Hospital advocates — including union and community supporters — met with DC City Council members late in the week while Ward 5 council member Kenyan McDuffie went door-to-door in neighborhoods around the hospital urging residents to turn out for the October 10 Council hearing on the closing.
The coalition is asking supporters to call DC City Council members today and demand they tell Ascension: “Fix It, Don’t Close It: Save Providence Hospital.”
We’ve got Council member contact info on our website at dclabor.org
Today’s labor calendar is jam-packed;
the AFL-CIO election phonebank is up and running every weekday starting at 11am;
the Coalition of Labor Union Women hosts a panel on mobilizing the women’s vote at the “Sisters Not Afraid of Power” panel discussion at noon, which you can also watch online:
the 1-man show “Marx in Soho” will be at the Hyattsville Busboys and Poets starting at 6:30 tonight;
and the film “Dolores” – about United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta -- screens free tonight at the University Christian Church in Hyattsville;
go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details on all of these events.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1891, two African-American sharecroppers were killed during an ultimately unsuccessful cotton-pickers strike in Lee County, Arkansas. By the time the strike had been suppressed, 15 African-Americans had died and another six had been imprisoned. A white plantation manager was killed as well.
Today’s labor quote is by Lewis Hine, whose powerful photographs showing kids at work were instrumental in changing child labor laws in the United States. When Hine commissioned to document the construction of the Empire State Building, he photographed the workers in precarious positions while they secured the steel framework of the structure, taking many of the same risks that the workers endured. Lewis Hine, born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on this date in 1874, who said:
“Photography can light-up darkness and expose ignorance.”