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Unions speak out on Zimmerman verdict

Unions are lining up with civil rights groups and community organizations across the country and speaking out on the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin, an un-armed teenager.

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Today in labor history: Black farmer-union leader murdered by sheriff’s posse

A leader of the Croppers' and Farm Workers Union in Tallapoosa County was brutally murdered July 15, 1931, by a heavily armed white mob.

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Today in labor history: Mary McLeod Bethune born

Mary McLeod Bethune, one of our great civil rights leaders, was born July 10, 1875, in Mayesville, S.C. Her parents were former slaves.

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Today in labor history: Supreme Court ends laws against interracial marriage

The case was brought forth by Richard and Mildred Loving, who were imprisoned for one year for marrying in the state of Virginia.

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Today in labor history: James Meredith shot

On this day in 1966, civil rights activist James Meredith was shot while leading the March Against Fear from Memphis to Jackson.

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Mississippi Nissan workers go global in fight for justice

UAW President Bob King, and actor Danny Glover are in Johannesburg where that country's Metalworkers union has come out fighting for the right of 5,000 Mississippi Nissan workers to organize a union.

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Today in labor history: Homestead Act signed, for good and bad

President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act. It was a freedom opportunity for many, but also resulted in massive displacement of Native Americans.

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Today in labor history: A. Phillip Randolph was born

Randolph played a leading role in the fight for civil and labor rights, from the 1930s through the 1960s.

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Today in black history: Ali becomes heavyweight champion of the world

An activist, showman, and cultural icon, Ali was stripped of his title a few years later for refusing to fight in Vietnam.

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Today in labor history: Mandela released

By that time deputy national president of the ANC, Mandela helped to form Spear of the Nation, the armed wing of the Congress.

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