Archive for November 2019

Police Riots in Miami

November 21st, 2003 was one of several days notable for the entirety of downtown Miami being a ghost town, boarded up except for riot cops and protesters, outside of the meetings for the Free Trade Area of the Americas.

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On November 19th, 1915, the most well-known bard among the many cultural workers that defined the spirit of the Industrial Workers of the World was executed by firing squad.

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On November 11th, 1918, the global carnage that became known as the First World War came to an end.

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On November 7th, 1919, the FBI began raiding union halls across the US, many of which were burned to the ground by patriotic World War 1 veterans, organized under the banner of the American Legion.  In this first nationwide raid conducted by the country's new national police force (which is what the FBI is) and their volunteer thugs, most of the leadership of the Industrial Workers of the World were arrested and imprisoned, thousands of members of this immigrant-led union were deported, and untold numbers were beaten, lynched or shot in the ensuing days of anti-union carnage.

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