Chicago, 1966. Artists assemble at Dominico Di Meo’s loft to prepare banners and artwork for an anti-Vietnam War demonstration led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Continue reading
An organizing workshop led by activist Staughton Lynd at Indiana University Northwest on 9-16-71 to discuss organizing around tax policy and investigating grocery pricing in Illinois and Indiana. A month earlier, President Richard Nixon had issued an executive order freezing wages for 90 days. In response, supermarkets were pressured to suspend price increases, although this group felt they were not adhering to this promise. Continue reading
This video documents a post-screening discussion with Virginia Jencks about the 1954 film “Salt of the Earth.” Jencks was a labor leader who played herself in the film. It portrays a real-life strike that occurred at Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico and most of the roles in the film were played by the real life miners and union organizers. The film was directed by Herbert Biberman, who was blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), and it was not shown for many years after its completion. Continue reading
“Right On: A Friend Remembers Fred Hampton” [1989 |18 minutes] Veteran community activist Jorja English Palmer [1930-2005] talks of the events of 1948-1969 which led Fred Hampton to the leadership of the Illinois Black Panther Party and to his murder by Chicago police as part of the FBI’s secret counter intelligence program – COINTELPRO.
“Power to the People” [1989 | 26 minutes] “Power to the People” speaks to Black, Latino and White activists who worked with and were influenced by Fred Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party. They recall the late 1960s and how the Panther experience still affects their current community work. In doing so, they tell the story of the IL Party and the murder and how it led to the empowerment of Chicago’s African-American communities and the election of Chicago’s … Continue reading
May Day likely originated as a pagan celebration of spring, but it’s probably better known today as International Workers’ Day. Although not officially recognized by the US government, which favors a Labor Day in September, May Day’s labor connotations actually have their roots in Chicago’s history, as Studs explains in this video. May Day was officially selected as International Workers’ Day in 1889 by the Second International, an organization of socialist and labor parties in Paris, in memory of Chicago’s … Continue reading