You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
Wednesday April 22, 1903
From the Appeal to Reason: "A Letter from an Enthusiastic Woman"
Earlier this year, Naomi McDonald Phelps sent this letter to the Appeal:
I would like to answer Comrade Wells' suggestion in regard to women, where he says he thinks women ought to be coaxed into the Socialist clubs, as they would talk the old parties to death in no time. He says he knows, because he has lived with one for thirty-five years. The very idea that HE had lived with one thirty-five years, and she was still alive, ought to have prevented him from slurring his wife in such a silly manner. The fact is, men have that principle so engrafted in their natures, i.e., speaking of women in regard to public affairs much as they would of imbeciles and children...that their invitations to women to join their clubs are couched in such a manner, and their treatment of "the talking sex" is so contemptuous that the self-respecting women resent it. We're not babies; we're not fools. If you had been our servants as long as we have been yours...I believe with all my heart that you would have been a sex of blubbering idiots. By what twist of fortune's wheel men became so wise in their own conceits, fell so completely in love with their own preponderance of brains, is past the finding out of the wisest women...SOURCE
Yours for the Revolution
The Appeal to Reason, 1895-1922
-ed by John Graham
U of Nebraska Press, 1990
Tuesday April 22, 1913
Paterson, New Jersey - A little talk with Golden
Notwithstanding their attempt to break the Lawrence strike of a year ago, the Silk strikers were willing to give a listen to John Golden and Sarah Conboy of the AFL's United Textile Workers. The meeting called by UTW at the armory last evening was well attended. However, pandemonium broke out when the strikers learned that the I.W.W. leaders were not going to be allowed to speak, as had been promised.
With shouts and jeers, the strikers began to leave the meeting at which point, Sarah Conboy wrapped herself in a large American flag. The strikers shouted, "Three cheers for the flag," but continued to vacate the hall. Golden and Conboy continued their meeting, but only police and reporters remained in the large hall where previously 15,000 had gathered.
History of the Labor Movement in the United States Vol 4
The Industrial Workers of the World 1905-1917
-by Philip S Foner
International Pub, 1980
A Little Talk with Golden
-by Joe Hill
From Teamster Nation: Boston police: Today's heroes are the Wal-mart workers of yore
A recent article honoring Boston police and a little history of their union struggles:
Boston police aren't always treated with the kind of adulation they received at [Saturday's] pre-game ceremonies at Fenway Park. Writes Jimmy Golen at the Associated Press: "Some of the biggest cheers were for the police who tracked down the suspects."The article continues with a short history of the struggle of Boston police for decent wages and benefits. Read full article here:
More often the Boston police are vilified by corporate stooge local columnist Howie Carr for making too much money. Carr, if you haven't been offended by his radio show yet, is a Republican operative with a cruel streak who masquerades as a journalist.
There are plenty of people who agree with Carr, notes David B. on the Unions 4 Workers Facebook page: "Congratulations to law enforcement on an amazing job in Boston. Remember, virtually every officer - local, state and federal (except FBI) - is a union member. And nearly all of them have suffered through budget cuts, layoffs, furloughs etc. because a lot of people who are standing in the street cheering don't want to pay taxes to support police officers, fire fighters and teachers. Maybe people will start to adjust their priorities."
At the risk of politicizing the tragedy in Boston, we thought we'd offer this little reminder of how the Boston police had to fight for decent wages and benefits.
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