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The little red song book

PDF version of the "little red songbook": songs to fan the flames of discontent, first published by the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World union in 1909.

Blood on the coal: Colorado strike of 1927 - Patrick Murfin

IWW union hall in Walsenburg, 1928 when members rushed to defend it after it was

A short history of the great Colorado coal strike of 1927, called by the revolutionary union Industrial Workers of the World which lasted until the following year, facing savage repression and killings and won concessions, although not IWW union recognition.

Grace Lee Boggs R.I.P.

Grace Lee & Jimmy Boggs

Grace Lee Boggs, founding member of the Johnson-Forest Tendency (where her party name was Ria Stone), has died at the age of 100 in Detroit. She was born on June 27, 1915 and passed away today, October 5, 2015

Memorandum on the Bay Area food mart campaign

The Bay Area Food Mart Campaign began in 2009 and concluded in 2015. It was an experiment in reviving some of the IWW's essential revolutionary traditions in the context of the 21st century.

Chicago, Illinois rail conference report-back

Chicago rail infrastructure

On 19 September 2015, at least a dozen rank-and-file railroad workers gathered at the United Electrical Hall in Chicago, Illinois for a conference of 80 people with the purpose of building bridges with ecologists, especially given the recent spate of oil train derailments and explosions.

The Hollywood blacklist - Dan Georgakas

Brought in front of HUAC: Lucille Ball, star of I Love Lucy

A short account of the blacklisting of dozens of writers and actors from the movie industry in Hollywood amidst the anti-communist hysteria of the late 1940s and 1950s.

A people's history of Muslims in the United States - Alison Kysia

Muhammad Ali arrested for refusing the draft

Alison Kysia on what is left out of school textbooks and media reports on the history of Muslims in the US.

Concrete examples of non-Labor Relations Board union: part 1 - Phinneas Gage

A piece by Phinneas Gage detailing some examples of labour struggles that happened outside of state labour board strategies.

Necessary steps in tough economic times: New York students take to the streets in the wake of Occupy

A piece by Marianne LeNabat that takes us through an overview of how students in recent decades have become saddled with debt, how a student movement rose up in NY during the height of Occupy Wall Street, some of the lessons we can draw from organized resistance, and the ripples that student fights caused spreading solidarity throughout various sectors of society.

Solidarity in action: housing and labor groups support workers at Janus negotiations

Housing and labor groups come to support the workers of the Janus Youth Shelters as they challenge the boss during IWW negotiations. Workers and organizers confront the director of Janus, asking why he pays poverty wages while making $150k a year.