The last weekend of June, 2005, the IWW commemorates the 186 labor visionaries who met in Chicago at Brand’s Hall on Tuesday, June 27, 1905, at ten o’clock AM, to hear William D. "Big Bill" Haywood speak the following words:
"Fellow workers... this is the Continental Congress of the working class. We are here to confederate the workers of this country into a working class movement that shall have for its purpose the emancipation of the working class from the slave bondage of capitalism. There is no organization, or there seems to be no labor organization, that has for its purpose the same object as that for which you are called together to-day. The aims and objects of this organization should be to put the working class in possession of the economic power, the means of life, in control of the machinery of production and distribution, without regard to capitalist masters."
To celebrate this momentous Centenary of the Founding Convention, the Chicago IWW will be hosting a Centenary Celebration the weekend of Thursday, June 23 through Sunday, June 26, 2005.
Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology - Edited by Joyce L. Kornbluh;
Introduction by Fred Thompson;
Charles H. Kerr--PUBLISHING COMPANY--
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