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

Thursday April 9, 1903
From the International Socialist Review: World of Labor by Max S Hayes

Comrade Hayes on Congress and Labor:

Well, the fact must be recorded that Congress has adjourned and that the labor bills introduced at the beginning of the session are suspended between heaven and earth-they are up in the air! The politicians played ping-pong with the labor bills. The eight hour bill, the anti-injunction bill, the safety appliance bill and the prison labor bill were rushed through one branch of Congress and into a pigeon-hole in the other branch, as per agreement between the Senators and Representatives.
International Socialist Review, April 1903

Wednesday April 9, 1913
Paterson, New Jersey - The Priest Who Stands with the Strikers

Not all of the priests in Paterson encourage the strikers to scab on their fellow workers. Elizabeth Gurley Flynn tells the story of one priest who came to her under cover of darkness with his coat collar turned up. He was greatly disturbed about the strike. He knew that his parishioners were suffering on account of the strike, yet felt that their demands were justified. He wanted to know something about the Industrial Workers of the World. He had read terrible stories about them in the newspapers, yet he could see the love and respect shown the IWW leaders by his people.

After a long talk with Miss Flynn, he returned to his parish and advised his flock to stick to their union. He warned them not to scab on each other, but to work together to win the strike. Miss Flynn states that she will never betray the identity of this "rebel" priest nor will the striker who sent the priest to talk with her.

The Rebel Girl
My First Life (1906-1926)

-by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
NY, 1979

Tuesday April 9, 2013
From Democracy Now: How Margaret Thatcher Turned Billy Bragg into a Socialist.

Full interview here:

From the BBC News, England: "Margaret Thatcher and the pit strike in Yorkshire"

With the news of her death at the age of 87, emotions remain high in Yorkshire's former pit communities about the miners' strike and the role of then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

At times, that strike - lasting from 5 March 1984 to 3 March 1985 - almost seemed to be a battle of wills between the Barnsley-born leader of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Arthur Scargill, and the Conservative prime minister.

In 1984, when there were 170 working collieries in Britain, employing more than 190,000 people, Mr Scargill obtained a "hit list" of mines the Thatcher government was planning to close...

With such a strong mining tradition in Yorkshire, Mr Kitchen from the NUM said animosity to Mrs Thatcher would remain strong even after her death.

"I think you only need to go round the mining community and see the devastation that she left behind in her wake and also the nationalised industry that she ran down for the sake of short-term profit," he said.

"I think with the devastation she brought to the country she doesn't deserve any remorse or respect from me."...

Read full article here:

National Union of Mineworkers

Remember the Miners Strike 1984-1985

Billy Bragg-Thacherites
Today we have a bonus song in honor of Margaret Thatcher:

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Anti-Capitalist Chat, and Rebel Songwriters.

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