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You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
                                                      -Mother Jones

Sunday October 4, 1903
Duluth, Minnesota - Duluth Trades Assembly Supports Cripple Creek Miners of Colorado

A few notes from the recent meeting of the Duluth Trades Assembly:

It was just 8:20 when President Henry Pereault called the Trades Assembly to order last Friday evening. It was a very small meeting, but what it lacked in attendance it made up in enthusiasm...

Secretary Barron was instructed to notify the Miners Union of Cripple Creek that the Trades Assembly was doing all in its power to prevent the exportation of strike breakers from this locality...

Ten thousand dodgers in four different languages were ordered printed and distributed on the iron ranges, advising miners of the strike at Cripple Creek.

The Labor World
(Duluth, Minnesota)
-of October 3, 1903

Saturday October 4, 1913
Calumet, Michigan - Big Annie Clemenc Arrested Once Again Leading Strikers' March

Ana K Clemenc
Ana K Clemenc
Last Wednesday Big Annie, known as the Joan of Arc of the striking copper miners, was arrested yet again, this time by a Major Harry Britton. Annie was marching at the head of 400 strikers, carrying her huge American flag as usual. They were on their way to perform picket duty at the mines when they were stopped by deputies and cavalrymen with Major Britton in command.

Major Britton attempted to arrest Annie, claiming she spit at a scab. When the Major used his sword to beat back a striker who came to Annie's aid, other strikers joined in the fray. Cavalrymen then charged into the midst of the strikers. Major Britton bragged:

Excited horses prancing about are the best weapons.
He describe the results with satisfaction:
..a striker with his head bleeding, blood flowing down over his shirt, [was] half-staggering along the road.
Annie was arrested along with nine others. Annie was released the next day, and went immediately to union headquarters to lead another strikers' march with her immense American flag.

Big Annie of Calumet
-by Jerry Stanley
NY, 1996



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Friday October 4, 2013
From Democracy Now: Government Shutdown Disproportionately Impacts Working Poor

I just heard—spoke to someone last night who said that she personally knew, she works with, in the New York City public schools and works with poor children, and had heard yesterday of mothers with young children—excuse me—who had gone to WIC sites and WIC programs in New York that were out of food. And that’s on day two of sequestration. And, of course, on the first day, 19,000 kids were kicked out of Head Start. And so, this is dramatic. It’s painful. It’s real. It’s not a game.

Union Maid-Old Crow Medicine Show

She'd show her card to the National Guard
And this is what she'd say:
Oh! you can't scare me, I'm stickin' to the union
Till the day I die.

          -Woody Guthrie

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Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Sexism and Patriarchy, Invisible People, In Support of Labor and Unions, Anti-Capitalist Chat, History for Kossacks, and True to Her Class and Her Kind.

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