On today's Labor Calendar, local musician and longtime labor organizer Joe Uehlein performs live in-studio and chats about his upcoming Joe Hill show with me tonight at 5pm on WPFW's "Live@5" Labor Edition.
And at 8pm tonight, catch a performance of “Waiting for Lefty,” one of the most celebrated and significant plays of the modern American theatre. The Clifford Odets play deals with the cynical exploitation of the working classes and is on stage at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center; there are also performances tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon.
Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1887, French transport worker and socialist Eugene Pottier died in Paris at age 71. In 1871, Pottier wrote “L’Internationale,” the anthem to international labor solidarity.
Today’s labor quote is from singer Billy Bragg’s adaptation of Pottier’s lyrics:
Stand up all victims of oppression
For the tyrants fear your might
Don't cling so hard to your possessions
For you have nothing if you have no rights
Let racist ignorance be ended
For respect makes the empires fall
Freedom is merely privilege extended
Unless enjoyed by one and all