People’s History

People’s History: Huelga de La Canadiense

On this day in 1919, workers at a Barcelona hydroelectric plant colloquially known as “La Canadiense” walked off their job. After over 3,000 were arrested, solidarity spread among the workers and the walkout grew into a general strike. Participants demanded and won recognition of the CNT, an 8 hour day, and the release of all prisoners. More here:

People’s History: Trayvon Martin, #RestInPower

Miami native Trayvon Martin would have turned 23 today. At the age of 17, he was murdered while standing up to an armed racist vigilante who was staking him near his father’s home. Trayvon’s death sparked a movement that helped lead to the formation of organizations like Dream Defenders, Black Lives Matter, The Trayvon Martin… Read more »

People’s History: Angela Davis

On this day in 1944 civil rights activist feminist, author, abolitionist & revolutionary democratic #socialist,  Angela Davis was born in Birmingham,  Alabama. She co-founder  prison abolition group Critical Resistance and is a professor emerita at UC Santa Cruz More here:

People’s History: Light in the Darkness

On this day in 2017, Trump signed his fascist Executive Order No 13769, barring citizens of many Muslim-majority countries from entering the US. In an act of mass #resistance, thousands of Americans began to flood the nation’s airports, demanding an end to the ban and a release of those being detained. More here:

Peoples History: The Kitchenware Revolution

On this day in 2009, thousands of people in Iceland responded to the global financial crisis. Armed with pots, pans, snowballs, & fermented milk (skyr) they braved the batons, tear gas, & pepper spray of riot police and descended on parliament, forcing the right-wing government from power. Analysis available here from Jacobin Magazine

The Battle of Hayes Pond

Today marks the anniversary of the 1958 Battle of Hayes Pond near #Maxton, North Carolina. After being targeted by the Ku Klux Klan, hundreds of armed members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and their anti-racist allies shut down a KKK rally and drove the organization out of the area. More here:‬ Get involved with the Democratic Socialists of America #Anti-Racism Working… Read more »

People’s History: The Enduring Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

“Capitalism has outlived its usefulness. It has brought about a system that takes necessities from the masses” – MLK Today, we celebrate the birth of civil rights leader, organized labor activist, democratic socialist, minister, and anti-imperialist Martin Luther King Jr. More here:

The Great Bombay Textile Strike

On 18 January 1982 more than a quarter of a million workers from over 50 different textile mills went on strike in Mumbai, #India to demand decent wages and benefits. Find more information, here. To find out about current worker issues, visit the Democratic Socialists of America Labor Working Group.