Archive for the 'solidarity' Category

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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In October, 1937, the call went out to form international brigades to go to Spain and help the besieged, democratically-elected government resist a military coup.  Against the wishes of the US, UK, and French governments, tens of thousands from around the world began to mobilize and travel to Spain to fight fascism.

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On June 2nd, 1831, workers in the Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil marched on the Castle Inn, where local bosses and magistrates were meeting with the High Sheriff of Glamorgan. Workers demanded a reduction in the price of bread and an increase in wages. When their demands were rejected, they attacked the inn, rioted, and took over the town, marching under a red flag. It took the 93rd (Highland) Regiment over a week to restore the status quo. The rebellion later came to be known as the Merthyr Rising.

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On May 26th, 2017, three men were stabbed, two fatally, by a white supremacist on a MAX train in Portland, Oregon. The three men were trying to come to the defense of two women who were being harassed by an enraged racist, who turned out to be armed and very dangerous.

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The slave-owning nation of the United States attacked the free nation of Mexico on April 25th, 1846, ultimately annexing most of it and later declaring Mexicans to be somehow foreign. As the war dragged on, thousands of US troops deserted from the ranks of the Army. 202 of them — mostly Irish but including various other nationalities, such as Poles — took desertion a big step further, and formed the Mexican Army’s only foreign legion, the St Patrick Battalion.

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