On our weekend labor calendar,
The film “Daughters of the Dust” screens free tomorrow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the film is a languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last bastions of these mores in America.
Jews United For Justice's annual Labor Seder is this Sunday starting at 5pm;
Complete details, as always, on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, the “Battle of Wall Street,” took place on this date in 1948, as police charged members of the United Financial Employees’ Union, who were on strike against the New York Stock Exchange and New York Curb Exchange (now known as the American Stock Exchange). Forty-three workers were arrested in what was to be the first and only strike in the history of either exchange.
Today’s labor quote is by Harry Bridges, the Australian-born dock union leader who died at age 88 on this date in 1990. Harry helped form and lead the International Longshore and Warehouse Union for 40 years.
Harry Bridges, who said: “The most important word in the language of the working class is ‘solidarity’”
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