MOBILE EXHIBIT EXPOSES MODERN-DAY SLAVERY: Learn about the history and evolution of slavery in Florida’s fields at a special exhibit – developed by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers – on display todayat the Church of the Pilgrims near Dupont Circle. “A century and a half after the Civil War, forms of slavery continue to exist in the world, including in the United States,” says Dr. Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University. “This Mobile Museum brings to light this modern tragedy and should inspire us to take action against it.” The exhibit features multimedia displays on chattel slavery, convict-lease, sharecropping and debt peonage and includes a cargo truck outfitted as replica of a vehicle used to enslave Florida tomato pickers in a brutal case prosecuted by the US Department of Justice (US vs. Navarrete, 2008). “Labor and human rights activists from all walks of life should visit this informative, interactive and truly inspiring exhibit,” adds DC Jobs with Justice. Click herefor more information. - photo by Fritz Myer
LABOR FOR GRAY FUNDRAISER TOMORROW: “I implore unions and members of the labor community to help support labor-endorsed candidate for Mayor, Vince Gray (l), at a reception and fundraiser tomorrow night,” says Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO President Jos Williams. “Throughout his career, Vince has demonstrated that he is a working families leader. He is sensitive to the needs of workers, both with respect to the creation of good jobs, and to the importance of training and sustainability of those jobs.” Make checks payable to "Vince Gray for Mayor" and bring them to the reception; maximum contribution is $2,000 per local, international or individual. Please RSVP to Alya Solomon: email@example.com. If you cannot attend, send your checks to the Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO: 888 16th Street NW, Suite 520, Washington, DC 20006. – photo: Vince Gray speaking at the 2010 Evening With Labor awards; photo by Bill Burke/Page One
CSA GOLF TOURNEY SET: Registration forms for the Community Services Agency’s annual golf tournament – now in its 15th year, scheduled for Monday, September 27– are available for download on the Metro Council’s website. “Be sure to sign up early so that you don’t miss out!” says CSA Executive Director Kathleen McKirchy. The yearly event benefits the CSA’s Emergency Assistance Fund, which helps area families in crisis. Click herefor more information and to download registration forms. – photo: at the 2009 CSA Golf Tournament; photo by Chris Garlock FREE GREEN LABOR JOURNAL: The National Labor College has released the July publication of the Green Labor Journal, a free monthly e-zine that “examines issues of green jobs, sustainability, clean energy and climate change from a labor movement perspective,” reports the NLC. This month’s edition includes articles on the sustainability movement in higher education; Philadelphia's plan for reducing energy costs and growing a green economy; and Green Labor Journal senior editor Jerry Brown provides a roadmap to U.S. independence from Persian Gulf oil and offshore drilling. Click hereto get your free copy today! – Boaz Young-El, AFL-CIO Union Summer Intern UNION VOICE: Readers Write: “I saw the mention in Friday’s ‘Weekend Labor History’ of the Alliance for Labor Action (ALA),” writes AFSCME Council 26 Executive Director Carl Goldman. “When I was a student in Montgomery College I interviewed the ALA Director for a school project. While I had been active in supporting the United Farm Workers since my senior year in high school, this was my first exposure to an organization of unionists that focused on applying specifically progressive politics to the labor movement beyond their own union. The need for progressive organizations of labor and about labor are no less needed today than they were back then.” Whether you love Union City, found an error or have a story suggestion, we love hearing from our readers! Email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
TODAY’S LABOR HISTORY: In Chicago, 30 workers are killed by federal troops, more than 100 wounded at the "Battle of the Viaduct" during the Great Railroad Strike (1877); President Grover Cleveland (below) appoints a United States Strike Committee to investigate the causes of the Pullman strike and the subsequent strike by the American Railway Union. Later that year the commission issues its report, absolving the strikers and blaming Pullman and the railroads for the conflict (1894); Battle of Mucklow, W.Va. in coal strike. An estimated 100,000 shots were fired; 12 miners and four guards were killed (1912); President Truman issues Executive Order 9981, directing equality of opportunity in armed forces (1948); The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect today. It requires employers to offer reasonable accommodations to qualified disabled employees and bans discrimination against such workers (1992); More info & ammo for unionists is available online from Union Communication Services. - photo courtesy Library of Congress
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