And tomorrow night you can join the DC Labor Chorus for “songs that speak to your heart, head and feet!” at the “Favorite & Sacred Songs Holiday Concert” Saturday, December 13, starting at 7:30pm in The Chapel at the new ATU Training and Education Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. Admission is free; go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for full details.
Here’s today’s labor history: On this date in 2006, a U.S. immigration sweep of half a dozen Swift meat plants resulted in arrests of nearly thirteen hundred undocumented workers.
Today’s labor quote is by economist Henry George:
“There are three ways by which an individual can get wealth – by work, by gift and by theft. And clearly, the reason why the workers get so little is that the beggars and thieves get so much.”
Henry George was a 19th Century American writer, politician and political economist. His most famous work, Progress and Poverty, published in 1879, sold millions of copies worldwide. It is a treatise on inequality, the cyclic nature of industrialized economies, and the use of the land value tax as a remedy.