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On December 6, 1970, the Calumet Community Congress met for the first time. This movement to fight pollution in Gary, Indiana was one of many forms of working class environmentalism that developed in the 1960s and 1970s. Gary, Indiana had horrible pollution problems in 1970. This isn’t surprising. It was a steel town and steel […]
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On July 28, 1933, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins gave a speech in Homestead, Pennsylvania. When the town’s political leaders discovered she wanted to speak to workers outside the designated hall, they refused to allow her to speak. She then marched to the Homestead Post Office, which was federal property, and gave the speech from […]
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On June 17, 1936, the Steel Workers Organizing Committee was created. This pioneering industrial union was critical in the mass organizing of the nation’s giant factories in arguably the nation’s most important industry. It’s eventual success combined with the organizing of auto to allow the CIO to succeed and the transformation of the American labor […]
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