Mere Subsistence Is Not Enough
November 22, 2018 7:51 AM Subscribe
“Public officials have only words of warning to us – warning that we must be intensely peaceable…The strong hand of the law beats us back, when we rise, into the conditions that make life unbearable.” Rose Schneiderman (1882-1972) was a militant trade unionist, socialist activist, and women’s rights leader who helped shape the New Deal despite being decried by conservative New York legislators as i‘the Red Rose of Anarchy’. Schneiderman is most famous for the bloody, 63 day long Lawrence textile Strike (which sent children away to safety in nearby Vermont.) Not for her presence, but for her “Bread and Roses speech” given earlier in the year which became a slogan and chant of the strikes (although its origin have be from popular Italian anarchist writings of the time.) James Oppenheim wrote a poem inspired by the Lawerence Strike, which was then set to music by Mimi Fariña, sister of Joan Baez, who later covered it. Other covers: Ani DiFranco - John Denver - Judy Collins - the movie Pride (Solo version by Bronwen Lewis).
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