The 2016 DC LaborFest continues tonight with a screening of “Suffragette” at 7pm at the AFI Silver Theatre; “Suffragette” reveals the working women whose actions for social justice were the foundation for the early feminist movement. They had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing and, inspired by leaders such as Emmeline Pankhurst, were radicalized and turned to violence as the only route to change.
There are also a few spots left for tomorrow’s WPA MURAL TOUR at noon, a rare chance to see dozens of stunning New Deal-commissioned murals depicting the country’s postal heritage at the former headquarters for the U.S. Post Office Department, now home to the Environmental Protection Agency. The tour is FREE but you must register online at dclabor.org; click on LaborFest and then on the History and Art tab.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1886, the Haymarket massacre took place. A bomb was thrown as Chicago police started to break up a rally for strikers at the McCormick Harvesting Machine Co. A riot erupted, and 11 police and strikers died, mostly from gunfire, and scores more were injured.
Today’s labor quote is by Emmeline Pankhurst
“The argument of the broken pane of glass is the most valuable argument in modern politics.”
Emmeline Pankhurst, who also said; “We have to free half of the human race, the women, so that they can help to free the other half.”