After the Mass, participants will head to the Ellipse, where the Pope will briefly appear. He is NOT conducting the Mass at Immaculate; he will be conducting the Mass later that day at the Basilica, where tickets are required, and the Metro Council does not have any. The Metro Council’s office will be closed on both Wednesday and Thursday due to the traffic expected from the papal visit, but all staff will be working and available as usual via phone and email.
Today’s Labor Calendar is jam-packed with events; be sure to go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details: The Employment Justice Center Labor Day Breakfast starts at 8:30am at the Mayflower Renaissance Washington on Connecticut; Washington Post reporter Lydia DePillis will discuss Labor Reporting in the 21st Century at noon at the Woman's National Democratic Club; At 2pm, there’s a Rally to Welcome the "Nuns on the bus" on the Mall at 4th Street between Madison and Jefferson; Also at 2pm, catch a free screening of the film "A Day's Work" at the Public Welfare Foundation on U St NW, And then at 4pm, the “100 Women, 100 Miles” Pilgrimage and Closing Vigil take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine. Again, go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for details on these and other local labor events.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1862, the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, freeing three million slaves, though it did not outlaw slavery or grant citizenship to the ex-slaves.
In 1922, martial law was rescinded in Mingo County, West Virginia, after police, U.S. troops and hired goons finally quelled a coal miners' strike.
In 1934, the United Textile Workers strike committee ordered strikers back to work after 22 days out, ending what was at that point the greatest single industrial conflict in the history of American organized labor. The strike involved some 400,000 workers in New England, the mid-Atlantic states and the South.
And on this date in 2006, eleven Domino's employees in Pensacola, Florida formed the nation's first union of pizza delivery drivers.
Today’s labor quote is by Pope Francis, who visits DC this week:
“Once capital becomes an idol and guides people’s decisions, once greed for money presides over the entire socioeconomic system, it ruins society, it condemns and enslaves men and women, it destroys human fraternity, it sets people against one another and, as we clearly see, it even puts at risk our common home.”