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

Monday April 13, 1903
UMWA Organizer Critical of Gompers for His Praise of Mark Hanna

Mother Jones is not the only UMWA organizer skeptical of the National Civic Federation. Much dismay within the ranks of the UMW followed praise of Mark Hanna, President of that organization, by both John Mitchell and Samuel Gompers. Gompers used the A.F. of L. publications to laud Hanna as "fair, if not fairer, than any other mine owner."

UMW organizer, W.C. Pearce, sent this reply to Gompers:

I have only this to say in reference to this matter that if this is the case it is no wonder that the miners of America are the most downtrodden case of workmen on the face of the earth today. I have never visited his mines, but I understand from my colleagues, who have been there, that the employees of the Hanna interest are in a deplorable condition.
The report issued in 1900 by the U.S. Industrial Commission concluded the same about Hanna's mining operations.

History of the Labor Movement in the United States Vol 3
The Policies and Practices of the American Federation of Labor 1900-1909

-by Philip S Foner
NY, 1981

Sunday April 13, 1913
Los Angeles, California - Lucy Parson, Age 60, Arrested

Lucy Parsons
The whereabouts of Lucy Parson are often reported to police when she arrives in any town. She is often harassed and arrested. So it comes as no surprise to learn that she was arrested in the City of Angels today along with her companion, George Markstall. The charge is peddling literature without a license, although the city seems to object more to the content of the pamphlets than to the violation of the peddling ordinance. Friends are becoming alarmed as the two elderly radicals are being held incommunicado.

Lucy Parsons
American Revolutionary

-by Carolyn Ashbaugh
Charles H Kerr Pub, 1976

Saturday April 13, 2013
From Labor Notes: Brooklyn Nurses Fight to Save Their Hospital

Linda O’Neil, RN, reports:

The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) is in the fight of our lives—to save Long Island College Hospital, and to stop for-profit companies from taking over New York patient care.

LICH has served patients across Brooklyn for more than 150 years. It’s the last emergency room in Brooklyn before you cross the bridge to Manhattan. That location gives it a property value pegged at up to $500 million by real estate developers and brokers, who are plotting to build high-rises with multi-million dollar views of the Manhattan skyline.

When the hospital’s owner, the State University of New York’s Downstate Medical Center, started talking closure, NYSNA exposed the facts: The hospital’s financial crisis was a result of gross mismanagement. It was plundered first by a previous owner, then by SUNY Downstate, which continued the pattern when it acquired the hospital in 2010....

NYSNA nurses have responded by exposing the real estate interests lurking behind SUNY’s claims and engaging the community in a strong coalition to keep the hospital open for care.

Read full article here:

New York State Nurses Association

Annie Laurie
Sung for Lucy by Albert Parsons on the eve of his execution.

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

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

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