Author Archives: Kris Covel

Haywood’s Opening Comments at Founding IWW Convention

William “Big Bill” Haywood was the chair of the founding convention of the Industrial Workers of the World, which took place in Chicago on June 27-July 8, 1905. Here is the beginning of his opening remarks, still powerful today (despite … Continue reading

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Imagine 100,000 Organizers and 1,000,000 Organizing Discussions

Instead: The AFL-CIO plans to send 100,000 volunteers to knock on one million doors for Hillary Clinton in key battleground states, the federation announced Tuesday. […] The AFL-CIO will also continue to contact voters through phone banks and direct mail.

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What’s Wrong with the Modern Mainstream Labor Movement in One Tweet

Pick a class, assholes. Also, stop worrying about politicians and start organizing workers. When Trump says he's 4 working ppl, he must forget his time destroying Atlantic City’s small businesses#StopTrump @ https://t.co/N7rv9TI8p5 pic.twitter.com/wrDOPUcdKu — Working America (@WorkingAmerica) October 6, 2016

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Closed Shop vs. Union Shop

Many people in the labor movement and adjacent to it throw around terms like closed shop, union shop, open shop, union security clause, etc., without always using these terms correctly. There are subtle differences, and a passage from The Industrial Workers … Continue reading

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The Problem with (Non-Anarchist) Socialists

I completely trust anarchists to self-manage air traffic control. — Bhaskar Sunkara (@sunraysunray) August 12, 2016 I’m sorry, but what’s the implication here? That capitalism is good, because people are forced to work because of the threat of starvation? Or that … Continue reading

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Protesting Trump

The Black Rose Anarchist Federation / Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra posted a “Fuck Trump Reportback” about protesting Trump in Richmond, VA. I see how this is useful for organizing experience and getting people involved, but I don’t necessarily understand the point … Continue reading

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Class Does Not Depend Upon Your Education Level

The Economic Policy Institute, a progressive economic policy think tank, released a new report today titled “People of color will be a majority of the American working class in 2032.” It’s too bad their definition of working class is complete … Continue reading

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