By Arnold Stead
From the speech for which Frank Little was once murdered in Butte, Montana
Frank Little is taken into account by means of a few to be the best organizer produced through the U.S. hard work stream, and but priceless little has been written concerning the recognized commercial employees of the area (IWW) agitator. Little used to be a key chief of the country’s first loose speech fights, geared up a couple of mass moves, and used to be thought of any such chance to company pursuits that he used to be lynched by way of corporation thugs for decry makes an attempt at strike breaking. Police and executive officers not just grew to become a blind eye to his homicide, they later used his phrases and activities to justify a crusade to scapegoat and persecute different participants of the IWW.
Always on Strike chronicles and severely engages with Little’s exploits in hopes of revealing a brand new new release of radicals to his lifestyles, legacy and politics.
Featuring hide artwork from a portrait of Frank Little via Keith Seidel, keithseidel.com
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Immigrant women with families to support were being paid eight dollars and seventy-six cents a week. When those wages were reduced without notice, Polish weavers shut down their mill and the other three mills shortly followed. The IWW swung into action and kept striking workers too busy to allow them to begin brooding. Mass meetings were held, parades organized, and soup kitchens set up. Food and fuel had to be obtained for fifty thousand people, 60 percent of Lawrence’s entire population. The city’s mayor called in the state militia to suppress a parade and a striker named Anna Lopizzo was shot dead.
He would release those Wobblies already in jail if the IWW agreed to abide by a higher Always on Strike text pages 7_all pages 10/21/14 5:48 PM Page 47 Free-speech Fights 47 court decision on one of the ordinances prohibiting street speaking. The union refused. The police asked the IWW to hold its meetings in a public park rather than the street, and the union again refused. The Spokane employment agencies were better organized than they had been in Missoula. ” The council complied. The ordinance covered its bases so specifically because Wobblies had moved their meetings from the street to the sidewalk and finally into the alleys.
In the East the IWW felt that the partially assimilated European immigrant workers, who composed the bulk of the union’s rank and file, needed a firm centralized direction, a clear and strong, traditional organizational structure. The eastern Always on Strike text pages 7_all pages 10/21/14 5:48 PM Page 37 the western wobblies 37 IWW had no intention of taking the kinds of chances about which Georges Sorel wrote. The collectivist practices of the fully assimulated western Wobblies, who were far more likely to have been born in the United States, were tolerated by the eastern IWW—at least until 1915.