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

Monday March 23, 1903
Toledo, Ohio-Mother Jones to Speak Tonight at Memorial Hall

Mother Jones, the "Miners' Angel," is in town today and will speak at Memorial Hall this evening. She has been in West Virginia the past few months fighting beside the coal miners. She is expected to speak on conditions in the West Virginia coal fields which she has described in the past as "feudalistic."

Mother Jones was in West Virginia  on February 23rd when miners were murdered in their homes by gun-thugs in the small mining camp on Standiford Mountain. Such are the dangers for the miners attempting to become organized in the state of West Virginia. Mother will surely remember these brave boys in her speech tonight.

Mother Jones Speaks
-by Philip S Foner
NY, 1983

Sunday March 23, 1913
Akron, Ohio-Annie Fetjko, 18-year-old Rubber Striker Speaks Out

Miss Fetjko who worked at a Goodrich plant explains why she joined the strike:

My average two weeks' pay is $8 or $9. I can't save anything and I haven't seen papa or mama or the little brothers and sisters since I came here. They only live in Pennsylvania, too, but I can't save enough to go and see them. The last day  I worked I made 75 cents, and lots of days I made less...Charlie, one of the pickets, talked to me at noon. I decided I couldn't be much worse off so I laid down my tools and four other girls in that department followed me out.
The little red ribbons on the coats of the strikers signify that they have joined the Industrial Workers of the World.

History of the Labor Movement in the United States Vol.4
The Industrial Workers of the World 1905-1917

-by Philip S Foner
NY, 1965

Saturday March 23, 2013
From Jobs with Justice-"Earned Sick Days Victory in Portland: A Campaign Across Generations"

Last week, after a two-year campaign, Portland became the fourth city in the United States to pass paid sick days legislation.

...Family Forward Oregon led a grassroots paid sick days campaign with a strong coalition of diverse local and national partners, including Jobs with Justice, that galvanized the voices of those most affected and created change from the bottom up. This successful partnership shows what we can accomplish when we build effective, participatory community activism into our movement from the beginning.

Read entire article here:

Family Forward Oregon

Little Red Songbook of 1913:

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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