Democracy Awakening's Congress of Conscience Day of Action yesterday wrapped up a week of activities pushing to get money out of politics. Thousands marched, rallied, took direct action and met with legislators on Capitol Hill. "Right now, too many in Congress are standing in the way of a democracy that works for all of us, including blocking Americans’ very fundamental right to vote," said Democracy Awakening. "That’s not just wrong—it goes against the very ideas behind our democracy." The AFL-CIO, many unions and the Metro Council participated in the event.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1911, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the nation’s “Furniture City,” more than 6,000 immigrant workers—Germans, Dutch, Lithuanians and Poles—put down their tools and struck 59 factories for four months in what was to become known as the Great Furniture Strike.
In 1995, an American domestic terrorist’s bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, 99 of whom were government employees.
Today’s labor quote is by Arnold Miller, who said
"We have only one political party in the country – The Money Party. And it has two branches – the Republican branch and the Democratic branch."
Arnold Miller was president of the United Mine Workers from 1972 to 1979