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Mother Jones, known to many as the name of a magazine. Her real name was Mary Harris Jones and she was an Irish American labor activist. I leave her life for you to investigate dear reader. I could do the work for you, but alas you really need to know the struggles she went through so that you, yes YOU may feel obligated to change your life in some very small ways to make the progressive movement stronger.

And now, the rest of the story,

Mt Olive, Illinois. . .  I drove past it many times in the past. After the layoff yesterday, The ?Mother Jones Memorial" sign grabbed my attention. . . A couple miles off of I-55 expressway in Central Illinois is a cemetery that holds her remains. Beside her rest men who were killed. . .  actually murdered during an attack by a coal company.

I got out of my car and walked around, taking a few pictures of the placards and headstones. Placed atop of the memorial next to Mother Jones grave was a package of Twinkies. . . Someone had placed it there. WIthout a message or a note. Reflection shows it wasn't needed.

We, Progressives, Liberals, need to get involved in this and other fights for the working man and against the companies that undercut them. Beside her lie men who lost their life for a cause, yet we unknowing buy Koch products from Walmarts and those silenced workers struggle on voiceless.

The tide is turning. Walmart employees are organizing walk outs. . .  Get involved. Show them support.

Stay at home and don't shop for ANYTHING of Thanksgiving Day.  

Sorry I can't get pictures into my internet machine and into the intertubes

Originally posted to Gilmore on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 04:42 AM PST.

Also republished by WE NEVER FORGET, In Support of Labor and Unions, and Shamrock American Kossacks.

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