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100 Years After the Assassination of Mineworker Organizer Fannie Sellins: A Community Commemoration
Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Gather and remember Labor Martyr Fannie Sellins at three Allegheny Valley locations:
1) Ducktown, 1230 Argonne Dr, Natrona Heights, PA 15065 where striking Miners rallied and Fannie was shot.
2:00-3:00 pm Community Commemoration
Assassination site “Ducktown,” Natrona Heights
Boy and/or girl scouts for the pledge, Joe Szalanski coordinator.
Master of Ceremonies: Jacqueline Cavalier
Invocation: Fr. Tim Thomson, St. Mary’s Ukrainian, McKees Rocks
Welcome, Jim Thomas – Allegheny Kiski Valley Historical Society;
Mine Worker Speakers: Nick Molnar and Kip Dawson
Community Speaker: Mary Cronk Farrell
Labor Welcome: (Darin Kelly, Allegheny County Labor Council)
Song: Anne Feeney and Fannie Sellins Chorus – Casey Deely, Ginnie Hildebrand, Bette McDevitt (other Raging Grannies, et al).
Reading – “The Only Wrong” statement of Fannie Sellins
Visit to the murder site
2) Brackenridge at USW Local 1196 Union Hall 1080 Brackenridge Ave, Brackenridge, PA 15014 to hear speeches about Fannie’s relevance today.
3:30-6:15 pm Steelworker Commemoration – USW Local 1196 (Brackenridge)
3:30 pm Fannie Sellins – Her meaning today: (Steffi Domike and John Lepley)
5:00 pm Dinner and Speeches (Union Hall and parking lot behind with tent)
Master of Ceremonies: Maria Soma, Director of Organization, USW
Welcome: Todd Barbiaux,
Invocation: Fr. Jack O’Malley
Song: Mike Stout – Remembrance of Tony Slomkoski
Fred Redmond, International Vice President USW
Levi Allen, International Secretary-Treasurer UMW
6:15 pm Leave Brackenridge for Arnold Cemetery at 6:15
3) Arnold Cemetery 2030 Freeport Rd, New Kensington, PA 15068 at the Mineworker Memorial to pray for the dead.
6:45 pm Mineworker Memorial
Fannie Sellins and Joe Strazeleski Gravesite, Arnold Cemetery
MC: Rosemary Trump – Battle of Homestead Foundation
Invocation: Reverend Rodney Torbit, Serbian Orthodox priest
Welcome: Rick Bloomingdale, PA AFL-CIO
Music, Tom Breiding
Tanya James, UMW International Auditor/Teller
Ed Yankovich, UMW International VP, District 2 emeritus
Candlelight and Taps
Sponsoring partners with BHF include United Mineworkers and United Steelworkers.
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