On today’s labor calendar, our guest on today’s edition of Your Rights At Work is Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Fischer; that’s today from 1-2pm here on WPFW;
Then at 6 tonight is the Awards Reception for winners of the Berger-Marks Foundation's Edna Award for Social Justice and the Kate Mullany Courageous Young Worker Awards; that’s a free event but you do need to RSVP;
Also starting at 6 tonight is DC Jobs with Justice’s Solidarity Squad Kickoff and Training.
As always, complete details and sign-up links are at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history,
On this date in 1950, U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy falsely charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists. It seems that just about everyone else the Wisconsin senator didn’t like was a Communist as well, including scores of unionists. This was the beginning of the McCarthy era, also known as the second “Red Scare,” when thousands of Americans were accused of being communists or communist sympathizers and became the subject of aggressive investigations and questioning before government or private-industry panels, committees and agencies. The primary targets of such suspicions were government employees, those in the entertainment industry, educators and union activists.
And yes, there are disturbing parallels with President Trump’s current obsession with so-called “Islamic terrorism” and his attacks on the media and anyone else who challenges him.
McCarthy ultimately was officially condemned by the Senate and died of alcoholism.
Today’s labor quote is by Clarence Darrow
“You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.”
Clarence Darrow was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union; he died in 1938.
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