Philadelphia

1996-7: Philadelphians campaign against welfare cuts

In 1996 state and federal welfare reforms threatened to leave hundreds of thousands of poor and unemployed under threat. A coalition of Philadelphian activists and homeless attempted to fight both state and federal welfare reform programs.

1965: Philadelphia Dewey's Restaurant Sit In

After Dewey's restaurant began refusing to serve suspected homosexual customers three teenagers staged a sit down protest, possibly the first sit down protest in support of Gay rights. Their arrest lead to a campaign by local Gay activists against discrimination at the restaurant.

Occupy Everything: Anarchists in the Occupy Movement 2009-2011

Since the first day that Zuccotti Park was occupied there has been a shadowy figure haunting Occupy Wall Street. The anarchist. Who is this anarchist? What role has she played in the Occupy Movement? What would Occupy be without him?

Hospital Voice

Partial online archive of a radical bulletin produced for hospital workers in Philadelphia, beginning in November 1970.

Philly retail workers build solidarity union - Jon Bekken

An article by Jon Bekken about the South Street Workers Union, an effort to organize food & retail workers in Philadelphia. Originally appeared in the Industrial Worker (April 2005).

A Wobbly Martyr's Grave - Bob Helms

An article by Bob Helms about finding the former home and grave of Martynas Petkus, a IWW member who was shot and killed by police during a strike in 1917. Originally appeared in Industrial Worker #1617 (November 1998)

Wobs fight Quaker union-busting

An article by Alexis Buss on an IWW campaign at a Quaker-operated office building in Philadelphia. Originally appeared in the Industrial Worker #1607 (December 1997).

My first years in Philadelphia - Joseph Cohen

Philadelphia Jewish Workman's Circle

A chapter from the autobiographical memoirs of Joseph Cohen, a Philadelphia-based Jewish anarchist at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. Translated by Emil Kerenji.

Forty years in the struggle: memoirs of a Jewish anarchist - Chaim Leib Weinberg

Chaim Leib Weinberg

Autobiographical memoir of Philadelphia-based Jewish anarchist, Chaim Leib Weinberg, translated by Naomi Cohen. It gives a great snapshot into the Jewish and Yiddish-speaking anarchist and working class movements in the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Human guinea pigs "band together" and win a pay hike

Two accounts by human lab rats who undertook successful strike action for better pay.