“Nothing is possible without the dedicated work of our volunteers,” said UFCW president Mark Perrone, addressing the standing-room only gathering. For his part, AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka showered praise on the effort, noting that the food drive is the largest one-day drive in the country. “No child in our nation should go to sleep with the pain of hunger in her stomach,” Trumka said.
The Metro Washington Council's Community Services Agency strongly supports this campaign, added CSA Executive Director Kathleen McKirchy, noting that it helps thousands in the DC region.
The food drive takes place Saturday, May 13; letter carriers will pick up non-perishable food at your door.
On today's labor calendar:
On Your Rights At Work today at 1pm here on WPFW, our very special guest is renowned director John Sayles, who will be at the May 16 DC LaborFest screening of "Matewan," which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
And don't miss Joe Uehlein's Songs for the Resistance tonight starting at 5pm here on WPFW's Live at 5, performing with Tom Espinola and Carol Anne Bosco. You can watch the show live at the Takoma Busboys and Poets and then stay for Joe's full show from 6-8, also at the Takoma Busboys.
Full details are on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1886, the Haymarket massacre took place when a bomb was thrown as Chicago police started to break up a rally for strikers at the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. A riot erupted, 11 police and strikers died, mostly from gunfire, and scores more were injured.
Today’s labor quote is by William J. Adelman
Labor studies professor William J. Adelman, who said
"No single event has influenced the history of labor in Illinois, the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket Affair. It began with a rally on May 4, 1886, but the consequences are still being felt today. Although the rally is included in American history textbooks, very few present the event accurately or point out its significance."
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