The 20th Annual Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival is a weekend of solidarity honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an era of war, racism, and hard times. It takes place January 13–15, at the Union Halls of the Machinists Local 1781, the Plumbers Local 467, and Transport Workers Local 505, 1511 Rollins Road, Burlingame.
The festival features music, drama, visual arts, spoken word, poetry, photography and more! Admission: $10-15 seniors/students/unemployed, $15-20 working folks.
Some programs and invited presenters:
Fold-in/Folk Sing February 26The fold-in is at noon, Sunday, February 26, at the home of Abe & Joan Feinberg. The more, the merrier. Help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards, and make music. Bring a potluck dish and instruments.
Reprinted from the March 1965 folknik.
Since the folknik started publication, I have been told by several persons—gently and kindly each time—that the addition of ‘nik’ to a word has a derogatory implication and might be taken by some to be either a cut-down or a condescension (or even worse).
I’ll admit the name was my idea and at the time, no one objected or
came up with anything else. We can change easily enough if any one has a
better idea. In the meantime, I’d like to explain that (in my
innocence) I tho’t Nik was NICE. I first heard it when the R------s put up
their Sputnik and newspapers explained that this meant ‘little friend
who travels with us’ or something like that. And altho’ I knew Herb
Caen wasn’t being kind to the Beats when he added nik to their name,
I didn’t really let that bother me. When I saw nik on the end of a
word I still thought it meant it was something to love and take care of,
a friend and companion. Like folk music and people who sing it; you
know: Folkniks. I’m reminded that the “Quakers” were so called to
ridicule and mock them. But they have made Quaker a name respected the
world around. Having stuck us with ‘folknik’, I guess we’ll just
have to follow the Quaker example. Are you with me?