Labor Archivist of Washington’s Conor Casey on We Do the Work Radio Show

PNLHA member and Washington State Trustee Conor Casey was interviewed on We Do The Work radio: Tuesday, July 21, 6:30 pm, 91.7 FM KSVR. Casey, Labor Archivist and Director of the Labor Archives of Washington (LAW), explained how LAW was founded to preserve working people’s history and make it accessible.
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For more information on the Labor Archives and its collections, go to www.laborarchives.org.

WE DO THE WORK is dedicated to the well-being of all workers, union and non-union alike. The program believes that everyone who toils for wages or salaries, or who would if they could find a job, deserves to be treated fairly and have the opportunity to live in economic security. With the drastic increase in inequality over the last thirty years, fair treatment and economic security have become more mirage than reality to millions of workers.

Listen to We Do The Work Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, at KSVR, 91.7 FM, or Tuesdays, 6:30 pm and Fridays, 8:30 am, at KSVU, 90.1 FM or KSJU, 91.9 FM

For live streaming: go to http://www.ksvr.org/liveStreaming.html

Concert stresses cross-movement links

Feeney performs; Lyons in background

Feeney on stage with Lyons in background

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PNLHA members attended a musical event in Springfield, OR, July 18 designed to encourage cooperation between social movements, particular trade unions and environmentalists.

Billed as “a night of solidarity of environmental and labor activist, the 50-75 attending the event clapped, and sang along to some of the old movement favorites modified to suit the theme of the “Teamsters & Turtles – Together at Last” tour.

Labor singer Anne Feeney told the audience that the idea for the tour grew from her experiences as a participant in the 1999 Seattle protests against the World Trade Organization.

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SEIU Local 503 singers

The show featured Feeney and Dana Lyons, called the environmental movement’s minstrel, with warm-up performances by the Eugene Raging Grannies and the SEIU Local 503 singers. Many of the songs, including the labor anthem Solidarity Forever, were inspired by labor history events. Visit http://www.annefeeney.com and http://www.cowswithguns.com for more on Feeney and Lyons.

Eugene Raging Grannies

Eugene Raging Grannies

Proceeds from the event will go to the Civil Liberties Defense Center’s Backbone Campaign to run the “Next Generation Action Camp,” a week-long training workshop for youth 14 to 18.

The workshop is intended to “empower youth around the region by providing age-appropriate training and mentoring for future social justice and climate justice organizers and activists,” said a leaflet at the event. To donate or register visit: http://cldc.org/2015/02/20/2015-camp/ .

For more on Dana Lyons’s environmental music and a delightful animated version of his Cows With Guns theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5s5qGg01nE For Eugene’s Raging Grannies: http://www.raginggrannieseugene.com/home.html .

Commemorating Portland’s Bloody Wednesday

Longshore Workers, Historians, and the Community Remember How Pier Park’s Trees Saved the Lives of Strikers from Police Bullets

PORTLAND — Pier Park in St. Johns is typically a destination for disc golfers on a sunny Saturday afternoon, but on July 11th seventy-five people turned out to the park for a guided historical walking tour commemorating Portland’s “Bloody Wednesday.” Eighty-one years ago on this day Portland police fired upon unarmed strikers during the 1934 Maritime Strike wounding four men, hitting several trees, and infuriating the general public.

The event was hosted by the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association (PNLHA) and received support from three International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) locals, Portland State University’s Department of History, Portland Jobs with Justice, and community groups of the St. Johns neighborhood. Portland State University master’s student of public history Ryan Wisnor organized the event based upon his research on how the labor community accredited the trees of Pier Park for shielding the workers during the shooting.

“Fortunately the trees saved them,” were the words chosen by 1934 strike organizer Matthew Meehan in an oral history conducted before his death in 1977. Current longshoreman Matt Tyson of ILWU Local 8 read a passage from Meehan’s history to an audience of union members, labor activists, and St. Johns residents at the believed scene of the shooting — at the northern edge of Pier Park where Swift Blvd. once intersected with the railroad tracks. Continue reading

Oregon trustees talk roots music on KBOO

Nathan and Kate in concertThe Low Tide Drifters, Eugene’s premiere roots band, were the subject of a half-hour discussion about their music, their passions, and their labor-oriented politics on Portland radio station KBOO’s Old Mole Variety Hour.

Oregon trustee Nathan Moore, his partner Kate Dowling, and Chico Schwall joined host Norm Diamond, another Oregon trustee, for a lively and informative talk punctuated by some of the group’s best-known tunes performed live on air.

Listen to the July 6 broadcast here: http://kboo.fm/lowtidedriftersunderdogfolkmusic . For a further taste of LTD’s “underdog folk music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=10&v=1au_STyB2IY .

Member publishes fifth labor history mystery

Stoner coverOregon PNLHA Member Susan Stoner’s new Sage Adair labor history mystery, Dead Line, will be launched July 23, 2015.

“Sage Adair is slightly bored as he’s between missions for labor leader, Vincent St. Albyn,” says the promotional literature. “Things liven up when an arch enemy demands that Sage travel to Central Oregon to prevent a range war.

“Made an offer he’s afraid to refuse, Sage soon finds himself in the high desert, dodging bullets. To prevent injustice, innocent deaths and solve two murders, he teams up with a cast of characters who reflect the multicultural reality of the early 1900’s American West.

“Gypsies, Indians, Jewish traders, Irish sheepmen, German homesteaders, Missouri cowboys and others, all give life to a little-known, but colorful historical incident in Central Oregon’s history.”

Stoner’s books are published by Portland’s Yamhill Press, http://www.yamhillpress.net , and available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0990750906 . View the PNLHA interview available at pnlha.org.

Radical posters available online

labadiecollectionposter06The Joseph A. Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan Library has announced that its posters on anarchism, civil liberties, feminism, labor, and other political movements are online for the first time.

The library houses the oldest public collection of radical history posters in the United States with a digital archive of over 2,000 posters. The collection’s strongest holdings are in anarchism, and go back to founder Joseph A. Labadie. The Detroit-area labor organizer, anarchist, and author had the idea for the social protest archive at the university in 1911.

Many of the posters are visually striking, notes an article in Hyperallergic http://hyperallergic.com/217577/the-revolution-has-been-digitized-explore-the-oldest-archive-of-radical-posters/ also posted to Portside.com.

A sampler: one poster for a Toronto “Anarchist Unconvention” has ladies reminiscent of Matisse’s “The Dance” turning around cracking columns; a 1982 March for Peace & Justice poster in New York features colorful legs of different people emerging from a white dove; and, a 1996 Boston rally poster to defend rent control has raised fists illustrated as apartment buildings.

New labor studies podcast

Working History coverThe Southern Labor Studies Association (SLSA) has launched its podcast Working History. Hosted by SLSA President Beth English, podcast spotlights the work of leading labor historians, activists, and practitioners focusing on the U.S. South.

The inaugural episode features an interview with Hood College Assistant Professor Jay Driskell who discusses his book Schooling Jim Crow, in which he traces the three-decade struggle to build the first publicly funded high school for black students in Atlanta.

The SLSA promotes the study, teaching, and preservation of southern labor history. The podcast is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. Inquiries: workinghistorypodcast@gmail.com .

“Teamsters and Turtles” cross-movement event

Teamsters and Turtles - event poster - July 18, 2015PNLHA members in the Eugene-Springfield area are invited to a cross-movement solidarity event for labor and environmental groups/activists.

Anne Feeney, a labor singer and “notorious labor hellraiser,” and Dana Lyons, an “Eco Troubadour,” are touring the Pacific Northwest to help “build better connections and cross movement relationships.”

When: Saturday July 18th 8PM-11PM

Where: Sprout 418 A Street Springfield, OR

Cost: Sliding scale $5-50 ($20 Suggested)

The tour will go from Bellingham, WA, to Ashland, OR. For more, https://www.facebook.com/events/484424705040517/ .