Celebrate the International Labor Day with a HotHouse special online cultural program with Jon Langford & Sally Timms + Bill Mac Kay and Marvin Tate + Shouts outs from Labor
Jon Langford and Sally Timms have been performing together in and around UK Punk Rock band the Mekons since the early 1980s. This acoustic duo situation is most likely born of pandemic necessity because they prize collaboration above all else and love to work with other writers, artists and musicians like Vito Acconci, Kathy Acker, Roger Knox, The Sadies, Will Oldham, Greil Marcus, Johnny Dowd, Lee Scratch Perry, Freakwater, The Magnetic Fields, Handsome Family and many more.
Marvin Tate is a multidisciplinary Artist and Educator. He has been active in the Chicago music scene since 1993 and has collaborated with the likes of Leroy Bach, Artist, Theaster Gates Jr. and the Black Monks of Mississippi, Angel Olsen, Tim Kinsella and Jazz artists: Ben LaMar Gay, Angel Bat Dawid, Mike Reed, French experimental group, The Bridge, AACM member, Earnest Dawkins and Soundscape Artist Joseph C.Mills.https://www.artistmarvintate.com/home
Bill MacKay’s blissful harmonic control and just–outside–the–box guitar mastery are one with his compelling songwriting, and his creative voyage and imaginative influences are fully displayed on his most recent solo records: Fountain Fire (Drag City, 2019) Esker (Drag City, 2017), as they are on SpiderBeetleBee (Drag City, 2017) his second duo set with Ryley Walker, and his collaborations with cellist Katinka Kleijn, STIR (Drag City, 2019) and with banjoist Nathan Bowles, Keys (Drag City, 2021). MacKay’s music has received praise in reviews by the Chicago Reader, Mojo, Uncut, Downbeat, Paste, Pop Matters, The Quietus, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and many other publications.https://billmackay.com/
with Jorge Mujica, Aislinn Sol, Andre Vasquez and others
Jorge Mujica is a journalist and longtime advocate for worker and immigrant rights, Mújica will give this year’s César Chávez Intercultural Lecture, Noticing Immigrants Just Because of COVID-19, on Sept. 23 in a virtual format.
Born in Mexico City, Mújica took part in several advocacy efforts in Mexico before moving to the United States in 1987. In both countries, he worked extensively on health and safety issues in the workplace. He also has collaborated with labor unions in organizing and election campaigns, and is one of the conveners of historic immigrant rights marches in Chicago in 2006. As a journalist, Mújica has worked for Spanish-language newspapers and TV stations, and has won national awards for investigative reporting.
Andre Vasquez (born May 21, 1979) is a Chicago politician, community organizer, and former rapper. He is the alderman of the city’s 40th ward. He won election to that office after defeating incumbent Patrick O’Connor in the 2019 Chicago aldermanic elections. Vasquez is a member of the Chicago chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Aislinn Pulley is a co-executive director of the Chicago Torture Justice Center founded out of the historic 2015 reparations ordinance for survivors of Chicago police torture. Aislinn is also a cofounder of Black Lives Matter Chicago. She was an organizer with We Charge Genocide, a founding member of Insight Arts, a cultural non-profit that used art for social change, and a member of the performance ensemble, End of the Ladder. She is a founder of the young women’s performance ensemble dedicated to ending sexual assault, Visibility Now, as well as the founder and creator of urban youth magazine, Underground Philosophy.
ROBERT G. REITER, JR.
Bob Reiter is the President of the Chicago Federation of Labor, the third largest central labor council of the national AFL-CIO. He previously served two terms as Secretary-Treasurer of the CFL from July 2010 to May 2018.
Bob is a third-generation member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. Throughout his career, he has worked as a labor attorney, an organizer, a negotiator and a lobbyist. In his role as president of the CFL, Bob serves on executive and advisory boards for labor, civic, and community organizations across Chicago and Cook County. His involvement with these organizations allows him to represent the interests of labor and protect the fundamental rights of all workers.
Bob holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science from Eastern Illinois University, and a Juris Doctor degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
DON V. VILLAR
Don Villar was born into the labor movement and spirit of social justice. His father was on strike, fighting for better wages and benefits for bank workers in the Philippines, when he was born. Like many seeking a better life for their young children, his parents and three siblings immigrated to the U.S. They first moved to Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood before settling in Lakeview. His mother was a proud member of UNITE-HERE, working at a flight kitchen at O’Hare Airport to put her children through parochial school. Don attended St. Andrew’s Elementary School and Quigley North Preparatory Seminary High School.
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