March 23, 2014
"Ain’t nobody got time for that!"

— Karl Marx
“On wage slavery” 1863

March 21, 2014
"Ten thousand times has the labor movement stumbled and fallen and bruised itself, and risen again; been seized by the throat and choked and clubbed into insensibility; enjoined by courts, assaulted by thugs, charged by the militia, shot down by regulars, traduced by the press, frowned upon by public opinion, deceived by politicians, threatened by priests, repudiated by renegades, preyed upon by grafters, infested by spies, deserted by cowards, betrayed by traitors, bled by leeches, and sold out by leaders, but notwithstanding all this, and all these, it is today the most vital and potential power this planet has ever known, and its historic mission of emancipating the workers of the world from the thraldom of the ages is as certain of ultimate realization as is the setting of the sun."

— Eugenie V. Debs “An Ideal Labor Press,” The Metal Worker (May 1904)

March 21, 2014
"Messiah is coming, he may be with us any minute- one can hear the footsteps of the Deliverer. If only he listens intently. Labor will rule the world and be free"

— Sidney Hillman
Member of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers 1919

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February 27, 2014
"Between 1880-1910 as many as 10,000 to 15,000 American workers a year perished because of on site accidents and poor workplace conditions with thousands more injured or sickened. Mostly in connection with mine and railroad work"

— Phillip Dray

February 27, 2014
“I would be a traitor to those poor burned bodies if I were to come here and talk about good fellowship. We have tried you, citizens! We are trying you now and you have a couple of dollars for the sorrowing mothers and sisters by way of charity gift. But every time workers come out in the only way  they know to protest against conditions which are unbearable, the strong hand of the law is allowed to press down heavily upon us…..I can’t talk fellowship to you who are gathered here. Too much blood has been spilt. I know from experience it is up to working people to save themselves”

-Rose Schneiderman

At a memorial meeting after the horrific fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City 1911. 

The fires start is unknown but the company managers had a policy of locking the doors to the stairwell from the outside to discourage workers talking unscheduled breaks. However when the fire began all the escape exits were locked leaving only a broken elevator. 

The International Lady Garment Workers Union had been on strike the year before, two of their demands that weren’t met were for adequate fire escapes and open doors from the factories to the streets. As one survivor put it “but the bosses defeated us and we didn’t get the doors open, so now our friends are dead” 

The fire killed 146 people, mostly young garment workers who’s average age was 19

“I would be a traitor to those poor burned bodies if I were to come here and talk about good fellowship. We have tried you, citizens! We are trying you now and you have a couple of dollars for the sorrowing mothers and sisters by way of charity gift. But every time workers come out in the only way they know to protest against conditions which are unbearable, the strong hand of the law is allowed to press down heavily upon us…..I can’t talk fellowship to you who are gathered here. Too much blood has been spilt. I know from experience it is up to working people to save themselves”

-Rose Schneiderman

At a memorial meeting after the horrific fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City 1911.

The fires start is unknown but the company managers had a policy of locking the doors to the stairwell from the outside to discourage workers talking unscheduled breaks. However when the fire began all the escape exits were locked leaving only a broken elevator.

The International Lady Garment Workers Union had been on strike the year before, two of their demands that weren’t met were for adequate fire escapes and open doors from the factories to the streets. As one survivor put it “but the bosses defeated us and we didn’t get the doors open, so now our friends are dead”

The fire killed 146 people, mostly young garment workers who’s average age was 19

February 21, 2014
"The issue is Socialism versus Capitalism. I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. We have been cursed with the reign of gold long enough. Money constitutes no proper basis of civilization. The time has come to regenerate society — we are on the eve of universal change."

— Eugene V. Debs
Open letter to the American Railway Union, Chicago Railway Times (1 January 1897)

February 20, 2014
"The time will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today!"

-August spies. Last words before being hanged. Framed for throwing dynamite at  police in the Haymarket affair that established may 1st as international workers day.

"The time will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today!"

-August spies. Last words before being hanged. Framed for throwing dynamite at police in the Haymarket affair that established may 1st as international workers day.

February 20, 2014
"Of course, Socialism is violently denounced by the capitalist press and by all the brood of subsidized contributors to magazine literature, but this only confirms the view that the advance of Socialism is very properly recognized by the capitalist class as the one cloud upon the horizon which portends an end to the system in which they have waxed fat, insolent and despotic through the exploitation of their countless wage-working slaves."

— Eugene V. Debs

October 15, 2013

Yo guys. I need I volunteered to being in a piece of “working class culture” to share with my fellow comrades at our next meeting. The problem is, I have no idea at all what to bring. The last person brought a poem by Bertolt Brecht and before that this comrade brought in a book he wrote about being a cab driver. Any ideas for me

July 31, 2013
Communists aren’t anti work

We just hate that the productive surplus of our laboring goes directly to a capitalist without any say on our part how that surplus should be allocated In return for subsistence wages that inherently are less(usually way less) than that labor we do to to create the surplus in the first place! That’s what we’re not jazzed about

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