January

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Today in labor history: Leonard Woodcock born

Leonard Woodcock  was born to Ernest Woodcock and Margaret Freel  in Providence, R.I. in February 15, 1911. 

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Today in labor history: Martin Luther King, Jr. born

In a 1965 speech, King stated, "The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress."

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At Nissan and beyond, workers' rights are civil rights

Thanks to the works of those who came before us, this new generation is equipped with the knowledge of how to make change, and it is become more and more apparent what we need to fight for.

 

 

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Today in labor history: Tompkins Square Riot

The NYC police, on Jan. 13, 1874, overran a demonstration by thousands of unemployed in Tompkins Square Park in the neighborhood now called the East Village.

 

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Today in labor history: Stephen Hawking born

As recently as 2011, Hawking remarked, "Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge."

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Today in labor history: Author Zora Neale Hurston is born

On this day in 1891, Zora Neale Hurston, novelist and folklorist, was born. She is seen as one of the most important black writers in American history.

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Today in labor history: Poet Carl Sandburg is born

On January 6, 1878: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author Carl Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois.

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Today in labor history: Petition sent to Congress to end Fugitive Slave Act

On January 2, 1800 the Philadelphia black community petitioned Congress to rescind the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793.

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