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1917 Raids on the Socialist Party and the IWW

IWW HQ in Chicago, 1917

An article in the International Socialist Review from October 1917 about the federal raids on the Socialist Party and the Industrial Workers of the World the month before.

Chicago 1968

Chicago 68

A history and analysis of the Yippie Festival of Life and the clashes with the police that occurred in Chicago 1968 during the Democratic National Convention.

The Pullman strike, 1894 - Jeremy Brecher

Striking railway workers confront the National Guard in Chicago, 1894

Jeremy Brecher's excellent history of the massive but ultimately unsuccessful boycott and strike by the American Railway Union led by Eugene Debs against the tyrannical Pullman Palace Car Company.

The newspapers of the Young Lords Organization

Y.L.O. Number 2, May 1969, cover

Attached are digital copies of nearly all the newspapers published by the Young Lords Organization in Chicago and Milwaukee between 1969-71. While we would have political disagreements with some of the articles contained here, they represent a very important historical resource from a critical juncture US radical politics.

Chicago factory occupiers form worker cooperative

First, they occupied the factory to get their wages from the bosses that owned the machinery. Then, they occupied their factory to keep the second bosses from shutting down their machinery. And, now, they are on their way to owning and running the machinery.

Towards a new labor movement (principles of left communism) - For the Workers' Opposition

A manifesto written and presented in Spring 1981 by For the Workers' Opposition, a small group of anarchists and council communists from Chicago, IL inspired by the German/Dutch communist left.

Striking agreement: How one neighborhood school sees CPS’ attempt at a deal

CTU members on strike

A first-hand account from the Chicago Teachers Union strike, from education worker Agnieszka Karoluk.

On the Chicago Teachers Union strike

The following is from a Chicago member of First of May Anarchist Alliance. It is an overview of the situation and was drafted over the weekend in the lead up to the strike that has started September 10, 2012.

From gang-bangers to urban revolutionaries: the Young Lords of Chicago

An essay on Chicago's Young Lords Organization, a Puerto Rican radical group started by former gang members in the 1960s.

Staughton Lynd’s remarks on Solidarity Unionism

Staughton Lynd's speech at the 2005 IWW Centenary in Chicago, Illinois.