Scab bus blocked at Port of Vancouver

Scab bus stopped Vancouver WA Feb 26, 2014

On February 26th, 2014, 30 community members and Union supporters confronted and temporarily stalled a bus transporting a scab workforce to the Port of Vancouver. This action came one day before the 1 year anniversary of the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU) being locked out by United Grain in Vancouver, Washington. By Lataya Dailey, Dustin Hawks, and Shane Burley.

An Injury to One is A Concern For All

United Grain justified the lockout, citing a video their private investigator claimed showed sabotage of machinery by a Longshore worker. Upon reviewing the video, the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s office declined to file charges against the Longshoreman. Despite the lack of evidence, the lockout continues.

The trials of a noble experiment - Eugene Travaglio

Historical marker acknowledging the radical origins of Home, Washi

During its roughly 20 years of existence, Home Colony housed the only english-speaking anarchist newspaper in the United States as well as boasting frequent visits from such noted radicals as Emma Goldman and Bill Haywood. Written at the age of 90 from memory in 1966, this essay by Eugene Travaglio gives us a wonderful view into the most successful anarchist co-operative in Washington State's history.

by Eugene Travaglio

A review: socialist organizing attempts at Pizza Hut

A brief article by John O'Reilly on Socialist Alternative's efforts in fast food organizing.

The IWW is hardly the first organization to attempt to take on the terrible conditions that rule today in the food and retail industry in North America. In the heyday of industrial unionism, restaurants were frequently organized as part of larger drives by unions to organize basic industry.

Industrial Worker (Spokane, Seattle: 1909-1930)

A summary of the University of Washington's microfilm collection of the Industrial Worker newspaper.

Abstract:: The Industrial Worker was one of the most important publications associated with the Industrial Workers of the World. Published first in Spokane, then in Seattle, it remained the voice of the IWW in the Pacific Northwest for two decades.

Frequency: weekly except 1921-1925 when it was bi-weekly. 4 pages except for May Day editions of 8 pages.

The One Big Union in Washington

An article by David Jay Bercuson on the radical Canadian 'One Big Union' and its efforts to organize in Washington state (U.S.).

Originally appeared in The Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Vol. 69, No. 3 (Jul., 1978)

Red Harbor: class, violence, and community in Grays Harbor, Washington

A thesis by Aaron G. Anthony on class struggle in a Washington town.


Wesley Everest, IWW Martyr

An academic article about the life of Wesley Everest, a Wobbly who was lynched by an angry mob after defending the IWW hall in Centralia, Washington from an attack by the American Legion.

Spatial deconcentration in D.C. - Yulanda Ward

Cartoon by Ron Cobb

1981 article about a US Government housing policy - conceived in the aftermath of the 1960s ghetto riots - arguing that the policy was aimed at removing concentrations of potentially rebellious blacks and other poor people from the inner city and disperse them in small groups to the suburbs. Serious issues have been raised about some of the facts of this article, which are discussed here, but we reproduce it for reference.

Published in 'Midnight Notes', Vol. II, #2, July 1981, MA, USA
Original article first published by the Yulanda Ward Memorial Fund, Washington, 1981(?).


Spatial Deconcentration in D.C.
[Introduction By Midnight Notes]

1919: The murder of Wesley Everest

The burial of Wesley Everest

The story of the lynching of the American revolutionary unionist and former soldier Wesley Everest by "patriots."

Death of a Wobbly
Following the Seattle General Strike of 1919, in which the revolutionary rank-and-file union the Industrial Workers of the World was a key player, bosses and the US government stepped up the repression of the IWW.

1919: The Seattle general strike

A general strike of 100,000 workers, which saw the city shut down and all essential services provided under workers' control.

The First World War was hardly over, it was February 1919, and the leadership of the revolutionary rank-and-file union the Industrial Workers of the World was in jail. However, the IWW idea of the general strike became reality for five days in Seattle, Washington, when a walkout of 100,000 working people brought the city to a halt.