(1000+ posts) Sat Mar-12-11 08:40 AM
Original message ALAN GRAYSON: I'm ready to fight for what's right. What about you?
Edited on Sat Mar-12-11 08:41 AM by kpete
Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 01:30 AM EST
Did They Die in Vain?
by Alan Grayson
On May 4, 1886, in Haymarket Square in Chicago, the public rallied peacefully in support of 40,000 workers in Chicago who had gone on strike, to win the right to organize. The police attacked, and eight died.
On July 6, 1892, in Homestead, Pennsylvania, 3800 workers went on strike, to win the right to organize. Three hundred hired and armed goons attacked them. Five people died.
On April 20, 1914, in Ludlow, Colorado, 1200 coal miners went on strike, to win the right to organize. The Colorado National Guard attacked their shantytown, and burned it to the ground. Nineteen people died. Two women and 11 children were asphyxiated, and they burned to death.
Here and around the world, many people have fought and died, so that you and I would have the right to organize. And so that 250,000 public workers in Wisconsin would have that right, too.