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

Wednesday May 20, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - 12,000 Restaurant Workers Prepare to Strike

12,000 restaurant workers stand ready to go out on strike unless their employers grant certain concessions. The workers are demanding that wages be increased by 20%, and that hours be reduced to 10 hours on weekdays and 6 on Sundays. The strike will include all those employed in area restaurants: cooks, waiters, and general kitchen help. Barkeepers, chambermaids and porters will join the strike.

Charles Kiesler, President of Hotel and Restaurant Employees' Alliance Local No. 330, has just returned from the union's national convention in Philadelphia. He brought back word that the national leaders of the union will stand behind the strike.


Tuesday May 20, 1913
Paterson, New Jersey - I.W.W. Strikers Sing on Their Way to Jail

Eighty strikers were arrested yesterday as they tried to walk the picket line at the Price Silk Mill. The strikers were protesting the re-opening of the mill with scabs. About 2500 strikers arrived at 7 o'clock in the morning, half of them boys and girls who were not yet out of their teens. Of those arrested, twenty were women, many of them young girls.

In the afternoon, Recorder Carroll handed out his usual sentence of $5.00 or 10 days in jail. The strikers do not have $5.00 and must, therefore, serve the 10 days in jail. Patrol wagons were required to make several trips in order to transfer all of the prisoners to the county jail. On each trip the strikers could be heard shouting and singing on their way to jail.


Monday May 20, 2013
The Ed Show is back on the MSNBC! And he's covering a real national  scandal: hunger.

We have fed you all for a thousand years
And you hail us still unfed
Though there's never a dollar of all your wealth
But marks the workers dead
We have yielded our best to give you rest
And you lie on crimson wool
But if blood be the price of all your wealth
Good God we have paid in full


Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Mon May 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Hunger in America, Invisible People, In Support of Labor and Unions, Anti-Capitalist Chat, and Protest Music.

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