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Celebrating Seattle's Striking History:
90th Anniversary of the Seattle General Strike

Professor Rob Rosenthal (Wesleyan University) addresses a packed crowd

On February 7, 2009, we kicked off the year with an event commemorating 90 years since the 1919 Seattle General Strike. Union members, scholars, students, musicians and others convened for an exciting program remebering the events of 1919 and exploring their legacy.

Labor scholars including Howard Kimeldorf (University of Michigan), Robert Cherny (San Francisco State), and Rob Rosenthal (Wesleyan University) provided background on the Seattle strike and the larger labor movement it was a part of. Musical performances by the Anti-Fascist Marching Band, Jess Grant, and the Seattle Labor Chorus gave the event a celebratory atmosphere. Finally, a panel on immigration rights and organizing facilitated by Rosalinda Guillen ended the day with an important look towards the future.

Attendence at the event surpassed all expectations, and remained standing-room only for most of the day. All in all, people cherished the oppurtunity to recognize the achivements of the labor movement and learn from its legacies in order to grow into the future.

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