Thursday, January 12, 2012

To Our Comrades Who Fought in Lawrence 100 Years Ago On This Date

Today is the 100th anniversary of the 1912 Lawrence Textile Strike (aka The Bread and Roses Strike). As someone who grew up in the Merrimack Valley, I was completely unaware of how important this event is to the region's history until very recently. There was a commemoration in Lawrence today, though I wasn't able to make it because of the snow.

I will remember these brave people who wanted nothing but better conditions and more autonomy, who were then put down by the bosses' hired private militias and the state. Never let it leave your mind that the state works for the rich and no one but the rich. As I'm writing this, there are workers who continue the fight for liberty in Nigeria and in China, as both the economy and the state - just like they did 100 years ago in the Merrimack Valley - have decided that their liberty isn't worth enough.


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