On today's labor calendar, labor’s Get Out The Vote efforts in Virginia continue tomorrow starting at 9 a.m. at the NoVA Labor offices in Annandale;
Complete details on our website, dclabor.org, click on calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1879, union organizer and anarchist Luisa Capetillo was born in Puerto Rico. She organized tobacco and other agricultural workers in Puerto Rico and later in New York and Florida. In 1916 she led a successful sugar cane strike of more than 40,000 workers on the island. She demanded that her union endorse voting rights for women. In 1919, three years before her death, she was arrested for wearing pants in public, the first woman in Puerto Rico to do so. The charges were dropped.
Today’s labor quote is by Luisa Capetillo, who said:
“Do not buy finery or jewels, because books are worth more than they are. Adorn your understanding with their precious ideas, because there is no luxury that dazzles like the luxury of science.”
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