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  • 100th Anniversary of Solidarity Forever

    This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Solidarity Forever. This video courtesy of Peter Doob is of the closing of the 2013 Fall concert of the DC Labor Chorus. For a great article on the history of this grand and powerful song, check out this article from Labor Notes.


    Love Songs From The Liberation Wars by Steve Jones

    Lib-Wars-image-1“Love Songs” tells the story of the 1943 strike at RJ Reynolds Tobacco in North Carolina, when 10,000 workers walked out, led by Theodosia Simpson, a 23-year-old African American woman.  “In many ways, this is a labor story forgotten in history,” says Steve Jones. The strike produced a cadre of leaders that transformed the South, according to Roz Pelles, AFL-CIO Director of Human, Civil and Women’s Rights.

    The performance will take place on Saturday June 21, 2014 following the Joe Hill Awards.

    The Washington Ethical Society at 7750 16th St. N.W. Washington, D.C.

     Click here to get your tickets!

    Click below to hear “Shower of the Roses”

    50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer

    Charlie King and Karen Brandow will present a Historical Performance Piece entitled Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round with script, music and pictures at the Friday, June 20th evening opening session of the Great Labor Arts Exchange. Charlie says the presentation features “history that made songs, and songs that changed history.”

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, one of the defining moments in the Civil Rights Movement. SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) organizers went to Mississippi to register black voters amid beatings, bombings and KKK raids. Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner were murdered, and the Freedom Riders went for a bus ride.

    Ain’t Gonn Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round offers a history of the Civil Rights Movement for African Americans from 1955 to 1967, highlighting activists such as Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hammer and Ella Baker.
    Make your travel arrangements and plan to come early. The show starts at 7:00 and is only open to registered participants.

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