On today’s labor calendar, the annual Great Labor Arts Exchange begins today out at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center in Silver Spring. This four-day event includes labor workshops, films, music, spoken word, jam sessions and open mike. Everyone’s encouraged to bring your instrument, voice, beat box, song, poem, story or just yourself!
For complete details, go to dclabor.org, and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history: On this date in 1997, 100,000 unionists and other supporters marched in solidarity with striking Detroit News and Detroit Free Press newspaper workers. Hear more on this week’s Labor History Today podcast, available on your favorite podcast platform, just search for Union City Radio.
Today’s labor quote is by Joe Hill, the Swedish-American labor activist and songwriter, who said:
“A pamphlet, no matter how good, is never read more than once, but a song is learned by heart and repeated over and over. And I maintain that if a person can put a few common sense facts into a song and dress them up in a cloak of humor, he will succeed in reaching a great number of workers who are too unintelligent or too indifferent to read.”
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