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  • August 3, 1974

    VIVA LA HUELGA!

  • OUI Of SlHUGGU COMlS UNIlY MY HEART IS COLD with the knowledge that no treaty wiU keep whites out of our' lands; hard with the detennination to resist as long-as I live and br>eathe. Now we ape weak and many aPe af1'aid. • • But heaP me: a single twig b1'eaks" but the bundle of twigs is st1'ong. Someday I wiU emb1'ace OU1' b1'othe1' tribes and d1'auJ them into a bundle and togethe1' we wiU win our' count1'Y back f1'om the whi tes. "

    - Tecumseh" Shaz,mee Chief

    "He1'e you wiU t1'ead upon a spaPk" but the1'e and the1'e" behind you and in f1'ont of you" and eve1'ywhe1'e, flames blaze up. It is a subte1'- 1'anean fi1'e. You cannot put it out•••• " August spies, one of the o1'ganizors of the Chicago strike fop 8-hour' day of May l, l886; subsequently f1'amed fop the HaymaPket Sq. bomb and hung on Nov. U" U8?

    "The whole history of unions' -all of the g1'eat love and sac1'ifices" all of the jailings and beatings, the great feaP that .exists when the police and the goons begin to beat you and your' families up and the loss of income and the unce1'tainty of what may happen tommo1'ow. All of these great sacrifices and cOur'age give us the detennination to continue. We have - made a date with justice and it doesn't mat- ter what is in the way" - time" effo1't" money" sac1'ifice" nothing is going to take us auJay from that date with justic~.!'

    - a faT'ITtWo1'ke1'

  • The United Mine Workers of America represents some of the most exploited workers in the U. S.

    C01l Canada - the coal miners. Founded in l890~ during a great wave of industrial strife~ it has to its credit the hardest fought lahor battles in (])lr history. Every union man and woman shou ld know their names: Logan VaUey~ Ludlow~ Harlan County. At these and a thousand other places~ the UMW has held the line against the most ruthless corporations in the world. The UMW's many martyrs are a testimony to its determination to mine coal under decent conditions~ for union 'iJa~s.

    Arnold Mi ller is a rank and fi le miner from 7cbin Creek~ West Virginia. He was swept into office on a tide of anger and militancy in the nines. A victim of black lung disease~ he has carried the demands of the miners for healthy working conditions into the UMW's presidency. We salute Arnold MiZler for his courage in the struggle of Miners for Democracy ~ for his com- ~ittment to organizing the unorganized.

    The UMW founded the CIG. Now it is in a fight to unionize the mines of Eastern Kentucy. The strikers at Duke Power Co. 's Brookside~ Kentucky~ mine~ have faced scabs~ gun-thugs and hostile courts for over a year. Their wives and daughters haw fought the scabs and gone to jail. To the Brookside strikers we say; may the strike live

    .f) n!

    "Don't scah for the bosses~ don't listen to their lies.

    Us working folks haven't got a chance unless we organize."

    from "Which Side are you On"

  • PROGRAM

    Elizabeth Boardman • • • Inter Faith Committee to Support Farmworkers

    ,Ti.rnmy Loughlin • . • • . Secretary-TY'easurer, State AFL-CIO

    Elliott smaZl ..••. • Dist. ll99 National Hos- pital Workers; Trade Union Support Committee

    Polly Halfi(enny .••• • National Alliance Against Racism & Political Repre- ssion.

    WHICH SIDE ARE YOU 00

    Come all of you good workers, good news to you I'll tell

    Of how the good old union has come in here to dwell

    Chorus: Which side are you on, Which side are on?

    My daddy was a miner, and I'm a miner's son, And I'll stick with the Union, till every

    battle's won.

    They say in Harlan County, there are no neutrals there;

    You'll either be a union man or a thug for J. H. Blair.

    Margaret Burnham . • • •Emcee

    Diana Nunez • ••.•• • Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, AFL-CIO

    Karen Faler • ••••• • Somerville Support Com.

    Paul Shannon • • • • • • Peace activist

    Arnold Mi ller •

    Phil Ochs . • • .

    • President, UMW

    . • Fo lksinger

    Oh workers can you stand it? Oh, tell me how you can,

    Will you be a lousy scab or will you take a stand?

    Don't scab for the bosses, don't listen to their lies.

    Us poor folks haven't got a chance unless we organize.

    WE SHALL OVERCOME

    Cesar Chavez • • President, UFW, AFL-Cro

    Haitian Folk Choir

    We shall overcome We shall overcome We shall overcome, someday 0, deep in my heart I do believe . We shall overcome, someday

    We are not afraid (repeat) We will organize (repeat) We'll walk hand in hand (repeat)

  • LINKS ON THE CHAIN

    Corne ye ranks of labor, corne to the union fore And see if you remember, the struggle of before When you were standing helpless on the outside

    of the door And you started building links on the chain,

    on the chain And you started building links on the chain.

    When the police on, the horses were waiting on demand

    Riding through the strike with a pistol in their hand

    Swinging at the skulls of many union men As you build one more link on the chain,

    on the chain A s you build one more link on the chain.

    And the army of the fascists tried to put you on the run

    But the army of the union, they did what could be done

    Oh the power of the factory was greater than the gun

    As you built one more link on the chain, on the chain

    As you built one more link on the chain.

    And then in 1954, decisions finally made Oh the black ,man was arising fast Raising from the shame And your union took no stands And your union was betrayed As you lost yourself a link on the chain,

    on the chain As you lost yourself a link on the chain.

    And then there came the boycott And then the freedom rides And forgetting what you stood for You tried to block the tide

    (con' t.)

    And the automation bosses were laughing on the side '

    As they wat:::::hed you lose your links on the chains. on the chains

    As they watched you lose your links, on the chain.

    1md then when they block your trucks by laying on the road

    All that they are doing is all that you have shown Thct you gotta strike, you've gotta fight To get what you are owed When you're building all your links on the chain

    on the chain When you're building all your links on the chain.

    And the man who tries to tell you that they'll take your job away

    Is the same man who was scabbing hard just the other day

    And your union's not a union till' he's thrown out cf the way

    And he's choking on your links on the chain on the chain

    And he's choking on your links on the chain.

    And now the times are telling you that times are rolling on

    And you're fighting for the same things For jobs that will be gone.

    Now it's only fair to ask you, boys, Which side are you on? As you're building all your links on the chain As you're building all your links on the chain.

    PhiZ Ochs -

  • SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH

    OF BOSTON

    SUPPORT THE BOYC(J]'T

    IS.l:l?

    The New American Movement supports the united Famrworkers in their fight for union recognition, justice and dignity. The struggle of all who work against those who profit from the labor of others will create a socialist society.

    Middlesex New American Movement Box 443 Somepville 965-l20?

    THE BOSTON INDUSTRIAL MISSION

    SUPPORTS THE UFW, afl-cio

    5& Boylston Street, Cambridge, Mass. 021381 491-&350

    THE AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPO[(l'S THE NONVIOLENT STRUGGLE OF THE UNITED FARMWORKERS.

    48 Inman St. Cambridge

  • H There is no political democrdcy

    without economicdemocracy' , AFGE

    wcal 32U - Office of Economic Opportuni·ty Rm. E-400, JFK Building Boston

    compliments from a friend of the «Catholic Worker»

    WI SUPPORIIHI fARMWORKIRS' SIRUGGlf

    SOLiDARlft FORIVIR!

    COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, AFL-C!O

    REGIONAL OFFICE 15 COURT SQUARE

    NISIANKIAG COOP fARM

    The people of the Co-op Fapm want to express

    strong support and solidarity with the struggle

    of farm workers. Through the labor of many,

    many people, the Co-op Farm was able to grow.

    Now, in selling the farm, we feel that the THE WOMEN'S SCHOOL CAMBRIDGE

    money can best be used by workers fighting for

    CARRY IHI SIRUGGU ON

    Liberal Religious Youth

    25 Beacon St. ?42-2l00 x3?O

    their rights and the rights of all hard working

    people.

    / VIVA LA HUELGA!

  • .loin us in 1.JOrking against the use of Science as an instPW7lent of warfare. POI' information~ 66l-94l2, evenings.

    Scientists against War Research c/o Dave Siezel, Mailbox #71, Chemistry Dept.

    Harvard University Cambridge.

    NON -VIOLENCE IS OUR STRENGTH

    - .

    Boycott grapes, lettuce &Gallo wine

    Women's International League for Peace & Freedom l5 Sellers St. Cambridge 354-0008

    Sisters of Notre Dame

    Support Farrmvorkers' .Efforts

    Sisters of Notre Dame 37 Condor St. East Boston I )) i(

  • God's Blessing St.Gabriel~ Church

    Brighton

    VIVALA HUELGA boycott grapes, lettuce

    and Gallo Wine

    Father Feeley stonehill College N. Easton~ Mass.

    lhe law Communes sUJPort the farmworkers

    VIVA LA CAUSA The Law Cormnunes '698 Mass. Ave. Cambridge 492-3900 492-5200

    The Eastem Mas