Saturday, November 19, 2011

Today in Labor History—November 19

November 19, 1904 – 6,000 members of the United Garment Workers of America struck at 27 wholesale houses in Chicago, which were then members of the National Wholesale Tailors' Association. (From the Daily Bleed)
Joe Hill
 November 19, 1915 - Joe Hill, IWW organizer and song writer was executed by a Utah firing squad after being convicted of murder on trumped-up charges. His final message from prison was “Don’t mourn, Organize!” His ashes were supposedly sprinkled in every state of the union, except Utah, because he had said, "I don't want to be found dead in Utah." However, it is said that the IWW still keeps a small vial of some of his remaining ashes. (From Workday Minnesota and the Daily Bleed)
Paul Robeson singing "I Dreamed I Saw Jow Hill"

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