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


Monday October 5, 1903
Denver, Colorado - Denver Typographical Union Condemns State Militia

The Denver Typographical Union No. 49 met in session yesterday and adopted the following resolutions:

Resolved, By Denver Typographical Union No. 49, the pioneer labor organization in Colorado, that we reaffirm our loyalty and fealty to the law of the land, knowing, as we do, that personal safety vouchsafed to the people through the application of legal processes is the net result of centuries of human struggle against the despotic rule of might. We deplore and denounce the subversion of laws by the military arm of the state government, and declare it to be wholly in the interest and at the behest of the few rich and strong, and we declare the use of such force to be against the best interests of the masses of the people of the state.

Resolved, Further, That we urge upon the officers of the International Typographical Union to take active and immediate steps looking toward securing proper redress for the unlawful arrest and incarceration of the members of our sister Typographical union at Victor, and to that end the secretary of this union is hereby instructed to forward a copy of these resolutions to international head quarters at Indianapolis.

The Cripple Creek Strike
-by Emma F Langdon
(Part I, 1st pub 1904)
NY, 1969

Note: the entire text of Langdon's account of these events can be read here:

Sunday October 5, 1913
Calumet, Michigan - The Miners' Bulletin tells "A Woman's Story."

Big Annie leads parade of striking copper miners.
In a recent issue of the Miners' Bulletin, the official voice of the striking copper miners, N. D. Cochran profiled Big Annie of Calumet. Big Annie was in jail at the time that this issue of the Bulletin was published:
I have met Annie Clemenc. I have talked with her. I have seen her marching along the middle of the street, carrying that great American flag. She is a striking figure, strong, with firm but supple muscles, fearless, ready to die for a cause.

A militia officer said to me, "If McNaughton could only buy Big Annie, he could break the strike." I don't believe all the millions of dividends taken out of the Calumet and Hecla mine could buy her.

I walked fully two miles with her...and I thought what glorious men and women America would produce if there were millions of mothers like Annie Clemenc. I thought that one Annie Clemenc, miner's wife, was worth thousands of James McNaughtons.

Annie Clemenc is more of an American in my esteem than the spineless but well-meaning governor of Michigan. And as manhood goes, she's more of a man in fighting quality, in sand, in courage, in heroism than Governor Ferris.

If Annie Clemenc is in that dirty little jail now, the American flag would be better off on top of that jail than over some courthouse. Where she is there is love of liberty and courage to fight for it. Annie Clemenc isn't afraid to die.

Big Annie of Calumet
-by Jerry Stanley
NY, 1996

Photo: From Labor's International Hall of Fame


Saturday October 5, 2013
Big Annie Clemenc: research continues on the Joan of Arc of Calumet!

In a June 25, 2013 article in The Daily Mining Gazette, Kurt Hauglie writes:

Big Annie focus of new Copperotwn exhibit.

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - There have been many stories told in the last hundred years about the 1913-14 Michigan Copper Strike, but Joanne Thomas thinks the story of Anna [Ana] "Big Annie" Klobuchar Clemenc needs to be more thoroughly told.

Thomas created and set up an exhibit in the Coppertown USA Mining Museum on Red Jacket Road about Clemenc's activism supporting striking miners and her membership in the Western Federation of Miners Women's Auxiliary.

Read full article here:

I have found and purchased a new book on Big Annie, and can't wait for it to arrive:

Annie Clemenc and the Great Keweenaw Copper Strike
by Lyndon Comstock
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 12, 2013)

The Rebel Girl-Mats Paulson

And the grafters in terror are trembling
When her spite and defiance she'll hurl.
For the only and thoroughbred lady
Is the Rebel Girl.

             -Joe Hill

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Anti-Capitalist Chat, and History for Kossacks.

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