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Of Sweatshops & Starbucks: Is the IWW a Good Union?

This is the third in a four-part series analyzing the Industrial Workers of the World as the failure of dual unionism in the American revolutionary left. This installment focuses on the structural capabilities of the organization, and its geographical and industrial reach.

Battle of Blair mountain, 1921, photo gallery

Photographs of the battle of Blair mountain, the largest armed rebellion in the US since the civil war. For five days in late August and early September, 1921 in Logan County, West Virginia, 10,000 striking coal miners battled with armed strikebreakers and federal troops following the killing of miners and their supporters in Welch and Sharples. Faced with the overwhelming firepower of US troops and even the air force, the miners eventually surrendered or returned to their homes.

West Virginia's mine wars, 1920-1921

Miners give up their weapons after the battle of Blair mountain

A short historical account and background of the often violent conflict between workers and employers in West Virginia's mines in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, compiled by the West Virginia State Archives.

No water, no peace! States of emergency and water shut-offs in Detroit

After a month-long moratorium, water shut-offs in Detroit have started again this week, leaving indebted households across the city with no access to running water.

Beyond F*ck You 2: workplace organizing against oppressive language and behavior

A sequel to a previous article, a Twin Cities IWW member writes about how he’s dealt with homophobic remarks and sentiments at work. This originally appeared in YOU BETTER WORK: queer, trans, feminist workers stories #1

A timeline of US women's labour history, 1824-2009

An interesting selective timeline of women's and women's labour and union struggles in the US.

March on the slumlord: Portland Solidarity Network brings community together to stand up to landlords

Miranda has decided enough is enough and is joining with the Portland Solidarity Network to demand the money she is owed from her former landlord.

1965 Watts riots photo gallery

Watts riots, Los Angeles, 1965.

Images from the 1965 Watts riots, which took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles from 11th-17th August 1965, resulting in over $40 million in property damage. The most severe riot in the city's history until the 1992 riots, it is considered by many to be one of the key turning points in the civil rights movement.

The No Gun Ri massacre, 1950

A short history of one of the biggest mass killings of civilians by US ground troops, the No Gun Ri massacre, which took place during the Korean war on 26 July, 1950.

"Hands Up, Don't Ship!" Minneapolis UPS workers protest shipments to Missouri police

A dozen part-time UPS workers in Minneapolis took protest action on the job August 22, after discovering ties between Missouri law enforcement and a company, Law Enforcement Targets, whose shipments we handle each day.