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(en) US, Chicago, Illinois. IWW* 100 Years conference June 25 - 26, 2005

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Date Sat, 26 Feb 2005 06:45:48 +0100 (CET)


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100 Years of Workers' Struggles A Conference Commemorating the
Centenary of the Founding of the Industrial Workers of the World
Delegates from across the United States and Canda gathered in Chicago in June
1905 to launch a new labor movement, the Industrial Workers of the World. In
the years that followed, the IWW revolutionized the labor movement,
organizing workers who the traditoinal craft unions had written off and creating a
form of direct action, rank-and-file militant unionism that inspired workers
around the world even as it led terrified employers to unleash a savage wave of
repression.

Today, while the mainstream labor movement seems headed to oblivion,
workers are reclaiming and reinventing earlier modes of struggle. Workers centers,
solidarity unionism, and the contemporary resurgence of the IWW demonstrate
that workers continue to resist exploitation, and to struggle for
control over their working lives.

We are commemorating the 100th aniversary of the founding of the IWW with a
two-day conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The first
day of this two-day conference will focus on how the IWW and its ideas have
inspired, and continue to inspire, a wide array of social movements; the second
day will focus on alternative forms of worker organizing as workers grapple with
globalization, contracting-out and other aspects of the new economy in the
face of an increasingly hostile labor law regime. There will also be
performances and exhibitions in conjunction with the conference.

We welcome proposals for presentations on specific aspects of these
themes, for panels, or for related presentations (video showings, workers' art, etc.).
Brief descriptions (approximately 150 words) of proposed presentations
should be submitted by April 1, 2005. Proposals should be sent to: IWW
Centenary, PO Box 13476, Philadelphia PA 19101, or emailed to: centenary@iww.org.
Please be sure to include a short description of each presenter with your proposal.

Sponsored by the Industrial Workers of the World and the Graduate History
Society at the University of Illinois at Chicago
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* [Ed. Note: the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is
is an antiauthotitarian anticapitalist direct action initiative.]


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