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Friday June 12, 1903
Morenci, Arizona - Federal troops break copper strike.

Federal troops arrived in Morenci yesterday along with six companies of the National Guard of Arizona. Five local strike leaders were arrested and will be taken to jail in Tuscon. The town is surrounded by soldiers, and the copper miners' strike is broken. The Arizona Republican describes the strike leaders:

Frank Colombo, the Italian leader; A. Salcido, president of the Mexican society; and W.H. Laustaunau, who was a big a good talker and a born agitator.. is locked up. The officers here claim he is responsible for stirring the ignorant Mexicans to a dangerous pitch of excitement.
Colonel McClintock has placed his men on the high hills surrounding the mining camp. They are armed with Krag Jorgensen rifles, and have a wide view of the company property. Superintendent Mills states he will be able to resume work at the mines immediately.
Copper Miners of Clifton-Morenci
Copper Miners of Clifton-Morenci
The Arizona Republican
(Phoenix, Arizona)
-of June 12, 1903

Thursday June 12, 1913
Ipswich, Massachusetts - Police open fire on picket line, one woman killed.

On Tuesday, June 10th, police here opened fire on the strikers' picket line at the Ipswich Hosiery Mill killing Nicholetta Paudelopoulou, 27, and wounding seven others. The wounded were taken to a hospital in Salem. Miss Paudelopoulou was taken to a nearby doctors office where she died of a bullet wound to the head.

Fifteen strikers were arrested, including the local leaders of the I.W.W. Nathan Hermann, I.W.W. organizer, Mr. E.L. Pingree, Secretary of the Lowell I.W.W., and Mrs. Pingree have been charged with inciting to riot resulting in murder. Thomas J. Halliday, National Secretary of the textile branch of the Industrial Workers of the World, has arrived to take charge of the strike.

The strike at the Ipswich mill has been on for the past seven weeks. At this time, 500 Italians and 100 Greeks remain on strike. Sadly, most of the 500 English-speaking workers have chosen to cross the picket line.

The New York Times
-of June 11, 1913

Wednesday June 12, 2013
From Making Change at Walmart: Dolores Huerta Stands With Walmart Workers

The following is a statement of support from Dolores Huerta, who with Cesar Chavez co-founded the group that later became the United Farm Workers.

"Around the country, Walmart workers are courageously speaking out for the basic dignity and respect all humans deserve. Rather than listening to their concerns, Walmart has resorted to frivolous legal maneuvers to silence and intimidate workers. This is yet another desperate attempt by Walmart to distract from the real issues facing workers and customers everyday in their stores and communities.

Walmart workers will not be intimidated by the company’s latest attempts to silence them. Their deep resolve to make Walmart a more responsible employer will not be deterred. History has shown time-and-time again that when courageous workers consistently come together, change can and will be made.”

– Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of the National Farmworkers Association

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Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

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