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

Thursday November 5, 1903
From the El Paso Herald: "News From Union Labor"

The American Federation of Labor plans to continue its disgraceful anti-Asian polices:

Exclusion of Japanese laborers will be asked of the forthcoming congress by the American Federation of Labor.
The attack against child labor laws continues in New Jersey:
The glass blowers of New Jersey have notified the governor of that state that they propose to contest the new child labor law of last winter, and the reason given by them is that they cannot run their factories at a profit without using boy helpers.
The closing of coke ovens in the East could be bad news for thousands of striking miners in the West:
More than 2000 foreigners have left the Pennsylvania coke regions for their former homes in Europe within the past few weeks. Thousands of others are going west and south. During the last ten days about 2000 coke ovens were closed, owing to the falling off in demand. There are more idle coke ovens in the Connellsville region now than there has been since 1900.
The rise of the American Federation of Labor:
Twenty-five years ago there were only a few fragmentary bodies of workmen organized in the different cities, but since the advent of the A. F. of L. in 1881, there have been affiliated with the A. F. of L. 110 international trade unions, with about 22,000 local unions under their jurisdiction, 29 state federations, 529 central labor unions and 1725 local trade and federal unions.
El Paso Herald
(El Paso, Texas)
-of Nov 4, 1903

Wednesday November 5, 1913
Ludlow, Colorado - Both Camp and Town Raided by Militia Searching for Guns

Soldiers of the state militia, led by Captain Philip Van Cise and Major Leo Kennedy, searched the tent colony as well as the town yesterday, in an attempt to disarm the striking miners. There is no report of any arms or ammunition being found in the colony. However, in the town a thousand rounds of ammunition were found in the freezer of the Italian butcher along with a Winchester rifle. Another thousand rounds of ammunition and several rifles and revolvers were found under the floorboards of the Greek bakery owned by a Mr. Nomis.

Militiamen on horseback.
The neutrality of the state militia is increasingly suspect. The militia has accepted the loan of horses and mules from the coal operators to use without charge. The Colorado Fuel and Iron Company has agreed to loan the state militia up to $80,000, quarter the soldiers in company buildings, and supply them from the company stores. Thus, Rockefeller's C. F. and I. is rapidly becoming commissary as well as paymaster of the Colorado state militia.

Word is spreading among the miners that the guns and ammunition taken from the deputized company gunthugs are being returned to them. These same gunthugs are then the fortunate recipients of the guns and ammunition taken from the miners.


Buried Unsung
Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre

-by Zeese Papanikolas
U of Utah Press, 1982

The Ludlow Massacre
A Study in the mis-employment of the National Guard

-by Alvin R Sunseri
IA, 1972

Photo: Photos of Ludlow, then & now.
Some great photos, check it out!


Tuesday November 5, 2013
More on the Colorado National Guard and Rockefeller's CF&I in 1913-14:

The basic control of the fountainhead of authority in Denver by the operators was the factor of greatest significance in their ability to determine the course of events. They also possessed important secondary advantages. The officer corps at the highest echelons were disposed towards them, the local political hacks were under their domination, and, most significant and often overlooked, is the fact that the coal companies controlled the material supplies necessary to successful operation. This was the decisive advantage. The result was that the Colorado National Guard was actually, willingly or not, a pawn of the group dominated by the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company.
The Ludlow Massacre
A Study in the mis-employment of the National Guard

-by Alvin R Sunseri
IA, 1972

Military Man-Thin Lizzy

They have trained your boy to kill
And kill someday he will.
         -Philip Parris Lynott

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 11:00 AM PST.

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

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