Today in Labor History: June 20
Striking African-American auto workers are attacked by KKK, National Workers League, and armed white workers at Belle Isle amusement park in Detroit. Two days of riots follow, 34 people are killed, more than 1,300 arrested – 1943
(All Labor Has Dignity: Dr. Martin Luther King was every bit as committed to economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation. He fought throughout his life to connect the labor and civil rights movements, envisioning them as twin pillars for social reform. As we struggle with massive unemployment, a staggering racial wealth gap, and the near collapse of a financial system that puts profits before people, this collection of King’s speeches on labor rights and economic justice underscore his relevance for today. They help us imagine King anew: as a human rights leader whose commitment to unions and an end to poverty was a crucial part of his civil rights agenda.)
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Labor Humor: A Deal With the Devil
Emerging from a sudden cloud of sulfurous smoke, the Devil appears in front of a banker. “I can make you even richer, known throughout the banking world and get you on the cover of Fortune magazine,” he tells the banker. “In fact, I can make you the greatest financier who ever lived.”
“Sounds good,” says the banker, “but what do I have to do in return?”
The Devil smiles, “You have to give me your soul,” he says, “and you also have to give me the souls of your children, the souls of your children’s children and, as a matter of fact, you have to give me the souls of all your descendants throughout eternity.”
The banker goes silent for a moment, ponders, then says… click here for the punchline.
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