“Strike for Your Life!”; labor history's lessons for the COVID-19 crisis
Jeremy Brecher's “Strike for Your Life!”; Peter Rachleff and labor history's lessons for the COVID-19 crisis; plus a preview of Debs In Canton.
“The current situation has led us to reconsider the Minneapolis teamster strikes of 1934; their dramatic story shows that the labor movement is strongest when unions boldly organized workers on the job and in the community around a shared vision of fairness and justice.” Peter Rachleff, co-director of the East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul, Minnesota, on how “Lessons from labor history can inform our labor movement during the COVID-19 crisis.”
“As a labor historian, the closest thing I can think of to the spread of coronavirus strikes is the epidemic of sitdown strikes to spread across the country in the mid-1930s.” Historian and writer Jeremy Brecher, from “Strike for Your Life!”
Also this week, we preview Debs In Canton, a new audio/radio drama from the filmmakers of American Socialist: The Life And Times Of Eugene Victor Debs.
Produced by Chris Garlock; to contribute a labor history item, email email@example.com
Labor History Today is produced by the Metro Washington Council’s Union City Radio and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University.
The Minneapolis general strike; “Mongrel Firebugs and Men of Property”
“Politics of the Pantry”; “We Just Come to Work Here”
“The Long Deep Grudge: A Story of Big Capital, Radical Labor, and Class War in the American Heartland”
Jack Kelly’s "The Edge of Anarchy”; “Union Maids” director Julia Reichert (Part 2)
Virtual May Day rally builds on the militancy of the past to inspire workers today
Julia Reichert: ‘We Don’t Just Interview People Once’; Montgomery Ward busted; May Day and Mother Jones
Sacco & Vanzetti at 100; What happened to MLK’s dream?
Organizing during historic crises
Coronavirus essential workers’ rights
Socialists, suffragettes and fear at work
COVID-19: An injury to one is the concern of all
The Great Postal Strike, Watergate and “Casey Jones, the Union Scab”
Neutron Jack, Joker and Parasite
Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote
African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South
Striking Images: Labor on Screen and in the Streets
John Sayles on “Matewan,” “Yellow Earth” and more
Sisters, rebels and social justice in the Jim Crow South
Voices from the Lansing Auto Town Gallery
Code and preview