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Thursday, March 31 3-4:30 pm, Kodiak Inn Best Western
Comfish Forum: Kodiak Cannery History
- The 1981 Cannery Worker Murders
- Kodiak's West Side Canneries
- Alitak Cannery

Join KMM at Comfish 2016, March 31- April 2 at the Kodiak Convention Center.
Stop by our booth to learn about our programs, renew your membership, and socialize with your friends and neighbors!

Comfish Kodiak
Kodiak Cannery History Forum

Thursday, March 31, 3-4:30 p.m. Kodiak Inn Conference Room.

Comfish Kodiak
Kodiak Cannery History Forum
Thursday, March 31, 3-4:30 p.m. Kodiak Inn Conference Room.

Join KMM for a presentation on the 1981 murders of two Filipino cannery rights activists. Other presenters will talk about the history of Kodiak's west side canneries and the Alitak Cannery

In 1981 two young cannery worker union organizers, Gene Viernes and Silme Domingo, were gunned down in Seattle by hit men hired by a corrupt union boss in league with Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos. As Filipino “Alaskeros,” Viernes and Domingo worked the slime lines of canneries in Southeast Alaska and Kodiak Island in the 1970s, and their experience with institutional racism helped fuel the struggle for Alaskan cannery worker civil rights. The lawsuit they helped file against three major canning companies eventually led to landmark anti-discrimination law in the U.S. Supreme Court. Kodiak Maritime Museum Director Toby Sullivan will discuss this case and it's impact on Alaska's canneries.



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