The Protester

On May 30, 1914, a group of eleven men and one woman—people affiliated with the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World, aka the “Wobblies”)—gathered in the public square in Tarrytown, New York. Their intention was to hold an open-air meeting to protest the recent Ludlow Massacre. The massacre occurred the previous month when the National … Continue reading The Protester

San Diego’s Joan of Arc

The year was 1912 and revolution was in the air. The California Free Speech League, a newly formed coalition of socialists, single-taxers, church organizations and left-leaning labor groups, including the International Workers of the World (aka the “Wobblies”) was ready for action. The CFSL planned a large parade in San Diego to protest a city … Continue reading San Diego’s Joan of Arc

Freedom Rider Bliss

On the afternoon of July 10, 1961, a well-dressed young woman boarded a bus in St. Louis that was headed south to the state of Arkansas. She was not making the trip for pleasure; in fact it was risky. She was almost certain to be arrested, or even worse, attacked. The newspapers would later describe … Continue reading Freedom Rider Bliss