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“Solidarity and song will get us through”

Sunday’s MLK "Gonna Take Us All" Ball may be our biggest and best yet, as Congressman Jamie Raskin and 200 area activists recommit to Martin Luther King’s dream of equality and justice for all and celebrate Elise Bryant’s well-deserved retirement from the Labor Heritage Foundation, which hosts the annual party. Music will be provided by DJ Wah-Heed and the DC Labor Chorus, everyone gets one of Hetty's swag bags plus a free drink ticket. “Let’s start this year out strong,” says Bryant, “It’s gonna be a tough one but solidarity and song will get us through, as always. Plus, we may have some surprise guests!” FREE, but you must RSVP HERE.

*Note that Ball tickets do not include food and drink (beyond the free drink ticket); McGinty's full menu is available for purchase.

Thanks to our sponsors: Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO, AFSCME 112, International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers, George Farenthold. 


David Bacon’s “Working Coachella”: Listen live at 1p on WPFW or CLICK HERE to hear the podcast after 2p: Photojournalist David Bacon on Working Coachella: Images of the farmworker community of the Coachella Valley; Labor historian Julie Greene on Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s resolutions, plus, Labor History in 2:00

The Labor Heritage Power Hour airs at 1p ET Thursdays on WPFW 89.3FM or listen to the podcast anytime.

PICKET SIGN of the Week

Amazon delivery drivers from Palmdale, CA joined Senator @ChrisMurphyCT (D-Conn.) and a bipartisan group of senators on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning to put a spotlight on Amazon's exploitative Delivery Service Partner (DSP) program, tweeted the Teamsters yesterday. 

Got a great picket sign? Email us at [email protected]

Labor VIDEO of the Week

"All You Fascists Bound To Lose"

Resistance Revival Chorus with Rhiannon Giddens

The official music video for “All You Fascists Bound to Lose,” from the Resistance Revival Chorus’ debut album in 2020. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens performs lead vocals and plays banjo and fiddle on the Chorus’ cover of folk legend Woody Guthrie’s anthem, “a rallying cry as potent and galvanizing today as when he wrote it in 1942.”  

Guthrie's version of the song is featured on today’s Labor Heritage Power Hour radio show (1p today on WPFW 89.3 FM or check out the podcast version after 2p)

Got labor video? Email us at [email protected]

Labor SONG of the Week

What We Want

Written by Joe Hill, performed by the Shelby Bottom Duo (Michael & Nell) on their Joe Hill Roadshow album.

On January 10, 1914, Wobblie organizer and singer Joe Hill allegedly killed two men during a grocery store hold-up in Utah. He was ultimately executed by firing squad (His last word was “Fire!”) for the crime despite much speculation that he was framed. 

Labor ART of the Week

Woody Guthrie's 1942 New Year's resolutions

On today’s Labor Heritage Power Hour radio show, labor historian Julie Greene discusses what these resolutions reveal about the man behind the legend, and what they say to us today.

The show airs at 1p today on WPFW 89.3 FM or check out the podcast version after 2p.

Got labor art? Email us at [email protected]

Labor POEM of the Week

the esoteric syncopation of daily tasks

I’m an old-school hammer guy, unlike

the nail gun boys, who know nothing

of swinging the arc of intention into the howl

of connection. Who know nothing

of the soft strike that sets the nail, followed

by the double drop of the hammer pulling

the plates tight, the sinkers bulled deep,

studs framed up and holding true.

The pendulum of my right arm, swinging

triplets, my heartbeat

a pulse of esoteric syncopation.

— Kaz Sussman, from Workers Write! Tales from the Construction Site, published by Blue Cubicle Press

Got a labor poem? Email us at [email protected]

Labor QUOTE of the Week

“The thing I would change about college football is, to let the talent share in the ever-increasing revenues. We’re all robbing the same train and the ones that are in the position to do the heavy lifting, the ones that risk life and limb out there on a football field are the players and not just, not just football players, student athletes.”

University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh: Immediately after winning the college football national championship Monday night, Harbaugh called for NCAA athletes to unionize and for players to receive a bigger share of the billions that college sports brings in.

Got a labor quote? Email us at [email protected]

LHF's comprehensive listing of labor's cultural events: music, films, theater, books, history and more...

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Exhibit: WORKING COACHELLA: Photographs by David Bacon

Thursday, January 115:00 – 9:00pm

Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California 3933 Mission Inn Avenue, Suite 103 Riverside, CA 92501; More info here

Special Guests: Rob Bonta, CA Attorney General, David Bacon, photographer

LHF "Gonna Take Us All" Ball

Sunday, January 147:00 – 11:00pm

McGinty's Public House, 911 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA

FREE; click here for tickets. FREE drink tickets for first 150 through the door on the 14th!

Special guests (besides you!) include Congressman Jamie Raskin, music by DJ Wah-Heed and the DC Labor Chorus, and of course Hetty's swag bags for all! *Note that tickets do not include food and drink; McGinty's full menu is available for purchase. Thanks to our sponsors: Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO, AFSCME 112, International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers, George Farenthold

FILM: Gumbo Coalition

Jan 14 – 17, 2024

On Demand Jan 14-17th (starts Sun 6pm); CLICK HERE

Gumbo Coalition follows two visionary civil rights leaders, Marc Morial and Janet Murguía, as they work to empower Black and Latino communities through four turbulent years in America. Directed by two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple, Gumbo Coalition takes us on an intimate — and sometimes humorous — journey into their lives, homes, and the family histories that motivate their united mission to create a more just and equitable country. At a dramatic crossroads in American history, these leaders face some of their biggest challenges: the global pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, and the 2020 presidential election and its aftermath. (2022, 1 hr 53 min, Director: Barbara Kopple) (Trailer)

To watch, all you need is a free login on Eventive (you'll be prompted when getting a ticket). Once adding a film to your account, you can also choose to watch on your TV by downloading the "Eventive TV" app.

This virtual screening is sponsored in part by the New York Labor History Association (NYLHA), as well as the Global Labor Film Festival Network.

History: "Dr. King's Legacy and the Future of the Labor Movement"

Monday, January 159:15 – 10:40am

Garfield High School; 400 23rd Ave.; Seattle, WA

For more information: Sea MLK Jr Coalition (


January 11, 1936: Nearly two weeks into a sit-down strike at GM’s Fisher Body Plant No. 2 in Flint, Mi., workers battle police when they try to prevent the strikers from receiving food deliveries from thousands of supporters on the outside (photo). Sixteen strikers and spectators and 11 police were injured. Most of the strikers were hit by buckshot fired by police riot guns; the police were injured principally by thrown nuts, bolts, door hinges and other auto parts. The incident became known as the “Battle of the Running Bulls.”

This week’s Labor History Today podcast: "Please Buy My Last Paper, I Want to Go Home”

Back in the day of publishers William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, newsboys were essential players in the circulation pipeline, cheap labor that made the highly competitive industry profitable. The newsboy became an America cultural trope or archetype, a focus of rags-to-riches fiction, the target of pity and social welfare activism, a smiling stereotype, an exemplar of hard work, and an incarnation of urban poverty. "Please Buy My Last Paper, I Want to Go Home”: Portrayal of Newsboys and Newsgirls in 19th and 20th Century Music" is a talk given last Fall by Joshua Duchan from Wayne State University’s Music Department and Eric Freedman from the Michigan State University School of Journalism. The talk was part of MSU’s Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives brown bag series, organized by John Beck. Today’s show features highlights from that talk, and adds in a number of the songs they reference.

What was notable about FDR’s National War Labor Board?
It consisted entirely of union leaders
It consisted entirely of management
It consisted entirely of men

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ: 8,000 striking NYC social workers in 1965 didn't demand 50% city-paid health insurance, they demanded -- and got -- 100% coverage.

"The worker must have bread,

but she must have roses, too."

Please CLICK HERE NOW to pledge your financial support to our 2023 program, which this year includes our annual Solidarity Forever Award, the Great Labor Arts Exchange, the DC Labor FilmFest and much more (check out our website for details!).

Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 


North Pole Elves Win Big with Escalating Strike (12/22)

Rudolph the Union Reindeer (12/15)

Washington Post members strike (12/8)

Wins for NYC Ballet Orchestra and Opera Colorado workers (12/1)

Socially responsible shopping on Black Friday (11/24)

Museum workers win in LA (11/17)

New monument honors union victims of Centralia tragedy (11/10)

Exit singing: Elise Bryant retires from LHF (11/3)

Elise Bryant shows why she’s “Queen of the Night” 10/27)

“TRIANGLE: Scenes from a Prosecution” (10/20)

Triangle Fire Dedication Ceremony streams live today (10/11)

Leadville Irish Miners’ Memorial to be unveiled Saturday (9/13)

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