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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 3/25/1911 -- 100+ Women Burned to Death Awakening the US Conscience to Labor Rights


[historical info taken from American Experience presentation and poetry from Jonathan Fink]

On April 5, 2011, 400,000 New Yorkers, 1 out of 10, showed up in the rain to mourn the deaths of 146 garment workers, mostly young immigrant women, who had died in the deadliest workplace accident in New York history.

The victims of this fire, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory workers, incidentally, had been the vanguard group of picketers and protesters who had incredibly managed to trigger the biggest work stoppage in history -- 10,000 garment workers -- at the end of 1909. Read below the fold...

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Women's History Month Union Woman of the Day: Mother Jones


Mary Harris Jones, better known as “Mother Jones” and born in the rebel county of Cork, Ireland, was once described as “the most dangerous woman in America,” which must be up there with being “more dangerous than a thousand rioters”! She stated in her autobiography that her family had been involved in the “struggle against British rule” in Ireland. Indeed her grandfather was hanged as a result of his activity in the nationalist movement. Mother Jones played a huge role in bringing the issue of child labor to the forefront of the political agenda, writing in her autobiography: Read below the fold...

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Women's History Month Union Woman of the Day: Lucy Parsons


A few hours early. Shoot me.

The Lucy Parsons Project (all the info you ever wanted to know on Lucy)

Her Wiki

By the Women's History Information Project For almost 70 years, Lucy Parsons fought for the rights of the poor and disenfranchised in the face of an increasingly oppressive industrial economic system. Lucy's radical activism challenged the racist and sexist sentiment in a time when even radical Americans believed that a woman's place was in the home.

Early Life Read below the fold...

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MI protesters plan to take over Capitol

Activists confirm plans to peacefully take Capitol

A group of Michigan activists has confirmed that it plans to stage a protest in the state Capitol building at 4 p.m. today.

Lance Enderle, a former Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 8th Congressional district, confirmed moments ago that he is leading the protest.

“We are planning to exercise our free speech rights in a non-violent way,” Enderle said. “We will take the Rotunda, and we are not leaving.”

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Women's History Month Union Woman of the Day: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn


A brief intro to this series. Since it is union time with all this attack on unions and it is women's history month, and I am a Wobbly, I thought I would take the time to highlight some very important women from the history of the Wobblies. Enjoy.

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Chris Hedges -- What Our "Tolerating the Intolerant" Has Wrought. What Now Is Required.


Chris Hedges:

Our consumer society and celebrity culture foster a frightening historical amnesia. We chatter mindlessly about something called the “American Dream.” And now that the oligarchic elite have regained control of all levers of power, and that dream is being exposed as a cruel hoax, we are being shoved back into the cage. There will be hell to pay to get back to where we were.

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The Most Dangerous Woman in the World


Going from Madison, WI and being among tractors and 100's of thousands of protesters to Mt. Olive, IL and the graves of 100's of Union Miners and The Most Dangerous Woman in the World was a very humbling experience for this Industrial Worker of the World. If Mother Jones were alive today she would be in Madison and a general strike would be underway. This I firmly believe. Read below the fold...

NY's Political Crime Wave: Green's Hawkins Says Start Leg. Sessions With Lie Detector Test Not Pledge of Allegiance!


[email from Howie Hawkins, 3-10-11]

Green Party Decries Crime Wave at State Capitol -- Call for Lawmakers to Submit to Lie Detector Tests to Root Out Corruption

The Green Party of New York said today that state Democratic and Republican Parties have become an organized crime family at the State Capitol.

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How $100 makes your vote meaningless

By slipping in a BS $100 expenditure, MI state republicans have managed to foil any potential for the citizens of my fair state to be unable to repeal legislation that removes exemptions on taxing pensions and retirement income, while he has slashed business taxes, with a referendum!!!:

House bill could block referendum
LANSING — One $100 bill could block voters from a chance to stop more than a billion dollars in higher taxes.
Whether you think it’s a dirty trick or a smart move, a House bill to implement Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal to eliminate tax credits and exemptions contains a $100 appropriation — enough to make the plan immune from a voter referendum. Read below the fold...

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Who needs civil rights anyway?


Wisconsin Republicans went nuclear and passed the anti-union part of the bill today, voting 18-1.

Matt Miller, leader of the Senate Democrats, issues a statement:

In thirty minutes, 18 State Senators undid fifty years of civil rights in Wisconsin. Their disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage that will never be forgotten. Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people. Tomorrow we will join the people of Wisconsin in taking back their government.

I hope that this crap doesn't fly. Maybe the court system? The House (ha ha ha)? Read below the fold...

Opening Day of Florida Hunting Season


The public library is 3 blocks north of the magnificent spire created (in days past) by the Florida legislature to serve as its chamber. Its previous chamber, the rotunda (also known as the twin domes), was slated for demolition until the legislature was overcome by nostalgia. An astute tourist, more impressed by Florida architecture than its government, once remarked:

"Oh, look, dear! We must be in Phallahassee."

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Green Party Hawkins: NY Guv Cuomo's Jaw-Dropping War on Poor, Working & Middle Class Families vs. Green New Deal


[email from office of Howie Hawkins, NY Green Party]

Green Party Calls for State Lawmakers to Reject Cuomo's Austerity Budget -- A Green New Deal would invest in jobs, education, fair taxes

Green Party of NY State leaders today called Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget an attack on working and middle class New Yorkers that should be rejected by state lawmakers.

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An injury to one is an injury to all!


That's a quote from the blurb announcing that Family Farm Defenders is organizing a tractorcade into Madison this weekend. They're going to support their friends, family and neighbors. They're going because many of them work within co-ops and so understand the value of collective action. And they're going because their new Governor wants to gut the only kind of health care many of them can get/afford.

May Madison bask in solidarity and echo with the marble-in-a-coffee-can sound of compression ignition. Read below the fold...


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