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  •  Heartfelt thanks to SusanG for the diary resuce (4+ / 0-)
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    Hope some more people will read about the history of immigrant labor in the US, and how immigrants have always been a part of the labor movement (not an enemy of it).

    GOP War Criminals: Hague 'em High.

    by BentLiberal on Wed Sep 06, 2006 at 08:36:54 PM PDT

    •  Heartfelt thanks to you, BentLiberal (2+ / 0-)
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      for this diary that I missed. Haymarket Square is close to
      my heart, in part because of being from Chicago, in part
      because of teaching APUS history once upon a time & focusing
      on it, in part because, when we look at the immigrant labor
      movement, I have to agree with you whole-heartedly:

      The immigrant labor movement has come full circle. The next time that someone tries to tell you that immigrant laborers have some nerve protesting for fair working conditions in the United States, you tell them that it's as American as apple pie. The immigrants are from different countries and the jobs have changed some but the issues are the same as they ever were.

      It is never too late to be what you might have been...George Eliot

      by begone on Wed Sep 06, 2006 at 09:26:47 PM PDT

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      •  Then you might be interested in this (1+ / 0-)
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        ...which I found but didn't include for space reasons. It's a whole history of how Chicago has tried to commemorate the event...and the process turned controversial itself...from wikipedia.

        I can't paste the whole thing but follow the link and scroll down to "Haymarket Square in the aftermath"

        In 1889 a commemorative nine-foot bronze statue of a Chicago policeman by sculptor Johannes Gelert was erected in the middle of Haymarket Square with private funds raised by the Union League Club of Chicago. A statue of a policeman revealed the ambivalence of local residents to the riot as did the subsequent history of the statue. The irony of a statue of a policeman was likely not lost on the labor movement in the U.S., but its appearance and long maintenance and protection by the city is often not known by those around the world who honor the Haymarket events. On the 41st anniversary of the riot, May 4, 1927, a streetcar jumped its tracks and crashed into the monument (statements made by the driver suggested this may have been deliberate).


        Mayor Richard J. Daley placed a 24-hour police guard around the statue for two years before it was moved to the enclosed courtyard of Chicago Police academy in 1972. The statue's empty, graffiti marked pedestal stood in the desolate remains of Haymarket Square for another three decades, and was known as an anarchist landmark.


        On September 14, 2004, after 118 years of what some observers called civic amnesia, Daley and union leaders unveiled a monument by Chicago artist Mary Brogger, a fifteen-foot speakers' wagon sculpture echoing the wagon on which the labor leaders stood in Haymarket Square to champion the eight-hour day. The bronze sculpture, centerpiece of a proposed "Labor Park" there, is meant to symbolize both the assembly at Haymarket and free speech. The planned site was to include an international commemoration wall, sidewalk plaques, a cultural pylon, seating area and banners but a year later work had not yet begun.

        GOP War Criminals: Hague 'em High.

        by BentLiberal on Wed Sep 06, 2006 at 09:37:06 PM PDT

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        •  Editing might have caused some Daley confusion (2+ / 0-)
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          The Daley in the third paragraph is Richard M. Daley.

          Better to read the whole thing in the wikipedia link

          GOP War Criminals: Hague 'em High.

          by BentLiberal on Wed Sep 06, 2006 at 09:40:36 PM PDT

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          •  Hey, don't worry BentLiberal! (3+ / 0-)
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            Whispering now so no one can hear...

            Mayor Daley #1 came to, um, a Judge relative's funeral.

            Mayor Daley #1 gave a--what will I call it?--a great city contract
            for concessions to another relative for, well, a whole geographical
            portion of Chi-town (eventually rescinded--after a few decades)

            Another relative worked his butt off for Daley # 2 as a top advisor
            in his 1st campaign.

            Man, I have stories--but not on the internets!

            (No one's listening now, right? It's late. No one's here!)

            It is never too late to be what you might have been...George Eliot

            by begone on Wed Sep 06, 2006 at 09:54:34 PM PDT

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