Here are some selected highlights:
Democracy Spring Labor Day takes place today starting at 11:30am at Union Station, followed by a UNITE HERE Local 23 rally nearby at 1:30pm.
Then on Sunday, April 17, join the Metro Washington Council and the labor movement for a Democracy Awakening and Congress of Conscience Rally at the US Capitol beginning at 1p.
The US Supreme Court is the target on Monday, April 18, when the justices hear arguments on the DAPA/DACA cases; meet in front of Union Station at 8A and march to the Court. Many of the events will include civil disobedience.
For complete details and all the latest local labor calendar updates, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1939, John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” was published. Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work. The book won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962. A celebrated Hollywood film version, starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford, was made in 1940.
Today’s labor quote is by John Steinbeck
who said "I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this,” referring to the Great Depression and its effects.