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This is the final installment of a four-part series that I first posted in 2006. The Haymarket bombing in 1886 Chicago gave the powers-that-be the excuse to have the police round up the most prominent labors leaders in the city and imprison them. It's hard to believe that this happened in America... but we can't but wonder how far the abuses of power could go if something similar happened today.

Within hours after someone threw a bomb into a crowd of police and rallying workers near Chicago's Haymarket Square, the mayor of Chicago - Carter Harrison - who just hours before had described the Haymarket meeting as "tame", now declared that:

Our great city cannot expect another day of lawlessness at the hands of the Anarchist forces that endanger our way of life.
Even more succinctly, District Attorney Julius Grinnell stated to the press:
We're making the raids first, and looking up the law later!
And that's exactly what they did.
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Fri May 04, 2012 at 05:10 AM PDT

May 4th, 1886 - The Haymarket Bombing

by dannyinla

This is the third in a four-part series about the Haymarket bombing in Chicago that I am reposting this week. The 2006 series originally coincided with a (still unproduced) screenplay I had written about the subject.  This week OWS has shone a spotlight on May Day, while the FBI has captured five self-described anarchists (who are merely terrorist thugs with no connection to anarchism).

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Shocker! I'm no expert on Chinese dissidents. Most of us at DKos aren't. I've been to China. Sort of. I've been to Hong Kong and Macau. Hardly the rural mainland. So, I freely admit that I don't know a lot about the Chen Guangcheng case.

Here's what I DO KNOW.

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Two days ago, I reposted the first in a four-part diary series about the Haymarket bombing in Chicago. The 2006 series originally coincided with a (still unproduced) screenplay I had written about the subject.  This week OWS has shone a spotlight on May Day, while the FBI has captured five self-described anarchists (who are merely terrorist thugs with no connection to anarchism). The first in the series is May Day, 1886... and how four citizens came to hang.

More to come on May 4th & May 5th.

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I rarely write diaries here anymore, but six years ago today I began a series on the history of the Haymarket bombing in Chicago. It coincided with a screenplay I had written (still unproduced, damnit!) about the subject.  Now, thanks to OWS, a spotlight shines on May Day.  Just moments ago, CNN was reporting on OWS and, shocker, connected it to the Haymarket bombing in Chicago. That brief victory is the catalyst for my decision to repost this yellowing and tattered diary from the past.

The others will follow on May 3rd, May 4th, and May 5th.

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7 days to go.

And this is not, as kos writes, the time to leave anything on the road.

Give to ActBlue. GOTV. Make the Great Shlep.

And take a moment to savor the victory that's in sight... by having a laugh with a couple of videos.

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This is a repost of a diary I wrote two years agoon the 120th anniversary of the Haymarket bomb that forever altered the American labor movement.

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Two years ago today, I posted a diary about May Day and the Haymarket bombing. I decided to repost it today in honor of those hung by a corrupt Chicago political and judicial system.

This was the first in the series that included:

May 3rd, 1886 - WORKINGMEN, TO ARMS!!

May 4th, 1886 - The Haymarket Bombing

May 5th, 1886 - Rounding up the Haymarket martyrs

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(cross posted at MyDD )

Recently Jeffrey Feldman has begun posting a Violent Rhetoric Watch series which is spotlighting the dangerous rhetoric of those who oppose an Obama candidacy and presidency. To quote Jeffrey:

What I've noticed in the past few months--unfortunately--is that violent rhetoric stands to become the 'swiftboating' of the 2008 election.  In particular, there is a concerted effort across a range of media outlets to define our candidates as violent threats to the well-being of American citizens.  With respect to Obama, this has taken the form of two alarming narratives:  (1) Obama the covert terrorist and (2) Obama the angry black man.  My gut and my experience tells me that these are frames the right-wing will spend hundreds of millions to plant in the American mind.

It may seem unrealistic to say this, but our task will be to prevent that from happening.

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Okay I don't do this often... except when it seems right.

There a diary on the Recent list that is in danger of scrolling off.

Please help us here in Ventura, CA

It's a diary about Mary Pallant, a 44-year-old Dem candidate for CA-24 which includes Simi Valley. Simi, if you don't already know, is known as the home of the Ronald Reagan Library... and you have to take the Ronald Reagan Freeway to get there.

What could be sweeter than seeing a progressive Dem take Simi. It's a tough battle but a deeply symbolic one.

I'll 'fess up - I never heard of Mary Pallant until I read thereisnospoon's diary... but she deserves a look.

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There was a time in the not too distant past that Larry C Johnson, who tirelessly promotes his ties to the CIA, was a darling of the Left. He spoke out against those in Washington that were trying to smear Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame.

In recent months, however, Larry Johnson via his writings at his own website and at Arianna's Huffington Post, has shown himself to be willing to do and say anything to smear one of our two remaining Democratic candidates - Barack Obama. He knows which side his bread is buttered on. For LCJ, a Clinton in the White House means access.

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Mon Mar 31, 2008 at 05:34 PM PDT

I. Am. A. Democrat.

by dannyinla

There are a number of comments and diaries (both here and at other blogs) that have prompted this diary.

But the biggest reason is that there are a handful of extremists on both sides of the Dem battle that have taken over the conversation. A handful of people who, for whatever reason, feel it is okay to smear our two Dem candidates.


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