By Arnold Stead
From the speech for which Frank Little used to be murdered in Butte, Montana
Frank Little is taken into account by means of a few to be the best organizer produced via the U.S. exertions stream, and but necessary little has been written concerning the recognized business staff of the area (IWW) agitator. Little used to be a key chief of the country’s first unfastened speech fights, prepared a few mass moves, and was once thought of this kind of risk to company pursuits that he was once lynched by way of corporation thugs for decry makes an attempt at strike breaking. Police and govt officers not just became a blind eye to his homicide, they later used his phrases and activities to justify a crusade to scapegoat and persecute different individuals of the IWW.
Always on Strike chronicles and seriously engages with Little’s exploits in hopes of revealing a brand new iteration of radicals to his lifestyles, legacy and politics.
Featuring conceal artwork from a portrait of Frank Little through Keith Seidel, keithseidel.com
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They would surely have served as relay stations for information. After Missoula, Spokane, and Fresno, Frank Little had a reputation. ) The hysterical reactions of the San Diego vigilantes show, to a significant degree, fear of a growing radical movement. Always on Strike text pages 7_all pages 10/21/14 5:48 PM Page 55 Free-speech Fights 55 denver The struggle in Denver began when three IWW speakers were arrested on the day after Christmas in 1912. The speakers were jailed and a call for volunteers went out.
Joseph R. Conlin thinks the IWW abandoned free-speech fights partly because the union’s “revolutionary conscience” realized it had better things to do. He seems to overlook the pressure exerted by the war in Europe against free speech and that pressure’s impact on revolutionary activity of any kind. Mightn’t a “revolutionary [my emphasis] conscience” more profoundly show itself by struggling for free speech rather than abandoning the issue? The eastern IWW had long complained about the huge turnover in the West’s membership, attributing that turnover to a lack of central control.
Food and fuel had to be obtained for fifty thousand people, 60 percent of Lawrence’s entire population. The city’s mayor called in the state militia to suppress a parade and a striker named Anna Lopizzo was shot dead. Witnesses identified a policeman as the shooter, but Wobbly organizers Joseph Ettor and Arturo Giovannitti, neither of whom was on the scene, were charged with the murder. The state claimed the two men arranged the killing with an unknown assailant. In February, seven to ten thousand strikers moving in one long picket line marched through the mill districts wearing “Don’t be a scab” armbands.
Always on Strike: Frank Little and the Western Wobblies by Arnold Stead