On today's labor calendar, join the demand to Free Jailed Bangladeshi Unionists and Workers today at noon at the Bangladesh Embassy in Northwest DC. Complete details are on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history,
On this date in 1934, U.S. legislators passed the Civil Works Emergency Relief Act, providing funds for the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, which funneled money to states plagued by Depression-era poverty and unemployment, and oversaw the subsequent distribution and relief efforts.
In 1950, the Congress of Industrial Organizations, or CIO, expelled half a dozen unions for quote unquote “Communist tendencies” during the Second Red Scare, popularly known as "McCarthyism" after its most famous supporter, Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy, which targeted many in the labor movement.
Today’s labor quote is by Susan B. Anthony
“It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union...”
Susan B. Anthony, who also famously said “Failure is impossible.”
The suffragist, abolitionist and labor activist was born in Adams, Massachusetts on this date in 1820 and is buried in my hometown, Rochester, New York.
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