On today’s labor calendar, I’ll be guest-hosting the Arise! show from 9-10am this morning right here on WPFW, focusing on "Art and Activism" with guests Elise Bryant, Ron Carver, poet Mark Nowak and more.
And tonight you can catch a free screening of the new Ken Loach film, “The Spirit of '45”; starting at 7pm at American University with a reception beforehand at 6:30; go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here's today's labor history:
On this date in 1880, Frances Perkins was born. Perkins was named secretary of labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, becoming the first woman to hold a cabinet-level office.
In 1930, Dolores Huerta was born. Huerta was a co-founder, with Cesar Chavez, of the United Farm Workers .
In 1997, dancers from the Lusty Lady Club in San Francisco’s North Beach ratified their first-ever union contract by a vote of 57-15, having won representation by SEIU Local 790 the previous summer. The club, which later became a worker-owned cooperative, closed in 2013.
And on this date in 2006, tens of thousands of immigrants demonstrated in 100 U.S. cities in a national day of action billed as a campaign for immigrants’ dignity. Some 200,000 gathered in Washington, D.C.
Today's labor quote is by Dolores Huerta:
“Professional farmworkers who know how to do a number of different jobs, whether it be pruning or picking or crafting, they see themselves as professionals, and they take a lot of pride in that work. They don't see themselves as doing work that is demeaning.”
Dolores Huerta, who said: “I think organized labor is a necessary part of democracy. Organized labor is the only way to have fair distribution of wealth.”