|Mother Lode progressive and Zapatistas frontman Nick Pistoia|
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|Mother Lode progressive and Zapatistas frontman Nick Pistoia|
|The light side of Vicious.|
|Occupy Amador, Nov. 17 2011. Photo Courtesy of Alan Willard|
|David and half a shower curtain.|
|Idaho governor |
October 6th 2011
"When inspecting the bits of plant and other organic matter on my shoes, I was asked if that was where I “hid my bud,” I let the officer know he was only touching livestock manure."
On-site mugshot after being arrested at Occupy Sacramento
|Cowboy, Homesteader, Miner, and Socialist|
"Big Bill" Haywood
|Mike Israel, second to last on the left. (Photo from Paul Burke)|
On Sept. 7, the Lodi City Council delayed approving $120,000 in federal grants to write a climate action plan after hearing from almost a dozen activists, most of whom cited Agenda 21. The council asked city staff for more information about Agenda 21 and whether other cities are, in fact, digging in their heels against the new regulations.Read more of this article here.
|1886 engraving of the Haymarket Affair|
“Reading through the pages [of Agenda 21], it becomes clear "sustainable development" is just a really nice way of saying "centralized control over all of human life on planet Earth."Liberal media watchdog MediaMatters.org speculated that Beck was basing his theory off the wild-eyed rants of conspiracy monger Alex Jones, who has also theorized that FEMA is building concentration camps, the government helped orchestrate the Oklahoma City Bombings to discredit the militia movement, and that the world is controlled by a secret occult cabal. While it does seem Beck has repeatedly poached Jones’ material, and it is certainly tempting to link him to an even crazier conspiracist, I suspect he was simply responding to the previously existing concerns of his audience.
[Fox News, Glenn Beck, 6/15/11, from mediamatters.org]
|1883 cartoon depicting the American workman tied to the fire of monopoly.|
From Puck Magazine.
|Alan R. Willard is a 57 year old long|
term resident of greater Bummerville
interested in community, organic living,
and a sustainable future.
Currently a care giver with a
micro-business, garden, family, and is
an active board member with the
Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth & Families.
|Conservative forces in early 20th century America painted European immigrants|
as stealing from Anglo-American wage earners. Mine owners and newspapers in
Amador County blamed such immigrants for labor upheavals.
Image from Judge Magazine.
"Who are the oppressors? The few: the King, the capitalist, and a handful of other overseers and superintendents. Who are the oppressed? The many: the nations of the earth; the valuable personages; the workers; they that make the bread that the soft-handed and idle eat…
Twain looking tough.
From wikimedia commons.
When all the bricklayers, and all the machinists, and all the miners, and blacksmiths, and printers, and hod-carriers, and stevedores, and house-painters, and brakemen, and engineers, and conductors, and factory hands, and horse-car drivers, and all the shop-girls, and all the sewing-women, and all the telegraph operators; in a word all the myriads of toilers in whom is slumbering the reality of that thing which you call Power ... when these rise, call the vast spectacle by any deluding name that will please your ear, but the fact remains a Nation has risen."
~Mark Twain in an 1886 address to the early union Knights of Labor
|About the Author:|
I am eighteen years old and personally
quite liberal. I currently attend Calaveras
High School. I live in Valley Springs on
weekdays and Stockton on weekends.
In the Fall, I will move to
Northampton, MA to attend Smith College.
|The union organizer as a noxious weed that|
blooms every spring, from the conservative
Democrat "Puck Magazine."
Strike Notice-Notice is hereby given to all men of Jackson district that a strike is declared on all mines and mills of Oneida, Zeila, Gwin, Kennedy, Central Eureka, and South Eureka Mines.Crews of around two mineworkers each guarded all the roads and trails leading to the mines, turning around men on foot and horseback on their way to work in the morning. The strike was on.
|About me: |
19 years old, raised in Amador County, liberal...
almost socialist. My beliefs came from watching
the economy crumble and seeing
the rich get all the tax breaks.
About the author:
I was born in the labor movement.
My father was a depression survivor,
Roosevelt Democrat, and union organizer
for the CIO in the 1930’s.
They were organizing a furniture factory
in Upper Michigan, The Lloyd Company.
They took Lloyd out on a long strike
.Nine months after the Lloyd strike there
was a baby-boom in that town.
I was one of those “strike babies,” and I’m still there.
|"The Tournament of Today--A Set-To Between Labor and Monopoly." Date unknown.|
A broad view of the labor movement, which recognizes the fact that there is an abundance for all, is the only tenable ground. Keep up the organization, and benefits will come as fast as outside conditions will warrant. The safety of all depends upon the intelligent organization of labor.
|"TR teaches the childish coal barons a lesson"|
Several times I have been asked what in my opinion was the most important single incident in the labor movement in the United States and I have invariably replied: the strike of the anthracite miners in Pennsylvania ... from then on the miners became not merely human machines to produce coal but men and citizens.
|Workers at Amador's Zeila gold mine, 1910.|
“Reports have been current in Jackson and throughout the county that an effort is being made to organize a miners' labor union in this county, with headquarters in Jackson. Meetings have been bold in the basement known as the Olympus cafe for three successive nights, for the purpose of launching a now secret society.”
|Just because it's yellow and trickles down doesn't mean it's gold.|
“The barbarous gold barons--they did not find the gold, they did not mine the gold, they did not mill the gold, but by some weird alchemy all the gold belonged to them!”Introduction: Rebellion Beneath the Wild West
William “Big Bill” Haywood, organizer for the Western Federation of Miners, Industrial Workers of the World, and Socialist Party of America.
|A different time: the Kennedy Mine & Mill, Jackson, Ca.|
|Mike and I with our nifty banner.|
|Students and Healthcare workers rallying on steps.|