People’s History

People’s History: The Jungle

On this day in 1905, author, journalist, & outspoken anti-capitalist Upton Sinclair first printed his classic Chicago novel “The Jungle” in the socialist newspaper “Appeal to Reason”. It was published in book form the following year, garnering widespread acclaim. “There is one kind of prison where the man is behind bars, and everything that he desires is outside; and there… Read more »

People’s History: The Paterson Silk Strike

On this day in 1913 after being subject to a series of wage reductions, thousands of workers from some 300 mills & dye houses led by IWW organizers Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Big Bill Haywood, and others began a 5 month long strike in #Paterson, New Jersey. More here:

People’s History: Ayed Morrar vs. the Wall

On this day in 1962, Palestinian anti-apartheid activist and community organizer Ayed “Abu Ahmed” Morrar was born in the West Bank village of Budrus. He has played a leading role in founding the #nonviolent Popular Resistance Committee movement against the racist #Israeli separation wall. This movement has crossed national, gender, political, and religious divides in… Read more »

Brake Light Training

The Mutual Aid Working Group training members to change brake lights in preparation for our free brake light replacement clinic on March 4th to help reduce the likelihood of police stops that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations.

People’s History: W.E.B. Du Bois

On this day in 1868, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, and socialist W.E.B. Du Bois was born in Massachusetts. Du Bois was a prolific activist and scholar, most well-known for co-founding the NAACP in 1909. He was also a lifelong socialist, and was briefly a member of the Socialist Party. Du Bois was also a committed… Read more »

People’s History: Audre Lorde – Sister Outsider

On this day in 1934, radical #librarian, socialist, feminist, lesbian, mother, writer, womanist, and civil rights activist, Audre Lorde was born in New York. “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.” More here: Print available from

People’s History: David Graeber

On February 12, 1961, anthropologist David Graeber was born. A veteran of the global justice movement, he has done anarchist action to attack capitalist hegemony and was a key organizer in Occupy Wall Street. He’s also a popular writer & professor. His Twitter profile is here:

People’s History: The Flint Sit-down Strike

On this day in 1937, GM autoworkers won a hard-fought sit-down strike. To defend their factory from police and strikebreakers, workers in Flint and Cleveland relied on solidarity and community support, ultimately winning recognition for the UAW International Union.

People’s History: Amandla Awethu!

On this day in 1990, South African socialist & anti-apartheid revolutionary, Nelson Mandela was liberated after 27 years. From freedom fighter to political prisoner to president, his lifelong struggle for justice has inspired countless millions. Watch: