Saturday, October 8, 2011

Today in Labor History—October 8

October 8, 1889 - The Printing & Graphic Communications Union was created. (From Workday Minnesota)
Tom Mooney
 October 8, 1919 –A General Strike was called to demand the release of Tom Mooney and amnesty for all political prisoners.  Mooney was a labor organizer who was falsely convicted of the fatal Preparedness Day bombing. He was not released until 1939. (From the Daily Bleed)
Preparedness Day Bombing
 October 8, 1965The Indonesian military began massacring thousands of "suspected" Communists. The U.S. embassy provided death squads with the names of 5,000 “communists.” Overall, the reign of terror led to 500,000 civilian deaths. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 8, 1967 - Ernesto “Che” Guevara was executed in Bolivia.  (From Workday Minnesota)

October 8, 1969 – SDS Weathermen launched their "Days of Rage" in Chicago, during which they blew up a statue commemorating the police involved in the 1886 Haymarket tragedy bombing which resulted in the execution of innocent anarchists. The statue was replaced and blown up again in 1970. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 8, 1969 -- Disguised as a funeral procession, the Uruguayan Tupamaro urban guerrilla organization occupied the town of Pando, robbing three banks of over 40 million pesos. (From the Daily Bleed)

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