Workers' Memorial Day

Published sparrina - Mon, 04/09/2012 - 8:22am

The Gaineville Industrial Workers of the World will host a International Workers Memorial Day event at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the Civic Media Center.
To start off the memorial event, the Gainesville IWW will honor Florida workers with a reading of the names of those killed on the job in 2011.

Following the honoring of fallen workers, the IWW will screen the film, "An Injury To One."
An Injury To One provides a corrective—and absolutely compelling—glimpse of a particularly volatile moment in early 20th century American labor history: the rise and fall of Butte, Montana. Specifically, it chronicles the mysterious death of Wobbly organizer Frank Little, a story whose grisly details have taken on a legendary status in the state.
Butte's history was entirely shaped by its exploitation by the Anaconda Mining Company, which, at the height of WWI, produced ten percent of the world's copper from the town's depths. War profiteering and the company's extreme indifference to the safety of its employees (mortality rates in the mines were higher than in the trenches of Europe) led to Little's arrival. "The agitator" found in the desperate, agonized miners overwhelming support for his ideas, which included the abolishment of the wage system and the establishment of a socialist commonwealth.
The IWW is a radical rank and file union that is open to all workers regardless of occupation. Gainesville General Membership Branch of the IWW meets on the 1st Sunday of each month at 8pm at the Civic Media Center. To learn more about this local branch of the IWW, visit their website at http://gainesvilleiww.org/.

Cost: 
Free, donations appreciated
When:
Sat, 04/28/2012 - 3:00pm
Cost: 
Free, donations appreciated