Sometimes You Get the Bear

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In March, and again in April, a group of union members and supporters rallied on the common in Greenfield, a small (18,000 population) city in Western Massachusetts. The first rally was in response to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s union-busting legislative project, the second was part of the AFL-CIO’s “We Are One” [...]

Hey, GOP: How’s That Union-busting Thing Working Out for You?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The people who want to break the back of the labor movement call the legislation they’re pushing a “right-to-work” law. They’re so cute, those Right-wingicans. Stuff enough money in their campaign stash and they’ll call a turd an orchid – and try to pass a law to make you call it [...]

United We Stand, Divided We Beg

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The common in Greenfield, Mass., was one of 1.200 sites Monday where working people and their allies gathered for a day of rallies, teach-ins, and religious services organized by the AFL-CIO. The day was the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis to support the rights [...]

April 4, 2011: We Are One

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson On this day, 43 years ago, Martin Luther King was gunned down in Memphis as he stood up with striking sanitation workers and faced down the armed forces of a city and state to demand dignity and the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life. [...]

Report from the NYC Triangle Shirtwaist Remembrance

Guest Post by Susan Davis, posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson My friend Susan Davis, who lives and writes in New York, sent me this report on this monring’s Remember the Triangle Fire event.  I thought you’d like a firsthand report. Susan is a member of UAW Local 1981, the National Writers Union. Sunny day, but [...]

Remembering Triangle Shirtwaist

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson One hundred years ago today, on March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers, mostly women and mostly Jewish and Italian immigrants, some as young as 14, died in a horrific fire. Most, if not all, of their deaths could have been avoided. In a surprisingly passionate article in Fox Business, which I [...]

Revolution: A History Lesson

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson There’s a marvelous essay by Robert Freeman comparing the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt with those that began in Europe in 1848.  It begins In 1848, a series of revolutions convulsed Europe.  From Berlin to Budapest, Venice to Vienna, Paris to Prague, people rose up and overthrew the authoritarian monarchies that [...]

Street Heat Rises

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson While I write this I’m listening to the speakers at a rally at the Lansing, Michigan, state house. It’s a live video feed arranged by Michael Moore, god bless him. I don’t know how long the rally will continue, or when you’ll read this, but if you want to see whether [...]

Out in the Street

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The more of us that show up at rallies and demonstrations, the sooner we’ll get our country back. Libya to the contrary notwithstanding, it may be a little easier to get people out in the streets to overthrow a dictator than to defeat a legislature that promotes union busting, unbridled capitalism, [...]

The Lazy Way of Water — and a Word About Union Busting

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The thing to remember about water when the lowest level of your house is being flooded is that it’s as lazy as a three-toed sloth. Well, almost as lazy.  Sloths are known for hanging upside down and moving as little as possible. There’s a reason for this: their diet is made [...]