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The life and times of a Black Wobbly: Ben Fletcher

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December 9, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


You are invited to the Claudia Jones School’s next event, “The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly: Ben Fletcher.” Peter Cole, professor of history at Western Illinois University and author of Wobblies on the Waterfront, will speak about  Ben Fletch­er, an African Amer­i­can who helped lead the IWW’s most mil­i­tant and effec­tive inter­ra­cial branch, epit­o­mized the union’s brand of anti-cap­i­tal­ism and anti-racism. Fletch­er (1890−1949) was a tremen­dous­ly impor­tant and well-loved mem­ber of the IWW dur­ing its hey­day, the first quar­ter of the 20th cen­tu­ry. A bril­liant union orga­niz­er and a humor­ous ora­tor, Fletch­er helped found and lead Local 8 of the IWW’s Marine Trans­port Work­ers Indus­tri­al Union. When found­ed in 1913, this union was a third African Amer­i­can, a third Irish and Irish Amer­i­can, and a third oth­er Euro­pean immi­grants. Despite being hat­ed by the boss­es and red-­bait­ed by the gov­ern­ment, Local 8 con­trolled the water­front for almost a decade.

Date: Wednesday, December 9
Time: 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, 5:30 Central, 3:30 Pacific

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Co-sponsored by the DC Industrial Workers of the World, Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe, and PM Press.




December 9, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Claudia Jones School for Political Education


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