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Solidarity. International Workers of the World. 1905 IWW Convention the “New Continental Congress” Industrial Union Thought change would come through a general strike hoping the workers would take over Marxist organization. IWW in the Northwest.

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international workers of the world
International Workers of the World
  • 1905 IWW Convention the “New Continental Congress”
  • Industrial Union
  • Thought change would come through a general strike hoping the workers would take over
  • Marxist organization
iww in the northwest
IWW in the Northwest
  • IWW in the Northwest wanted to organize all industry into one large union including timber, shipping
  • They wanted the workers to own the companies
  • Rejected the electoral system
key wobblies
Key Wobblies
  • Big Bill Haywood – Helped organize strikes for for workers of all races
  • Eugene Debs – Leader of the labor movement in America ran for president in 1908
  • Elizabeth Gurley Flynn – Feminist concerned with equal pay for workers, helped organize strikes
  • Joe Hill – martyr of the Wobblies, “Don’t morn…organize.”
  • Marie Equi – Portland doctor who performed abortions regardless of class, helped organize humanitarian efforts, fought for workers rights
  • All of these individuals went to jail at least once for their cause
free speech action in portland
Free Speech Action in Portland
  • Standing on soap boxes in downtown Portland (6th and Washington) IWW speakers would shout their messages of worker’s rights and the need to organize to the people passing by
  • The newly elected, upon being sworn in ordered all public speaking to end except religious meetings
  • IWW members challenged this by continuing to speak on street corners in Portland
  • On one occasion in 1913 the police arrested every man who stepped on the soap box and began to speak until the jail was filled with shouting, singing IWW members
  • Once all of the men had been arrested, the women started in and were arrested as well
  • This marked the beginning of violent conflict between the IWW in Portland and Portland police
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Portland 1913

6th Street downtown

between Alder & Washington

the IWW free speech fight

6th and Alder today

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Wobblies fight for free speech in Portland, 1913

Tom Burns, IWW organizer, the "Mayor of Burnside"

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