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Sun Apr 20, 2014, 07:55 PM

Did you forget that today is an anniversary for 18 men, women and children?


I almost forgot. My thanks to Manifestor_of_Light for a reminder.



Ludlow Massacre Monument Junction of Del Aqua and Colorado and Southern Railroad tracks, Ludlow, CO. This monument marks the site where striking miners and their families were killed in their tent colony on April 20, 1914.

http://www.umwa.org/?q=content/ludlow-massacre



The date April 20, 1914 will forever be a day of infamy for American workers. On that day, 18 innocent men, women and children were killed in the Ludlow Massacre. The coal miners in Colorado and other western states had been trying to join the UMWA for many years. They were bitterly opposed by the coal operators, led by the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company.

Upon striking, the miners and their families had been evicted from their company-owned houses and had set up a tent colony on public property. The massacre occurred in a carefully planned attack on the tent colony by Colorado militiamen, coal company guards, and thugs hired as private detectives and strike breakers. They shot and burned to death 20 people, including a dozen women and small children. Later investigations revealed that kerosene had intentionally been poured on the tents to set them ablaze. The miners had dug foxholes in the tents so the women and children could avoid the bullets that randomly were shot through the tent colony by company thugs. The women and children were found huddled together at the bottoms of their tents.

The Baldwin Felts Detective Agency had been brought in to suppress the Colorado miners. They brought with them an armored car mounted with a machine gun—the Death Special— that roamed the area spraying bullets. The day of the massacre, the miners were celebrating Greek Easter. At 10:00 AM the militia ringed the camp and began firing into the tents upon a signal from the commander, Lt. Karl E. Lindenfelter. Not one of the perpetrators of the slaughter were ever punished, but scores of miners and their leaders were arrested and black-balled from the coal industry.

A monument erected by the UMWA stands today in Ludlow, Colorado in remembrance of the brave and innocent souls who died for freedom and human dignity.

In December, 2008, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated the Ludlow site as a National Historic Landmark. "This is the culmination of years of work by UMWA members, retirees and staff, as well as many hundreds of ordinary citizens who have fought to preserve the memory of this brutal attack on workers and their families," UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said.

"The tragic lessons from Ludlow still echo throughout our nation, and they must never be forgotten by Americans who truly care about workplace fairness and equality," Roberts said. "With this designation, the story of what happened at Ludlow will remain part of our nation's history. That is as it should be."

The dedication ceremony was held at Ludlow on June 28, 2009.



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Reply Did you forget that today is an anniversary for 18 men, women and children? (Original post)
Omaha Steve Apr 2014 OP
Jackpine Radical Apr 2014 #1
WillyT Apr 2014 #2
socialist_n_TN Apr 2014 #3
Warren DeMontague Apr 2014 #4
Benton D Struckcheon Apr 2014 #5
justhanginon Apr 2014 #6
psiman Apr 2014 #8
marked50 Apr 2014 #7
McCamy Taylor Apr 2014 #9
Sherman A1 Apr 2014 #10
pa28 Apr 2014 #11
Brickbat Apr 2014 #12
Iliyah Apr 2014 #13
Ex Lurker Apr 2014 #14
Omaha Steve Apr 2014 #16
niyad Apr 2014 #19
senseandsensibility Apr 2014 #15
kenichol Apr 2014 #17
niyad Apr 2014 #18
Hissyspit Apr 2014 #20
thucythucy Apr 2014 #21
daleanime Sep 2014 #22
Stainless Sep 2014 #23

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Apr 20, 2014, 08:01 PM

1. Not just AN anniversary--the 100th.

And we've just about come full circle, although they aren't quite back to the point of massacreing us yet, although they have fully equipped the goon squads for when they are needed.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Apr 20, 2014, 08:08 PM

3. Kick for labor history.......

We can't forget. As it is this is probably our future to fight the old battles all over again.

Regulating capitalism is like riding a hungry tiger. It's very hard to do and you're always in danger of being eaten.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Apr 20, 2014, 08:09 PM

4. The anniversary of the global crisis over a dongle joke told in the audience of a tech conference?

I mean it was march, but honestly it's a shame we've talked about anything else since then.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Apr 20, 2014, 08:10 PM

5. Yeah, this kind of thing will be happening again.

Nothing ever really changes.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Apr 20, 2014, 08:46 PM

6. I will never understand how people

can so coldly murder their fellow man. Or just as bad, those who give the order. And no one was ever brought to justice. So wrong.

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Response to justhanginon (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 20, 2014, 09:29 PM

8. The Elite strategy never changes

 

Keep us all so insecure and off balance that, when the crisis comes, they can hire one half of the working class to murder the other half.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Apr 20, 2014, 09:17 PM

7. Not Forgotten

Visited the site in 2010 on Labor Day Weekend. Very appropriate memorial there-Good job by UMWA. It rends the heart.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Apr 20, 2014, 09:32 PM

9. K&R Must never forget.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Apr 20, 2014, 09:38 PM

10. K&R

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Apr 20, 2014, 10:48 PM

11. Amazing story. K&R


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Apr 20, 2014, 10:55 PM

12. Never forget. Their blood helped buy the benefits I enjoy today.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Apr 20, 2014, 10:57 PM

13. Remembered and happy you posted

The struggle unfortunately in 2014 is still continuing. Thank you!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Apr 20, 2014, 11:02 PM

14. This came up on another board today where the majority are conservatives.

They ignored the organized labor aspect and spun it as a gun rights issue.

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Response to Ex Lurker (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 10:57 AM

16. Spin on this by triggers?


It figures.

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Response to Ex Lurker (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 12:03 PM

19. how in the world did they manage that?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Apr 20, 2014, 11:39 PM

15. K and R

and thank you.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 11:29 AM

17. Too important to forget.

Thank you.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 12:02 PM

18. no, did not forget. thank you for posting this, since I was away from my computer.

it is still eerie walking that area and remembering the horror.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 01:26 PM

20. No, I did not forget...

But I did forget to post the post I was going to post about it yesterday, so I'm glad you did one!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 04:05 PM

21. Here's how I first heard this story:





Woody Guthrie was and is a national treasure.

And thanks for this OP.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 02:08 PM

22. K&R....

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Sep 2, 2014, 11:56 PM

23. Too many working people today do not know.......

about the dark history of the Labor Movement. The sacrifices and the bloodshed should never be forgotten, ignored or swept under the rug.

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