Rosie’s Girls — by Julia Stein

[Reposted from Counterpunch's Poetry Basement, edited by Marc Beaudin.  Julia Stein's poetry along with other work from the poetry anthology she edited, Walking Through A River Of Fire, will be read at a commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire,  Thursday, April 7, 2011.  The program begins at 3 pm, ends at 5 pm at Gage Gallery, 18 So. Michigan Ave; and will be followed by a screening of the recent American Experience documentary film on Triangle.  At 6 pm the Working Women's History Project continues the commemoration with a special performance of a play written for this occasion, performed at their annual fundraising gala at Roosevelt University, 214 So. Michigan Ave. - Lew Rosenbaum ]

One of Rosie’s Girls
by JULIA STEIN


We union girls every Saturday walked to the Asch building,
yelled up to the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors, “So long
until victory is yours” to our sisters at Triangle Factory,
our sisters who lost their strike, the girls defeated
by scabs, their dreams of union smashed,
our sisters entrapped up the elevator eight, nine floors,
the girls who are locked in, one fire escape, no union
the floors covered with scraps of clothing,
the girls who screamed and burned in the fire.

After the terrible fire I walked numbly in the April rain

into the funeral march crowd that overflowed Washington Square.
My sorrow was enough to flood all of Fifth Avenue,
My rage was enough to flood all of Broadway.
They led the empty hearse first up through the huge arch,
then we walked silently eight abreast the rain hitting us hard
up Fifth Avenue the fine ladies in their frilly shirtwaists and the
fine gentlemen in their fancy suits on the sidewalk stared at us,
we were so drenched walking past the mansions of the rich.

We hissed and screamed from the floor, the galleries
packed with my brothers and sisters of the dead at
the Metropolitan Opera House memorial meeting;
we only quieted when Rosie Schneiderman, tiny steel wisp
with her flaming red hair, whispered,
‘This is not the first time girls have burned alive
in this city. Every week I must learn of the untimely death
of one of our sister workers. Every year thousands of us
are maimed.” Rose’s voice was our voice was my voice.

We followed Rose across the Lower East side hoisting her up
to speak. Rosie with her flaming red hair at the street meeting told us
the Governor ignited a commission to investigate.
All those meetings for five years she gave us hope telling us
the commissioners crawled through the tiny hole in the wall
to the steep iron ladder covered with ice, the factory’s only
fire escape, visited canneries where five-year olds snipped beans,
seven year olds shelled peas, saw machinery that
scalped women, cut men’s arms off. We followed her.

I was one of Rosie’s girls who helped leaflet for her meetings
every noon and evening telling our sisters and brothers
the legislator passed, the governor signed laws making it
safe to work. We walked the streets leafleting our people
in the factories and stores to speak up speak up until the sprinklers
were installed, fire escapes built up the sides of factory buildings,
the doors to the factories unlocked. My sorrow lessened,
still March 25 every year I take a bunch of daisies to
Evergreen Cemetery, lay it on the grave of a Triangle girl.

Julia Stein is the editor of the anthology Walking Through a River of Fire: 100 Years of Triangle Poetry (C.C. Marimbo).  She also has four previous books of poetry: Under the Ladder to Heaven, Desert Soldiers, Shulamith, and Walker Woman.

May Day, 2011, Chicago: A Time To Remember, A Time To Dream A New World

[On this, the 125th Anniversary of Haymarket, it is appropriate and exciting to find all the work being done to rededicate the monuments where the martyrs are buried.  We are delighted to share the list of activities shown below.  May Day is the time of year when workers celebrate, "the only truly universal day of all humanity," as Eduardo Galeano wrote in The Book of Embraces.  It is also the time of year when the workers movement comes together to evaluate where we are, and what are the tasks that face us.  It should be transparently clear that corporations, in the name of defending their private property, are slicing away all the gains made in this country since the first general strikes of 1876, the legacy of the end of the Civil War and the precursor to Haymarket.  Every great movement for human liberation in the United States can be traced back to these two fundamental processes:  the movement to overturn slavery and the workers' movement.  It is the singular characteristic of our time to see these two great torrents of liberation fuse in a desperate awakening of a new class ejected from public as well as private employment by bloodless, robotic technology. The end of the American Civil War was indeed a nodal point in our history, marked by a change from an agricultural to and industrial economy and reflected by a shift in political parties to the domination of the industrial and financial sectors in those parties.  It took another 70 years and two World Wars for the financial sector's domination to establish itself and another political party shift to take place.  Now, 150 years after the end of the Civil War, another nodal shift is taking place.  It has been a long, difficult process of technological innovation.  Many times before the utopian cry of productivity reducing the need for labor has been raised, only to be lost in the expansion of capitalism and new markets.  But what to do when the global market has been saturated and "demand" -- expressed in money available for purchase of commodities -- has dried up? When the electronic manifestations of workers that we call "robots" do not need clothes, housing or food?  These are the trenchant May Day 2011 discussions that need to be held as we evaluate the legislative attacks on workers throughout the country, emanating from what has become known as the rust belt.  May Day is time to think strategically! -- Lew Rosenbaum]

Schedule of May Day Activities

April 7 3:00 PM Gage Gallery 18 s. Michigan. Forum on 100th anniversary of Triangle Shirtwast Fire in New York. Textile organizing and unionization grow out of Chicago Struggle.

April 9th 3:00 Pm. Chicago Temple Washington and Clark. New New Deal Forum with John Conyers on Full employment legislation.

April 12 7:00pm Oak Park Public Library Forum on meaning of restoration of Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Forest Park.

April 27th 6:00pm. Haymarket Brewery and Pub at Randolph and Halsted . Film Screening of Sacco and Vanzetti

April 28th 5:30 pm Newberry library. Forum and debate and reception with labor movement lawyers the American Constitution Society and others discussing Haymarket to the present.

April 29th 5:30 pm Gage Gallery Reception for International Trade unionists and public and release of new publication of The Day Will Come by Mark Rogovin and viewing of his fathers photos, Milton Rogovin.

April 30th, 2pm. Plaque dedication at Haymarket Square at Randolph and DesPlaines by Illinois Labor History Society and re enactment of the Haymarket Tragedy at the site followed by gathering of all who wish to come to Haymarket Brewery at Halsted and Randolph.

May 1, 1 pm, World wide gathering to celebrate 125th anniversary of the Haymarket and the restoration of the Monument in Forest Park featuring AFL-CIO secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler and other dignitaries.

May 1, 7PM  Old Town School of Folk Music concert titled Music and Rebellion with Bucky Halker, his band, and some international groups. Tickets are 15 dollars.

Guild Complex Presents Palabra Pura: One Poet, One Poem Event

One Poet/One Poem Event with past Palabra Pura Readers and 2011 Curators
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: Free
Location: La Bruquena, 2726 W. Division

Celebrating the past and looking toward the future, this cavalcade of readers will be a mix of past writers from PP’s six-year history and the dream team of guest curators creating this year’s exciting season. And it’s all happening at PP’s brand new venue, Humboldt Park’s La Bruquena. So come grab some food/drink, reminisce on past palabras and get a preview of what’s to come.

Appearing at Palabra Pura kick-off:


Eduardo Arocho

Beatriz Badikian

Roger Bonair-Agard

Cristina Correa

Carlos Cumpián*

Rafael Franco-Steeves*

Jorge Frisancho

Juana Goergen*

Gregorio Gomez

Irasema González

David Hernández*

Leon Leiva Gallardo

Miguel López Lemus

Olivia Maciel

Elizabeth Marino

Carmen Alicia Murguía

Bernardo Navia

Yolanda Nieves*

Raul Niño

Jennifer Patiño

Coya Paz

Xenia Ruiz

Jacob Saenz

Luis Tubens

Luis Humberto Valadez*

Febronio Zataraín

Journal Of Ordinary Thought: Plenty Of Napkins

[Earlier this month we posted an announcement of the release party for the current Journal of Ordinary Thought.  The title of this issue of the Journal, I Always Like Plenty Of Napkins, comes from the poem included below.]

And, from our next issue of the Journal of Ordinary Thought, “I Always Like Plenty of Napkins: JOT Writers on Food,” an excerpt:

A DREAM DATE
Ramiro Rodriguez
St. Leonard’s House workgroup

The three people that I would like to
have dinner with are Salma Hayek,
my friend Daliq Tapia, who is in Abu
Dhabi right now, and Eva Mendez. It
would be a dream date!

First, they will sit me down, bringing
me a glass of water and plenty of napkins.
I always like plenty of napkins.

Then each of them will ask me what
I’d like to eat. So, I pick my most
favorite dish for my favorite person: I
tell Daliq to make a torta de carne
asada. I tell her to put her love,
trust, and confidence in the torta.

Then, I tell Salma to make me a salad
with plenty of cheese. I tell her to
put her admiration and affection in
the salad.

Lastly, I tell Eva to make me a cheesecake.
I tell her to put her compassion
and devotion in the cheesecake.

[The reading will be held Tuesday, March 15.  Click here for details]

Luis Rodriguez Reads Poetry Hull House Wednesday, March 16


DATE
March 16

TIME
5:30 PM Reception
6:00 PM Reading

WHERE
Residents’ Dining Hall
800 South Halsted Street

 

Co-sponsored with The Poetry Foundation

READING
Join us on March 16 for a special reading by activist and award-winning writer and poet,
Luis Rodriguez.

For the first time, Luis will recite a new poem commissioned by the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum for the Alternative Labeling Project, a new series that transgresses and challenges the way we think about objects and artifacts and the extraordinary stories they tell.

We are thrilled to be co-sponsoring this event with the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. Hull-House and the Poetry Foundation have a long history that begins with Harriet Monroe–American editor, scholar, literary critic, poet and patron of the arts–who founded Poetry magazine in 1912. Monroe lived as a resident at Hull-House for a short time, where she connected with Jane Addams and became one of Addams’ primary readers and literary peers. The two women also belonged to the Society of Midland Authors, an elite literary circle, which included important modern writers like Clarence Darrow, Hamlin Garland, Carl Sandburg, and Lorado Taft.

ABOUT LUIS RODRIGUEZ
Luis J. Rodriguez is one of the leading Chicano writers in the country, with 14 published books in poetry, memoir, fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. His poetry has won the Poetry Center Book Award, the PEN Josephine Miles Literary Award, and the Paterson Poetry Book Prize, among other accolades. Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., his 1993 memoir of gang life, has sold more than 300,000 copies; it received the Carl Sandburg Literary Award and a Chicago Sun-Times Book Award, and was designated a New York Times Notable Book. His latest poetry collection, My Nature Is Hunger: New & Selected Poems, appeared in 2005 from Curbstone Press/Rattle Editions. Rodriguez helped found Chicago’s Guild Complex, Tia Chucha Press, and Rock A Mole Productions, which organizes arts festivals in Los Angeles. He is renowned for his work in gang intervention.

ALTERNATIVE LABELING PROJECT
Can a common museum label—so often the omniscient voice that provides factual evidence that identifies artifacts and objects in a museum’s collection—sensually engage us, inspire revolution and reform, or provide pleasure and comfort?

Can a museum label be a poem, an essay, or piece of music?

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum asks these questions in its new series of Alternative Labels that presents diverse voices and encourages visitors to view history from a fresh perspective.

We invited Luis Rodriguez, one of the country’s leading Chicano writers, the International Contemporary Ensemble, a vibrant, cutting-edge new music ensemble, and Terri Kapsalis, a writer and performer, to choose artifacts from our collection and compose labels that challenge and provoke. For the final part in the series, visitors will be invited to exercise their voices and participate by creating their own alternative label for an object in our collection.

These labels, non-traditional in format and presentation, will be placed throughout the museum over the next few months to provide alternative encounters that will introduce visitors in fresh ways to the extraordinary history of the Hull-House Settlement.

Co-sponsored with The Poetry Foundation

Journal Of Ordinary Thought: Winter 2011 Writing On Food

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Hollen Reischer/ Assistant Director, Neighborhood Writing Alliance/ Editor, Journal Ordinary Thought

773-684-2742 /  hreischer@jot.org

The Neighborhood Writing Alliance is proud to present

“I Always Like Plenty of Napkins”

Winter 2011 Journal of Ordinary Thought

NWA Writers on Food

 

CHICAGO—The Neighborhood Writing Alliance (NWA) announces “I Always Like Plenty of Napkins,” the Winter 2011 issue of the Journal of Ordinary Thought. This food-themed issue features prose and poetry from Albany Park, Uptown, Chicago Lawn, Bronzeville, the Near West Side, Humboldt Park, and St. Leonard’s House. Photographs of Chicago’s food culture, taken by DePaul University students under the guidance of professor and photographer Jason Reblando, accompany the writing.

The beautiful 96-page journal features:

an introduction by Lisa Yun Lee, Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum;

photographs of Chicago’s food scene taken by

DePaul University students taught by professor and photographer Jason Reblando;

and writing by over 60 NWA writers.

Read prose and poetry about food justice issues, food memories, and food culture:

  • “Too many fat kids going to

Too many burger joints, taco joints, pizza joints, fried fish joints, BBQ joints

Too many McDonald’s, Burger Kings, White Castles, Taco Bells…”

Christelle Evans

Hall Branch Library, Thursday Writing Group


  • “Years later, I remember sitting on the side of the bed when he was in a wheelchair, as together we ate Archway cookies, cheese, and Pepsi on ice.”

Jeanette Moton

Hall Branch Library, Monday Writing Group


  • “But a true Greek salad, a true horiatiki, is not of the Food Industrial Complex; it is of the village. In Greece, open-air markets are still alive and well. Every town has local growers who gather on the weekends to sell fresh produce to their neighbors.”

Stavroula Harissis

Albany Park Branch Library

NWA writers will present their work on Tuesday, March 15 from 6-8 p.m.

at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum Residents’ Dining Hall (800 S. Halsted).

Admission is free, and complimentary copies of “I Always Like Plenty of Napkins” will be available.

This location is handicap accessible.

The Neighborhood Writing Alliance is a Chicago-based not-for-profit that runs writing workshops for adults in low-income Chicago neighborhoods and publishes pieces from those workshops in its quarterly, award-winning publication, the Journal of Ordinary Thought. NWA presents the writers and their work in 25–30 events and readings each year. NWA workshops are free and open to adults of all levels of writing experience.

Website: www.jot.org.

Video Of/About Wisconsin Demonstrations Against Scott Walker

There is no order to these videos.  More will be added as people send them to me or as I glean them from the web. Most recent added are at bottom of each section (Video and Text)

Video Links

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJOtUEORNkw&feature=player_embedded Solidarity video from Madison

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ5CqhL5X4o Todd Alan Price in Madison

http://www.youtube.com/user/tprice1963?email=share_video_user Todd Alan Price in Madison

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8SEo9NV-UA Young trade unionists in Maryland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdLcGW4LRQc&feature=player_embedded I am a teacher

http://www.readersupportednews.org/off-site-opinion-section/72-72/4988-qdemocracy-uprisingq-in-the-usa Noam Chomsky on Democracy Now

http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/02/17/6075298-never-poke-a-badger-in-the-eye Rachel Maddow – Poke A Badger In The Eye

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CjcneEagoCE#at=75

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=6291 TRNN: Class Struggle in Wisconsin. Paul Jay interviews AFL-CIO leader

http://vimeo.com/20110135 Cheesehead rally, NYC 2/18/2011

http://bit.ly/fr17Yc Impromptu b-boying in the rotunda
http://bit.ly/e3Ht3W State Senator Lena Taylor: Teachers are in the house!  2/15/2011
http://bit.ly/ebBF07 Firefighters at the capitol — bagpipers

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/jobswithjustice Jobs With Justice site follows the activities closely with video, photo and text

http://vimeo.com/20089255 Matt Wisniewski’s excellent video beautifully captures the mood.  He sets up shots from the rallies of 2/15-2/17 to a background of Arcade Fire’s “Rebellion (Lies)”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_-NlVCPYWs The ED show (NY) calls on Democrats to have backbone, support workers (interesting clip of Ted Kennedy)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/41675756#41675330 The ED show from Madison Feb. 18 focuses on concessions made by workers, applauded by Democrats, and rejected by Scott Walker

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=6299 Matt Rothschild (The Progressive Magazine) talks with TRNN about the history of progressivism in Wisconsin and the current battle)

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150104432416234 Posted by Michael Shallal, Cabbies support the Madison demonstrators

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZsOKNfNkfQ Rep. Gordon Hintz chews out his colleagues for trying to force the “Repair Bill” through

http://vimeo.com/20168864 Matthew Wisnewski’s part 2, Feb. 18 and 19, set to “The Cave” by Mumford and Sons

http://www.youtube.com/user/cinderbelle319 Straightforward explanation about the situation surrounding the Wisconsin demos and the “Budget Repair Bill.” This is the first video by this 22 year old.  Hope to see a lot more

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/41674668#41674668 Rachel Maddow drops some valuable Wisconsin and workers history to put things into perspective (then goes into her analysis, that this is all intended to give Republicans local and then national dominance in electoral politics):

http://vimeo.com/20146715 Todd Alan Price interviews, along with Luciano on camera (about one hour)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fCm6JcOMuM&feature=player_embedded Police officer testifies about the peaceful protests, Limbaugh and Fox News distortions

http://www.thenation.com/video/158811/students-and-workers-join-together-wisconsin Todd Alan Price for The Nation

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31& TRNN examines how cutbacks in public services/public workers is a phony solution

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31& Paul Jay (TRNN) proposes that Wisconsin’s billionaires should make some sacrifices too . . .

http://ednotesonline.blogspot.com/2011/02/wisconsin-ohio-indiana-new-york.html In this video from New York’s Ed Notes, Ed Schultz conducts interviews at a protest rally in front of Fox News HQ.  The video ends with a brillian satirical speech, imploring the crowd to pity the poor, suffering billionaires.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/22/walker-unions-wisconsin-protests_n_826908.html?ref=fb&src=sp Whoops!  Cutting benefits may actually COST money . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHIyRFH5r-I&feature=email Substance News video of the Feb. 26 solidarity with Wisconsin demo.  Background: Utah Phillips sings Solidarity Forever

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=6367 TRNN sums up the struggle after the rally March 5, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG9I-oA_Er0&sns=fb Two Weeks In Madison, a tribute video which is very effective

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjCEW2J30oM Wisconsin Senate passes anti-collective bargaining bill  March 9, 2011

Music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYiKdJoSsb8&feature=player_embedded Pete Seeger and a “Solidarity Forever” video montage

http://www.youtube.com/wethepeoplewisconsin#p/c/7471346814D51E57/24/zWCixXEe35g Tom Morello sings “World Wide Rebel Songs” and brings greetings from Cairo to Madison

http://www.youtube.com/wethepeoplewisconsin#p/c/24/zWCixXEe35g Tom Morello sings to a rally on the state Capitol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHIyRFH5r-I&feature=email Utah Phillips backs this video up with an especially sonorous Solidarity Forever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0P4ZAyROfI Wayne Kramer is joined by Tom Morello and a bunch of others for jamming Kick Out The Jams

And Text and Non Video:

http://wisconsinwave.org/four-ways-build-wisconsin-wave-against-corporate-rule Wisconsin Wave

http://chilaborarts.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/the-aaup-comments-on-a-coordinated-attack-on-public-workers/ AAUP comments posted  on this blog

http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/02/10/copy/kasich-to-public-workers-you-strike-you-get-punished.html?adsec=politics&sid=101 Ohio threatens public workers

http://cwcs.ysu.edu/about/news/senate-bill-5-testimony Sherry Linkon & John Russo testimony re Ohio

http://www.progressive.org/wx021511.html Matt Rothschild on Wisconsin wars

http://www.truth-out.org/wisconsin-crowds-swell-30000-key-gop-legislators-waver67882 Truthout: Wisconsinites rally

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-best-protest-signs-at-the-wisconsin-capitol 45 Best signs at the Capitol

http://m.host.madison.com/mobile/news/opinion/editorial/article_61064e9a-27b0-5f28-b6d1-a57c8b2aaaf6.html Capital Times: Walker’s budget aids cronies

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/116502958.html Walker rejects unions concessions

http://www.wlea.org/ Tracy Fuller, Exec. Director of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association regrets/repudiates endorsement of Scott Walker

http://www.thenation.com/blog/158741/aaron-rodgers-we-need-your-voice-wisconsins-working-families Dave Zirin calls on Green Bay Packer quarterback and shop steward, Aaron Rodgers to take a stand in Wisconsin

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/18/russ-feingold-wisconsin-protests_n_825325.html Russ Feingold rallies workers in Madison

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/480120 Wisconsin uprising spreads to Indiana and beyond

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/480123 Walker’s statement shows the bill is not intended to solve the “economic crisis in Wisconsin”

http://www.seiu721.org/2011/02/post-1.php SEIU Local 721:  All eyes are on Wisconsin

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/479560 12 things you need to know about the Wisconsin uprising (Alternet)

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=550496537&v=wall#!/album. Brett Jelinek’s extraordinary photo album of the rally Saturday, Feb. 19

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49888.html From Cairo to Madison, Free Pizza!  Culinary solidarity in action

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/20/ West Virginia public workers rally in support of Wisconsin workers and to win rights for themselves

http://labournet.de/internationales/usa/arbeitskampf.html This German source for news about labor in the US has a section on Wisconsin.  This blog is sourced there as well as other info.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704900004576152362740149144.html? Michigan Governor Rick Snyder won’t pick fights with unions

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/22/indiana-democrats-flee-state-to-protest-anti-union-bill/ Indiana Democrat legislators follow the lead of their Wisconsin colleagues

http://blog.aflcio.org/2011/02/23/breaking-news-from-indiana-right-to-work-withdrawn/ AFL-CIO reports that Indiana Republicans withdrew right=to=work legislation

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/22/hundreds-rally-at-iowa-capitol-over-labor-laws/ Iowans rally to support Wisconsin demonstrations

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/23/us/23ohio.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha24 NYT reports on battles in other states, catching Wisconsin fever

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/21/leader-egyptian-unions-wisconsin/ Egyptian unions support Wisconsin protesters

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/02/22-13 Rose Ann De Moro on refusing to make benefits concessions

http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/93540/index.php Garth Liebhaber’s photos in Madison highlight members of the Chicago Teachers Union

http://www.channel3000.com/news/26998145/detail.html Saturday, Feb 26 will be the last day demonstrators will be allowed to occupy the capitol building in Wisconsin — unless officials heed the advice of the police.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/ Tom Morello, Madison, Frostbite and Freedom

http://www.stltoday.com/news/state-and-regional/missouri/article Missouri considering “right to work”

http://blogs.forbes.com/rickungar/2011/02/25/ Taxpayers Contribute Nothing To Public Employee Pensions

http://bigozine2.com/feature/?p=548 Bill Glahn interviews Wayne Kramer of the MC5, archival story from The Big O with relevance for today

http://www.montevidayo.com/?p=1026The Poet Brenda Cardenas reports from the scene and reflects on personal and political history

https://www.facebook.com/notes/ This link is a restricted one and requires that you are “friends” with Lew Rosenbaum on facebook.   Nick Lampert, Aaron Hughes and Dan Wang appeal from Wisconsin.

http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/03/09/anti-public-employee-bill-passes-senate- Anti collective bargaining passed by Wisconsin Senate

100th Anniversary: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

[ In previous posts on this blog, we've discussed this important event and the creative expressions that emanated from the tragedy (Poetry Anthology: Walking Through the River of Fire; Centenary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire; Julia Stein's Bibliography of Triangle Fire Poetry, Plays, Novels and Literary Criticsm).  The time is approaching when commemorations will be held throughout the country.  Workers United, the union that is the successor/descendant of the original garment workers unions of the 1911 era, holds annual events to commemorate the fire;  this year the union is hosting a web site that is collecting and sharing information on the activities around the country, as well as promoting the many events local to New York.  You can find that information at Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. You will also find on that site a portal to a great deal of resource information on the fire and its consequences. The following post gives information just received from Leigh Benin, an author of a forthcoming book on Triangle.

In particular, however, we urge you in Chicago to save the date of April 7, 2011. On that date Chicago will be participating in these commemorations with two programs, one in the late afternoon at Gage Gallery of Roosevelt University (18 S. Michigan)  and in the evening at the 430 S. Michigan building of Roosevelt University (as part of the annual gala presented by the Working Women's History Project).  More information to follow shortly! -- Lew Rosenbaum]

In New York:  Save the Date

Thursday, March 3, 2011: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Adelphi University Performing Arts Center

Arcadia Press new book on Triangle will be available Feb. 28, 2011.

Garden City, New York

Meet authors/film makers reception 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Light Refreshments

[To reserve seats for this free but ticketed event, RSVP to Rob Linne Linne@adelphi.edu or Leigh Benin Benin@adelphi.edu]

Remembering the Triangle Fire

An evening of film, talk, music, and theatrical performance

Sponsored by:

Adelphi University

The Education and Labor Collaborative

The Triangle Fire Families Association

Original Music by the Adelphi University Music Department

Film Preview: HBO’s soon to be aired documentary “Triangle: Remembering the Fire”

Panel Discussion of people featured in the film will be moderated by Roma Torre of NY 1

Daphne Pinkerson: Director and Producer

Michael Hirsch: Co-Producer

Bruce Raynor: President, Workers United

Katherine Weber: Author, Triangle

Leigh Benin, Co-Author, The New York City Triangle Factory Fire

Suzanne Pred Bass, Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition

Vincent Maltese, Triangle Fire Memorial Association, Inc.

Short Original Theatrical Performance by the AU Theater Department

Order the book by Leigh Benin, Rob Linné, Adrienne Sosin, & Joel Sosinsky here

What Is A Word Worth? The Public Square’s Cafe Society Debates The Issue

[When is a word forbidden?  What does excising a word from normal discourse do?  These questions might be brought up in the context of this weeks discussion centering on the purging of "nigger" from the text of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn.  Here is what  writer Dave Marsh underscores about whitewashing the word away:

"I would rather hear the word "nigger" in a conversation, used properly for history or quotation, or in a sentence of any kind than the puerile "the N-Word."

Who is the euphemism sheltering? Either it assumes that there are those auditing the conversation or reading the sentence who do not know what that epithet means and should not find out or it means "we all know," and in effect, that's nudge, nudge, the okey-doke.

If you counted all the times that people use "the N word" to replaced "nigger," you would find that it is used damned near as often as it was in 1884."

Makes you think about how much like a secret handshake saying the phrase "n-word" is.  If you can't make it to the Cafe Society, you can use the DIY toolkit to foment your own!  --  Lew Rosenbaum]

Cafe Society Next Week’s Topic: What is a word worth?

Café Society will be meeting at Valois (1518 E 53rd St, Chicago) from 7-8pm and at Panera Bread (1126 E Walnut St, Carbondale) from 7:30-8:30pm on Thursday, February 3,or have your own discussions using our Cafe Society DIY Toolkit.

From “New edition of ‘Huckleberry Finn to lose the ‘n’ word by Keith Staskiewicz

“What is a word worth? According to Publishers Weekly, NewSouth Books’ upcoming edition of Mark Twain’s seminal novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will remove all instances of the ‘n’ word—I’ll give you a hint, it’s not nonesuch—present in the text and replace it with slave. The new book will also remove usage of the word Injun. The effort is spearheaded by Twain expert Alan Gribben, who says his PC-ified version is not an attempt to neuter the classic but rather to update it. ‘Race matters in these books,’ Gribben told PW. ‘It’s a matter of how you express that in the 21st century.’”

Questions for consideration

  • What is problematic about replacing the “n-word” with “slave” and “Injun” with “Indian” in the Adventures of Huckberry Finn?
  • Are there possible benefits?
  • How might this change take away from the nature and intention of the book?
  • Is this an attempt to sanitize American culture?
  • If so, what are potential intended and unintended consequences?

Want to find out more?

A case for censoring Huck Finn
Censorship of ‘Huck Finn’ tasteless but not mandatory
To tweak or not to tweak a literary classic: Pro-censor
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn… through censorship!
Letter: Censoring Huck Finn

Café Society SCHEDULE

1st Thursdays
7-8 p.m., Valois, 1518 E 53rd St, Chicago
7:30-8:30 p.m., Panera Bread, 1126 E Walnut St, Carbondale

2nd Fridays
5-6 p.m., Ron’s Barber Shop, 6058 W North Ave, Chicago

3rd Wednesdays
1:00-2:00 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center’s Randolph Street Café, 77 E Randolph St, Chicago

4th Week
Roving Cafe Society, Location, date, and time to be announced.

Vivian Maier, Chicago Street Photographer

From Chicago Tonight, with Phil Ponce, on WTTW Channel 11

Posted by John Maloof, http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/

Cultural Connection: Vivian Maier
The amazing story of Vivian Maier, a Chicago nanny who took more than 100,000 photos during her lifetime but never showed them to anyone. Now that she’s gone and her photos have been discovered, some say she may rank among the top street photographers of the 20th century. Jay Shefsky brings us tonight’s “Cultural Connection.”
More Vivian Maier photos and information
The show at the Chicago Cultural Center, Jan. 7 – April 3

The link to the Chicago Tonight clip is also here. . .

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