On today’s Labor Calendar, DC Jobs With Justice hosts its first “Lunch With Justice” today at noon, focusing on Public Housing funding, NEAR Act Funding and Fair Budget Coalition priorities. Then, there’s a celebration of longtime Tri-County COPE Chair Bill Grooms' life from 2-4pm and 6-8 tonight; Grooms died last Sunday.
Complete details, of course, at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1886, The New York Times declared the struggle for an eight-hour workday to be “un-American” and called public demonstrations for the shorter hours “labor disturbances brought about by foreigners.” Other publications declared that an eight-hour workday day would bring about “loafing and gambling, rioting, debauchery and drunkenness.”
Today’s labor quote is by Reverend Ralph David Abernathy, arrested on this date in 1969 while picketing a Charleston, South Carolina hospital in a demand for union recognition. Ralph David Abernathy, who said:
"Bring on your tear gas, bring on your grenades, your new supplies of Mace, your state troopers and even your national guards. But let the record show we ain't going to be turned around."
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