Today in 1871: French government troops put down the Paris Commune, a revolt of city workers and other Republicans in the wake of the Prussian seige of Paris. The savage fighting kills twenty thousand people.
Some four thousand Communards will be sentenced to death. The police dissolve workers’ syndicates and, encouraged by the state, employers no longer tolerate union organizing.
In 1884, the Third Republic parliament will be forced to pass legislation recognizing workers’ organizing right, but include no provisions encouraging collective bargaining. The labor movement will declare itself an enemy of the Republic and resort to repeated strikes.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
The Radicals and Progressives “Meet and Eat” is tonight at 5pm at the Orient House Restaurant, 626 South Park Street. More info at 249-0879.
Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice member group Voices for Creative Nonviolence is planning a 200-mile walk and speaking tour to protest drone warfare. From June 8th to 23rd, walkers will trek from the Rock Island Arsenal, where launch mechanisms and bomb components are manufactured, to the Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing in Des Moines, the proposed site of a new command center where drones can be remotely-piloted to fly over other countries. VCN is seeking walkers, places to stay and groups interested in hosting a presentation. Contact Voices at 773-878-3815 or email@example.com.