The General Strike: Past, Present, Future with Jon Bekken, editor of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Review

General strikes have toppled governments, put down military coups, won shorter work hours, and forced employers to recognize unions. General strikes have shut down entire industries, and brought entire cities under workers’ control – at least for a time. General strikes demonstrate our enormous power, our ability to make a new world, should we organize to win it. They cause bosses the whole world over to tremble. We will explore the history of general strikes, and the possibilities for rebuilding a labor movement capable of wielding so powerful a force. Fellow worker Jon Bekken was a long time IWW member, is an editor of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Review, and a life-long labor activist. A Q&A follows Jon’s presentation with guests at the Democracy Center (Cambridge, MA) and over Zoom. This event was hosted by the Boston Labor Solidarity Committee: https://bostonlsc.wordpress.com/

NO HONEYMOON FOR BIDEN: 1/20 PROTEST ON BOSTON COMMON, 4 PM

WRITTEN BY MATTHEW ANDREWS

POSTED JANUARY 17, 2021

Four years ago Boston saw massive protests against the incoming Trump administration. Tens of thousands of people joined together in the streets to defend immigrant rights, women’s rights, Muslims, and the credibility of science. Today we are counting down the days until we don’t have to see Trump in the daily news cycle anymore. But the mood in the streets is starkly uncelebratory.

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Coming in September – Union Time

Boston area premiere – a new documentary film that tells the story of one of the greatest union victories of the 21st century.

“It’s Union Time, people!” — the rallying cry of workers at the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina. Since its opening in 1993, employees of the plant have endured various abuses such as intimidation tactics, low pay, and dangerous working conditions which resulted in bodily injury and, on one occasion, death. Often treated as expendable, the workers came together and engaged in a 16-year-long struggle for the right to unionize and receive safe, fair working conditions — and won.

September 2020

Location/Date to be announced

Sponsored by the Boston Labor Solidarity Committee

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To arrange your own film showing, visit https://www.videoproject.com/Union-Time.html