I’m very pleased to report that fundraising for the jazz opera “Love Songs from the Liberation Wars" has very nearly hit the $10,000 goal. "As we sing in the Love Songs finale, 'Love is the unstoppable force!' says director Elise Bryant, who’s well-known here on WPFW as one of the hosts of Sophie’s Parlor. Composed by Steve Jones and directed by Bryant, "Love Songs" tells the story of a strike led by African-American women at the R J Reynolds factory in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, an early victory against Jim Crow segregation. To help put their fundraising campaign over the top: go to laborheritage.org where you’ll also find details on how to order tickets; performances are Thursday, March 30, Friday March 31, and Saturday April 1.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1830, the term “rat,” referring to a worker who betrays fellow workers, first appeared in print in the New York Daily Sentinel. The newspaper was quoting a typesetter while reporting on replacement workers who had agreed to work for two-thirds of the going rate.
In 1884, the Trenton Times reported that "The laborers on the Cape Cod ship canal refuse to work and say they will not return until better food is provided." No further details were offered.
And in 1946, a four-month UAW strike at General Motors ended with a new contract. The strikers were trying to make up for the lack of wage hikes during World War II.
Today’s labor quote is by the DC Labor Chorus
The DC Labor Chorus, directed by Elise Bryant, which says
“We sing for solidarity. We sing for peace. We sing for jobs. We sing for justice. We sing for joy.”
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