May 1916 marks the centenary of the execution of IWW/labor organizer James Connolly by British authorities for his role in leading the Easter Rebellion. The IWW Hungarian Literature Fund is commemorating the occasion by publishing a graphic history of his life by veteran comic artist Tom Keough, followed by a modest selection of Connolly’s writings and an afterword by labor historian (and editor of the graphic history The Wobblies) Paul Buhle.
Ordering information and more details are available on our Connolly page.
We returned to the smaller 11 by 17 format for 2016, and restored the price to $12, $6.50 each for orders of 5 or more copies (ask for rates for orders of 25 copies or more). It is produced in cooperation with the Greater Kansas City General Membership Branch of the IWW.
Work is beginning on the 2017 edition of the calendar. In March 2016, the Hungarian Literature Fund will co-release James Connolly: A Full Life, a graphic novella by Tom Keough issued on the centenary of the Easter Rising.
The Joe Hill Roadshow, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the execution of IWW organizer and songwriter Joe Hill kicks off Friday, May 1, in Chicago. Details at http://joehill100.com The first leg ran through the midWest; the East Coast run begins July 24; later legs will run up the West coast, and through the South. A Rust Belt tour is also being contemplated. Details on this and other Joe Hill commemorative events are posted at http://joehill100.com/events
The web site also has a page for purchasing a Joe Hill commemorative t-shirt and other items, a chronology of major events in Joe Hill’s life, etc.; it is continuously being updated.
Monday, April 13, is the 125th anniversary of the birth of the great African-American IWW organizer Ben Fletcher, who organized Philadelphia dockworkers into the country’s first integrated longshore union.
IWW Hungarian Literature Fund trustee and former IWW General Executive Board Chairman Fred Lee has died. FW Lee liberated the last of Joe Hill’s ashes from federal custody, played a central role in reviving the IWW in the British Isles, and was a renowned heterodox economist who worked relentlessly to break the stranglehold of pro-capitalist orthodoxy.
The 2015 calendar is now available. It features the songs of IWW songwriter Joe Hill, with more than 20 striking photos and graphics that connect to many of his best-known works. 2015 is of course the centenary of Joe Hill’s murder by the capitalist class and the state of Utah, framed for a murder that no rational person believes he committed. (All the physical evidence pointed elsewhere, and William Adler’s recent biography demolishes the circumstantial case that the authorities pinned together to justify a case that from its beginnings was built solely on the belief that a Wobbly and writer of labor songs was a disreputable person capable of committing any crime.)
This year’s calendar is large-format (12 by 12), with a full-color cover. It features extensive notes on significant events in Joe Hill’s life and struggles, as well as hundreds of notes commemorating important dates from hundreds of years of labor struggles. A short essay highlights Joe Hill’s importance as an IWW organizer and songwriter. It is produced in cooperation with the Boston IWW branch. Single copies are $15.95; Five copies to the same address are $50. (Please add $3 per copy for international postage.)
Checks payable to Boston IWW can be mailed to: Boston IWW, PO Box 391724, Cambridge MA 02139. Or payments can be made through PayPal: Single Copy $15.95; Copy with International Postage: $18.95 Bundle of 5: $50
Longtime Wobbly and Hungarian Literature Fund trustee Penny Pixler died earlier this year, after a long struggle with cancer. She joined the Industrial Workers of the World in the 1970s, as a veteran of the anti-war and feminist movements, and remained an active member until her death. She served a term as IWW General Secretary-Treasurer, co-edited the 36th edition of the Little Red Songbook, and was a long-time contributor to the Industrial Worker.
FW Pixler was one of a generation of younger Wobblies selected by its founders to revive the Hungarian Literature Fund in the 1980s, after a long period of dormancy. Her time in the IWW was marked by an abiding commitment to civility, an unshakeable internationalism, and a refusal to quit. Her ashes were scattered in Waldheim Cemetery on Labor Day, 2014.
The 2014 Labor History Calendar is shipping around the world, while supplies last! We’re down to just a few dozen copies, so get those orders in fast!
Details and a back cover image sampling the photos is on the Labor History Calendar page.
We have held prices the same ($12, post-paid, to the United States & Canada; $14 internationally; orders of 5 or more to the same address $6.50, plus shipping for international copies).
You can order copies here.
The 2013 Calendar is now available. It features an Occupy theme, and includes 16 photos from around the world (and going back many decades). The calendar is union-printed, 8 1/2 by 11 (11 by 17 when hanging). It is co-published by the IWW Hungarian Literature Fund and the Greater Kansas City General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World. Ordering information is at http://www.kciww.org/2013-solidarity-forever-labor-history-calendar/
The price for the 2013 calendar will remain $12 (including shipping within U.S.); discounts are available for bulk orders, and for advance bulk orders received by September 2 (to permit direct shipping from our printer). For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. (More details are also on the Calendar page)
Thank you, fellow workers, for your support for this project.
We have now exhausted two printing of the labor history calendar, and have a modest third printing underway to fill remaining orders. Outside of several calendars damaged in shipping from the printer, that exhausts our stock of the 2012 Calendar, and so we can accept no new orders.
In a short time, we will begin work on the 2013 Calendar. Your suggestions for historic photos, important events that should be commemorated, and other ideas for the 2013 Solidarity Forever calendar are welcome. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.