Archive for August, 2014
Monday September 1, 2014, 6:00-8:00PM at the The Mill Museum.
In 1912, following the success of the Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a wave of wildcat strikes in quest of better pay and conditions swept through the textile mill towns of New England. One of the most successful was the strike against the Quidnick Mill in Willimantic, and later the American Thread Company. These strikes, initiated completely by the workers, mostly French-Canadian, Italian, Polish and Syrian immigrants, were supported at their request by the Industrial Workers of the World. After they were given the 10 % pay raise they demanded, IWW firebrand Elizabeth Gurley Flynn visited Willimantic to congratulate them and to set up what would be the first state IWW office in Connecticut. Come this Labor Day evening to join us as we reenact the strike and Flynn’s May Day address. Dress appropriate to 1912 highly encouraged, but not required.
Events at the Mill Museum
Monday, September 1st @ 6:00pm
On Labor Day, the Windham Textile & History Museum will hold a reenactment of a 1912 Willimantic Labor Strike.
In conjunction with this event, Prof. Jamie Eves, PhD will discuss the American Thread Strike of 1925 on Sunday, September 21 at 4pm. And Prof. Anna Kirchmann, PhD will speak about the Willimantic Strike of 1912 on Sunday, November 16 at 4pm.
Please join us at the Mill Museum for these presentations.
These programs are funded in part by a grant from the Connecticut Humanities.
In the spring of1912, Connecticut newspapers were filled with accounts of the successful Bread and Roses textile workers strike in Lawrence, Mass. Thousands of textile workers, mostly immigrant women and children, had gone out on a two-month strike against the American Woolen Co. The epic struggle resulted in pay increases, double pay for overtime and amnesty for strikers.
Workers at the Quidnick-Windham Mill in Willimantic, Conn., took notice. Whole families worked in the cotton fabric mill earning poverty wages. The textile workers lived in substandard housing and many relied on public assistance just to survive. On the day after the Bread and Roses strike ended, Quidnick officials told the local newspaper it was extremely doubtful their workers would get a raise.
The Karl Marx Tree: How Southern Pacific Railroad Killed a Socialist Colony in the Name of Creating Yosemite National Park.Posted: August 27, 2014 in For your information, for your reflection, we dig it.
Settlers of the Socialist Colony and the Karl Marx Tree.
Published today on the site of 48 Hills, The Secrets of San Francisco is a very interesting piece that I am sure all of us lefties will be very interested in reading. I know I was. We send out a big thank you to Marc Norton for writing this piece and bringing to light this important part of ourstories. We also thank Marc for the heads up on a book that should be among our reading material, Factories in The Fields written in 1939 by Carey McWilliams. McWilliam’s book is about the development of corporate agriculture and monopoly land ownership in California, and the long history of the struggles of California farm workers. A very important work indeed. Mr. Norton opens his article this way:
“AUGUST 27, 2014 — There has been considerable hoopla this summer around the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln putting his signature on the Yosemite Grant Act of 1864. Lincoln set aside Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias for public use and preservation. Yosemite subsequently became a national park in 1890.
Missing from this commemoration are the machinations of corporate power brokers, specifically the Southern Pacific Railroad, in the founding of Yosemite National Park. The very same legislative act that created the park in 1890 also destroyed a socialist experiment in collective living and enterprise – the Kaweah Colony – that had been organized socialists and labor activists based in San Francisco.
The Kaweah Colony posed a political and economic challenge to the dominance of capital in general, and to Southern Pacific in particular. With the support of Southern Pacific, the act that created Yosemite National Park was amended in secret at the last minute to expand the newly created Sequoia National Park, in order to expropriate lands that the Kaweah Colony had settled.”
To read the rest of the article go to, The Karl Marx Tree: How the Southern Pacific Railroad killed a socialist colony in the name of creating Yosemite National Park.
Thanks to IV an Chris for this update.
For over a month now, Jane has been in solitary confinement at CT Training Juvenile School, the boys’ facility. Legal progress has been slow and thingsare pretty stagnant with regard to progress on her case. We were promised an update this week on the possibility of a transfer and will report that as soon as we receive it. For now, please continue sending Jane letters of support and stay posted for a call to action. We believe that Jane’s case will stay in juvenile court, but that certainly doesn’t mean she is OK or that we need to stop fighting.
We need to renew our forces in demanding the truth about Jane’s conditions, demanding that she be released immediately and that her abusers be brought to justice. Stay tuned – we will be announcing a social media blast about Jane with the same demands we have been pushing for – Jane’s release, Katz’s removal, the repeal of statute 17a-12 and an independent investigation into CT DCF.
What: March and Rally to Drop the Charges against Luis Anglero, Jr.
When: Wed. Aug. 27 6PM
Where: The corner of Albany Ave and Main St. (Just North passed Capitol Prep 1304 Main St.) Hartford, CT
From Hartford to Ferguson to L.A. people are mobilizing and demanding an end to police violence in their communities. Less than 2 weeks after the murder of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, MO. Hartford, CT police officer Shawn Ware tased 18 year Luis Anglero, Jr. sending him to the pavement, were he hit his head and and had a violent seizure. Video and eyewitness reports clearly show there is no justification for the officers action. Luis is innocent of any crime yet he has been charged with “breach of the peace in the second” and “interfering with police”.
Cornell Lewis and Rabbi Donna Berman, executive director of Charter Oak Cultural Center called a meeting Monday to organize a response. Attendees included labor organizer Steve Thornton, Rev. Damaris Whittaker, pastor of the First Church of Christ in Hartford and representatives from Occupy Hartford, Mobilizing to Defend Our Rights and members of the Unitarian Society. A representative from Luis Anglero Jr.’s family was also in attendance and thanked the group for their support.
We invite you to gather Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Albany and Main streets in Hartford to demand:
– All charges against Luis Anglero, Jr. be dropped immediately.
– Place officer Shawn Ware under arrest for assaulting Luis
– Open the books on all protocol for using lethal and less lethal weapons, include a list of all weaponry used by the HPD
– Public hearings and community speak outs in every neighborhood to better understand the full scope of police brutality in Hartford
Contact Chris H. 860-593-6392 or Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org