Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Today in Labor History—February 22

February 22, 1879"Révolte" first appeared in Switzerland, founded by Peter Kropotkin, François Dumarteray, and Élisée Reclus. (From the Daily Bleed)

February 22, 1892 – The founding convention of the People's Party met in St. Louis, with the support of the Knights of Labor, United Mine Workers and 20 other organizations. The party criticized political corruption, increasing concentration of wealth, and attacks on the rights of workers and farmers. (From Workday Minnesota)

February 22, 1917 – The Russian Revolution began. (From the Daily Bleed)

February 22, 1918 – At the height of the Red Scare, the office of the "Cronaca Sovversiva" was raided. Sacco and Vanzetti had written for this anarchist newspaper and donated money to it, marking their first official link to anarchist activities by the authorities.. (From the Daily Bleed)

February 22, 1921 – A wave of strikes in Petrograd occurred in opposition to terrible factory conditions and the discipline of 'war communism.' (From the Daily Bleed)

February 22, 2004 – Education Secretary Rod Paige called the nation's largest teachers union, National Education Association (NEA), a "terrorist organization" during a White House meeting with state governors. Meanwhile the Bush administration asserted the right to imprison citizens or non-citizens indefinitely without trial or access to lawyers, family members or journalists, as long as they were accused of being terrorists.  (From the Daily Bleed)

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