Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1869, the Knights of Labor was founded. Its constitution bars from membership “parasites,” including stockbrokers and lawyers.
And in 1877, the Workingmen’s Party was reorganized as the Socialist Labor Party.
Today’s labor quote is by Helen Keller:
The few own the many because they possess the means of livelihood of all...The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor. The majority of mankind are working people. So long as their fair demands -- the ownership and control of their livelihoods -- are set at naught, we can have neither men's rights nor women's rights. The majority of mankind is ground down by industrial oppression in order that the small remnant may live in ease.
American author, political activist, and lecturer Helen Keller was a member of the Socialist Party of America who campaigned for women's suffrage, labor rights and socialism.