Showing posts with label May Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label May Day. Show all posts

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Day #4 -- May 1, 2014

"The most dangerous woman in America" looked like a kindly schoolteacher.  After her husband and children died of yellow fever and she lost her dress shop in the 1871 Chicago Fire, she began to serve as an organizer for the Knights of Labor and then the United Mine Worker's Union.  "Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living."

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Day #3 -- May 1, 2013

I was happy to see that police in Bangladesh have caught up with the owner of the building in Dhaka that collapsed and killed over 300 garment workers, perhaps 400.  He was trying to escape to India.  I hope he gets a fair trial and then gets the punishment that he deserves.

I wonder if the owners of the fertilizer plant that blew up and killed at least 14 and injured 200 will ever be punished.  I wonder if Governor Rick Perry who likes to boast that the lack of regulations in Texas is good for everyone will ever by punished by the voters.  I wonder if the officials who allowed a nursing home to be built near a fertilizer plant will ever be punished. 

Lack of protections for workers is good for no one. 

The cartoon is by Jack Ohman and was published by the Sacramento Bee on 25-April 2013.  Governor Perry did not understand it. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day #2 -- May 1, 2012

Today is May Day. The image comes courtesy of the Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University (  The 1912 Lawrence Textile Strike, the Bread and Roses Strike, was an important stage in the growth of unionism in the United States. Immigrant workers in the Lawrence, Massachusetts textile factories struck when a law capping the hours women could work in the week resulted in wage cuts for people who already could barely feed their families.

The A.F. of L. had little interest in organizing unskilled foreigners, so the Industrial Workers of the World stepped in, sending Big Bill Heywood and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn to lead a team of organizers. The Wobblies helped the strikers to gain sympathy by sending their children to other cities so they would not starve. Mill owners sent the police and the militia to stop a group of women from sending their children to Philadelphia. Photographs of police beating women, one of whom miscarried, lost any sympathy people might have had for management.

The poster decries the use of child labor in the mills and includes a quote from Bill Heywood: "The worst thief is he who steals the playtime of children."

All of this seems appropriate in light of attacks on unions by people like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Day -- May 1, 2011

Today is May Day. The cartoon comes courtesy of San Francisco's Holt Labor Library ( It seems appropriate in light of recent attacks on labor.

Yesterday was nice and warm. We went downtown.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Union City -- May 1, 2010

We went to a nice First Holy Communion party in Union City. Lots of wonderful Indian food. Nice people.
It was very warm. When we got to Pacifica, it was foggy. We went to 5 pm mass at Good Shepherd. It turns out that the flood was not caused by vandalism, just a problem with the plumbing. We'll have mass in the gym for a month starting May 18 while they repair the floor.