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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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.
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
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/ .
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.
“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 →
The 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.
Oregon 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.”
The 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.
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.
PNLHA 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.”