You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
Tuesday April 7, 1903
Hellraisers on the American Federation of Labor
Yesterday we saw that some unions affiliated with the A.F. of L. have constitutional clauses allowing for only "white-born" members to be admitted. However, the same end can be accomplished by different means. The Machinists, for example, have removed the constitutional ban yet accomplish the same goal with its rituals. Members are bound by ritual to propose only their white brothers for membership. Again, Samuel Gompers welcomes such unions into the A.F. of L. Hellraisers calls for all unions to practice a true Solidarity which embaces all workers regardless of creed or color.
History of the Labor Movement in the United States Vol. 3
The Policies and Practices of the American Federation of Labor 1900-1909
-by Philip S Foner
Monday April 7, 1913
Paterson, New Jersey - Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Reports from Paterson
Gurley reports on an IWW women's meeting:
[Carlo] Tresca made some remarks about shorter hours, people being less tired, more time to spend together and jokingly he said: "More babies." The women did not look amused. When Haywood interrupted and said: "No, Carlo, we believe in birth control-a few babies, well cared for!" they burst into laughter and applause.SOURCE
The Rebel Girl, An Autobiography
My First Life (1906-1926)
-by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
Sunday April 7, 2013
From Labor Notes: "Harry Kelber, 1914-2013"
Harry Kelber (1914-2013) spent 80 years as a labor activist. Through it all he championed worker ownership of their unions. When Labor Notes commissioned a roundtable on “organizing the unorganized” in 2007, Harry’s contribution argued that rank-and-file workers should be part of organizing drives...Read full article here:
In 2006 Harry addressed the Labor Notes Conference when he and two others of his generation received our Troublemaker Award (and Herman Benson and Erwin Baur are still with us). He recited from memory his poem “Wall Street Daydream” which began:
I wish I had a monopoly
Of the air that people breathe for free.
I’d have the world within my grasp
And I could squeeze and watch it gasp.
Every house would have a meter
And I’d charge so much a liter.
If anyone complained it wasn’t fair,
I’d simply disconnect his air….
Many articles about Harry dwell on his age, but we prefer to remember him for his lifetime of troublemaking.
Wall Street Daydream