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New! Record your own history in The Future Is Unwritten – A Working Class History Blank Journal, an elegant hardcover, sewn bound with 55 lb paper, inspiring quotations from thinkers and activists and 200 pages for your notes. Preorder now on Kickstarter: kickstarter.com/projects/wor…
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#OtD 24 Oct 1940, the 40-hour work week came into effect in America under Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the result of decades of militant working class struggle and organisation. Learn about some of those struggles here: libcom.org/history/strike-je…
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#OtD 23 Oct 1956 a spontaneous nationwide revolt broke out across Hungary which saw thousands organise themselves into workers' councils and militias demanding not a transition to capitalism but rather a socialism controlled by the working class itself libcom.org/history/articles/…
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#OtD Oct 23 2009 a public park in Madrid was made to remember Maria Luz Nájera, a left-wing student. Police killed her during a protest against a fascist murder of a bricklayer in 1977. Her neighbors and relatives spent 11 years campaigning for this space. libcom.org/tags/madrid
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#OTD Oct 23 1948 the United Brewery Workers union claimed most of its wildcat striking members in NYC would return to work the next day, supposedly to keep up the morale of bosses. The strike continued while the police ensured the safe transport of beer.
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#OtD 23 Oct 1901, a general strike broke out in Rosario, Argentina in response to the police killing of anarchist migrant worker Cosme Budislavich during a sugar refinery strike. More info in this article: libcom.org/history/bolten-vi…
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#OtD 23 Oct 1937 the @IndustrialWrkr paper announced the death of @IWW member, sailor and Spanish civil war volunteer Heinrich Bortz, from Germany. He escaped from a concentration camp and joined the Durruti Column International Battalion and was KIA libcom.org/history/iww-membe…
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#OtD 23 Oct 1874 German left communist Otto Rühle was born. He was involved in the Spartacus League and other groups like the KAPD and the AAUD-E. He made the famous statement that "the revolution is not a party affair." libcom.org/library/otto-ruhl…
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#OTD 23 Oct 1903 English anarcho-communist John Turner was arrested after his lecture in NYC. He was the first person to be deported from the U.S. for violation of the 1903 Anarchist Exclusion Act. After prison, he made bail and was sent home to England.
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In light of the massive general strike happening in South Korea right now, I'd like to promote @wrkclasshistory 's episode about labor organizers Jeon Tae-il and Lee So-sun as well as the show's episodes about the 1980 Gwangju uprising. As always the show is well researched.
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#OtD 22 Oct 1972, feminists in Vancouver, Canada founded SORWUC - the Service, Office and Retail Workers' Union of Canada. They sought to represent workers in marginalised, low-paying, largely female-dominated sectors libcom.org/library/sorwuc-se…
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#OtD 22 Oct 1905 30k workers in Chile rose up against poverty & price hikes. The police were overwhelmed so the rich formed a "white guard" to begin massacring the workers. After 250 dead, the rebellion subsided but the workers' movement continued to grow libcom.org/history/articles/…
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We are now three-quarters of the way to reaching our goal on Kickstarter for our new hardcover blank journal! If you want a copy to note down your battle plans for the class struggle, then back us on Kickstarter (and get a bunch of other rewards, too) kickstarter.com/projects/wor…
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Makes me think of this passage from In the Castle of My Skin, Lamming's narrator reflecting on his childhood, his experience of school in colonised Barbados and its relationship with Empire
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#OtD 22 Oct 1966 the most notorious prisoner in England, Soviet double-agent George Blake was broken out of jail by left libertarian peace activists (who didn't support the USSR at all) in an amusing and very "DIY" fashion libcom.org/history/1966-the-…
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#OtD 22 Oct 1935, British colonial authorities declared a state of emergency on the Caribbean island of St Vincent to repress a rebellion against high prices to benefit sugar interests libcom.org/library/labour-re…
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#OtD 21 Oct 1894 after a jailer murdered anarchist prisoner, Francois Briens, on the Salvation's Islands prison camp in French Guiana in September, anarchist prisoners revolted and avenged their comrade. libcom.org/history/the-priso…
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