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(en) Canada, New Issue of the Wobbly Dispatch - Celebrating 100 Years of the IWW* by Sean M. Boomer

Date Mon, 19 Dec 2005 12:52:49 +0200


Inside this issue...
Celebrating 100 Years of the IWW .... 1
GA Report .........................2
A "Freightening" Experience ..3
Centennial Party Photos ....4-5
Telus Workers Defiant .........6
Union Sovereignty Belongs in Workers' Hands ...7
Recommended Reads .........8
Hi everyone, The newest issue of our branch newsletter The Wobbly Dispatch is
available for download now. If you wan't to see how the class struggle is
doing in Alberta feel free to download it from our website at:
http://edmonton.iww.ca/Wob-Dispatch-Iss3.pdf

> Celebrating 100 Years of the IWW by Sean M. Boomer
The Edmonton GMB did its best to celebrate the 100th
birthday of the Industrial Workers of the World in grand style
on Saturday November 12th with live music, a birthday cake,
games, and cheap drinks.
Primarily organized by Fellow Workers Kirsten Mayoh, Geoff
Loken, Jeannette Gysbers, Steve Nixon, and Gordie Thomas,
the affair took a great deal of planning. The committee
displayed creativity in its efforts, and all agreed that they
created an event worthy of the Union's one-hundredth year.
The event took place in a lavishly decorated hall. Posters
laboriously hand-stenciled by members of the Centennial
Committee were on display; IWW candle holders, also made
by hand by committee members, were set at each table.
Festive red and black balloons and streamers lent a jolly air to
the proceedings. (The balloons were hand tied by our very
own Aaron Wilson and Sean Boomer.) Two copies of a
beautiful portrait of Wobbly songwriter, organizer, and martyr
Joe Hill were up for raffle. A Greedy Capitalist pinata
complete with a jagged grin and lustful leer, paunch swelling
with all the good things of life (decked out in tux, top hat,
and tails no less), stared hungrily at our delicious cake. For
once, the rich man did not get his slice! Our ancient bugbear
was, in fact, the papier-mache creation of Fellow Workers
Mayoh and Loken. His swollen belly, filled with candies, alas
remains imperforate, waiting for another Union event to be
burst open to the joy of the workers and the confoundment
of our enemies. A `Pin-the-Tail on Ralphie' game displayed
the Branch's general feeling toward another swollen member
of the ruling class, alas less amenable to the ministrations of a
wooden pole.
Excellent music was provided by Guy Smith and the
Revtones (Guy's voice, being a victim of a bad cold, lent a
punk rock edge), and by a few brave open-mike takers.
Members of Edmonton GMB and some guests also added to
the general entertainment by leading a wobbly sing-along. In
particular, the spirited anthem "Solidarity Forever" enlivened
the evening (multiple times!). The lighting and sound for the
occasion were provided by Bill Carley, and the fiercelly
committed Fellow Worker Mayoh.
Last, but certainly not least, Fellow Workers Gordie Thomas
and Steve Nixon used courtesy, fortitude, and discretion as
they bartended for the throng of revelers. In this they
received occasional help from Fellow Worker Gallie, who
appeared, like the cavalry in an old western, at crucial
moments.
Huge thanks are due to everyone who made the party a
success! It was an event for the ages, an event for one
hundred years. Happy Birthday, Fellow Workers! Let's raise our
glasses to another one hundred years of fanning the flames of
discontent.
==================================
* [Ed. Note: IWW - Industrial Workers of the World is antiauthoritarian
anticapitalist direct action syndicate.]
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