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Milwaukee's Labor Martyrs who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause
                               Frank Kunkel
                               Frank Nowarcyk
                               John Marsh
                               Robert Erdman
                               Johann Zazka
                               Martin Jankowiak
                               Michael Ruchalski
                               Two Unknown Workers

May 5, 1886   Milwaukee, Wisconsin

While marching to Bay View's Rolling Mill Plant, Milwaukee workers were shot down in the street. Their demand: the eight hour day. Please follow the link above to the excellent article by David Semenske, edited by libcom. I have little to add, but I was inspired both by the Milwaukee Martyrs, and by the current Solidarity Struggle, to write this song.

       -by JayRaye, May 2012
        (Tune: The Red Flag)

In '86 the 1st of May,
Milwaukee workers had their say.
The call went out to "shut 'em down."
The strike was spread across the town.

To Rolling Mills the 5th of May,
Their battlecry: "The Eight Hour Day."
The order came to shoot them down;
The blood of workers soaked the ground.

Then raise the Union banner high
Just as Our Martyrs fought and died.
They live within our memory;
They march with us to victory.

And now Wisconsin's governor
Plots with his favorite billionaire,
"Divide and Conquer" unionists;
Grant them the right to work for less." [chorus]

We stand in Solidarity,
Our Union banners waving free.
For this Our Martyrs gave their all;
So On Wisconsin to RECALL! [chorus]

And remember: They'll Never Keep Us Down!!
  -In Solidarity, JayRaye

Originally posted to WE NEVER FORGET on Tue May 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Progressive Hippie, Rebel Songwriters, and German American Friendship Group.

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