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Happy Cesar Chavez Day! Chavez with his dogs Huelga (“strike”) and Boycott. He originally got them simply as guard dogs, but over time the relationship deepened. Boycott went everywhere with him—and he gave credit to both of them for leading … Continue reading
Gene Sharp died last week. Sharp was a prolific theorist of nonviolent action whose writings have influenced anti-government resistance movements around the world. His work was profoundly shaped by the study of Gandhi and the labor and civil rights activist … Continue reading
On June 18, 1984, 5,000 picketers—members of the UK National Union of Mineworkers and their supporters—arrived at the British Steel Corporation coking plant in Orgreave, South Yorkshire, determined to prevent scab trucks from leaving the plant with deliveries. They were … Continue reading
Graham Wood: Jayaben Desai (1977) Desai lead the 1977 strike at the Grunwick photo-processing factory in Willesden, London. The workers, predominantly Asian women, not only struck for union recognition, but challenged the stereotype of being silent and subservient. They were … Continue reading
Robert Koehler: The Strike (1886) The Strike spoke to issues of urgent concern on both sides of the Atlantic—issues that remain timely even today. From the painting’s debut and initial reception against a fevered background of seething ferment among industrial … Continue reading
John Vachon: Picket line at King Farm, Morrisville PA, August 1938