Lucy Ella Gonzales Parsons, a working-class leader and spouse of one of the Haymarket martyrs, died March 7, 1942 in Chicago.
Fifty years ago, on this day in 1965, District 1199 Health Care Workers became the first labor union in the United States to formally oppose the Vietnam War.
"He may have no blood relations in the United States, but he has thousands of brothers and sisters."
An upbeat and forceful President Obama signaled he intends to use the rest of his second term to push for a progressive agenda on behalf of the nation's working people.
Many Democratic state legislators are eager to restore the massive funding cuts suffered by human services programs in recent years.
The nation is about to see the roll-out of a dramatic effort more diverse than any wage campaign in American history.
"DoD spending on service contracts is closing in on $200 billion annually; already, it is more than double the cost of the Department's entire civilian workforce."
Walmart employees' fight for justice and an end to retaliation reached a new level on Friday, with an estimated 1,600 actions and strikes.
During the nationwide strike in 160 cities for higher wages and union rights, they will demand an industry-wide wage of $15 per hour.
President Obama's action does not fix all the problems. But it will temporarily make life for five million families safer, better and happier.