IWW fundraiser attacked: Members tarred and feathered

On June 14, 1924, in San Pedro California a mob armed with clubs attacked an IWW hall, where a program was being held to raise money for for defense. They were fighting a 1923 law that made being a member of the IWW a crime. Over 1000 people were arrested for IWW membership.

In San Pedro, the vigilante beat the crowd with clubs. During the turmoil several children were scalded. Seven of the workers were tarred and feathered. A Grand Jury was convened but did not bring any indictments.*

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*Source:  http://www.workerseducation.org/crutch/others/true.html





Joelle Fishman
Joelle Fishman

Joelle Fishman chairs the Connecticut Communist Party USA. She is a Commissioner on the City of New Haven Peace Commission, serves on the executive board of the Alliance of Retired Americans in Connecticut and is an active member of many economic rights and social justice organizations. She was a candidate for Congress from 1973 to 1982, maintaining minor-party ballot status for the Communist Party in Connecticut's Third Congressional District. As chair of the CPUSA Political Action Commission, she has played an active role in the broad labor and people's alliance that defeated the ultra-right in the 2008 elections and continues to mobilize for health care, worker rights and peace.