Thomas Merton and Philip Levine, Robin Clark, Fred Shaw, Peter Oresick and Jonathan Robison will read select portions of the work of the honorees and some of their own poems. Oct. 3 at 1:30 p.m.
  • “Norma Rae”: With a little help from an out-of-town organizer, Norma Rae learns to stand up for her rights and actress Sally Field earns an Academy Award. Win-win. Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.


Poetry Film
Labor Music
William Serrin
Judith Serrin
John Hoerr
Nick Coles
Laurie Graham
Clarke Thomas
Melvyn Dubofsky
Mildred Beik
Jeanne Cecil
and Dorothy Svitesic
Jack Metzgar
Lori Jakiela
John Hinshaw
Michael Yates
Jan Beatty
Peter Blair
Robert Gibb
Peter Oresick
Timothy Russell
Tony Buba
Steffi Domike
James Catano
Jim Hohman
John Sweeney
Bill George
Leo Gerard
George Becker
Rosemary Trump
Jack Shea
Dan Kavolik
Lynn Williams
Oliver Montgomery
Sean George
Tony Slomkowski
Anne Feeney
Joe Glaser
Nelson Harrison
Mike Stout
Smokestack Lightning
Raging Grannies
History Artists
Distinguished Speakers

Dave Demarest
Russ Gibbons
Charles McCollester
Joe White
Gary Huck
Mike Konopacki
Robert Qualters
Bill Yund
Charlee Brodsky
Gene Levy
Steve Mellon
Annie O'Neill
Sandra Gould Ford
Mark Perrot
Mike Wagner
Ed Salaj
Ray Bodner
Betty Esper
Barney Oursler
Paul Lodico
Ed Salaj
John and Linda Asmonga
Bernard Kleiman
William Gaughan
Thorsten Gressor
Msgr Charles Owen Rice
Father Jack O'Malley
Ken Wolensky
Mike Healy


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