On this day 100 years ago: Bread and Roses

N.Y. - Lawrence strike meeting (LOC)

N.Y. – Lawrence strike meeting (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

From the Modern School:

September 30, 1912 – The Lawrence, MassachusettsBread and Roses” textile strike was in full swing. On this date, 12,000 textile workers walked out of mills to protest the arrests of two leaders of the strike. Police clubbed strikers and arrested many, while the bosses fired 1,500. IWW co-founder Big Bill Haywood threatened another general strike to get the workers reinstated. Strike leaders Arturo Giovannitti and Joe Ettor were eventually acquitted 58 days later. (From Workday Minnesota)

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  1. (September 5, 2012: Lawrence, MA) – The New England Jewish Labor Committeer staffed a table at the Centennial Bread and Roses Festival held in Lawrence, MA, on September 3rd . People gathered at the NE JLC table and discussed our work in the region.
    This year was the 100th Anniversary of the Great Lawrence Strike of 1912, popularly referred to as the Bread & Roses Strike, when Lawrence, Massachusetts textile workers launched an explosive eight-week strike that popularized the slogan “Bread and Roses” – dignity and improved conditions as well as higher wages. Their victory made it clear that semi-skilled workers – many of them recently-arrived immigrants and nearly half of them women – could organize themselves to improve their working conditions, and their lives.

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