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Today in labor history: Stonewall sparks gay rights movement

Forty four years ago today the Stonewall demonstrations broke out in New York City,

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The Dream lives on, but we must fight for it

In a five-to-four decision the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the formula in Section 4 of the 1965 Civil Rights Act was unconstitutional.

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Labor spells out what “must” be in immigration bill

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has laid down, in detail, what the federation wants - and doesn't want - in the legislation.

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Today in labor history: Supreme Court ends laws against interracial marriage

The case was brought forth by Richard and Mildred Loving, who were imprisoned for one year for marrying in the state of Virginia.

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Today in labor history: University of Alabama desegregated

Fifty years ago today, two Black students, James Hood and Vivian Malone, walked through the doors of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

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Today in labor history: James Meredith shot

On this day in 1966, civil rights activist James Meredith was shot while leading the March Against Fear from Memphis to Jackson.

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Today in labor history: Musician Bob Dylan is born

Songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," and "The Times, They Are a-Changin'" became powerful anthems of the social struggles and anti-war sentiment of Dylan's era.

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Today in labor history: Debs imprisoned

Labor activist Eugene V. Debs was imprisoned May 22, 1895, for his role in the Pullman strike.

 

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Today in labor history: Freedom Riders attacked in Alabama

On May 14, 1961, Freedom Riders were brutally attacked by violent, well-armed and organized mobs of Klansmen and other terrorists in Anniston and Birmingham, Ala., with the support of local law enforcement and politicians.

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Today in labor history: The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters founded

Representing the Pullman Porters, the Brotherhood was the first African-American labor union to sign a collective bargaining agreement with a major U.S. corporation.

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