Today in 1877: A general strike, part of the railroad strike that had paralyzed the country, is called in St. Louis, where workers briefly seize control of the city. Within a week after it began in Martinsburg, West Virginia, the railroad strike has reached East St. Louis,Illinois, where 500 members of the St. Louis Workingmen’s Party joined 1,000 railroad workers and residents.
Strikers in St. Louis continued operation of non-freight trains themselves, collecting the fares, making it impossible for the railroads to blame the workers for loss of passenger rail service.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight is a Madison Infoshop Collective Meeting! New volunteers always welcome. Help keep your local activist resource clearing house and community center alive and kicking! This is tonight at 7:30pm at Madison Infoshop, 1019 Williamson Street. More info at 262-9036 or visit madisoninfoshop.org
A central figure in the civil rights movement in the late 1960s, Father James Groppi worked for justice and equality in Milwaukee at a turbulent time in our nation’s history. Join Stuart Stotts, author of ‘Father Groppi: Marching for Civil Rights,’ as he presents Father Groppi’s story at the Wisconsin Historical Museum tomorrow from 12:15 to 1pm. A book signing will follow the talk. There is a suggested donation. More info at 608-264-6555.