Ludlow, 100 Years Later

Mostly, we remain ignorant that not too long ago people died in the United States fighting for the rights of working people. April 20th marks the 100th anniversary of the worst day for labor in those fights, when 20 striking miners and family members people were machine-gunned  in a tent-camp in Ludlow Colorado by the Colorado State Militia at the behest of the mine owners.

Historian Thai Jones, child of two founders of the Weather Underground born while they were fugitives, calls our attention back to this struggle with an article in The Nation:

[T]he factors that defined the conflict in Colorado are with us once again: class warfare, corporate monopoly, environmental ruin, the demand for workers’ justice, the influence of media and public opinion. One hundred years on, the Ludlow Massacre is a starkly contemporary tragedy.

As corporations gather more money and oligarchs more power, we should all exercise our radical muscles a little — who know what struggle might be required to hold on to the rights that our grandfathers and great-grandfathers bled for.

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