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Coxey’s Army?

Today is the anniversary of “Coxey’s Army” arrival in Washington on April 30,1894.

The story of “Coxey’s Army” is written by Joe DeFilippo and performed by the R.J. Phillips Band, a group of Baltimore musicians. Joe DeFilippo: vocals, bass and acoustic guitar; Bill Phelan: lap steel, 6 string electric and 12 string guitar; Patrick McAvinue: fiddle; Leslie Darr: background vocals; Bill Pratt: drums, organ, background vocals. Produced & recorded by: Bill Pratt @ the Bratt Studio, Baltimore,MD.

Enjoy the music –

Music has underpinned workers protests for decades – it joined all in support!

Coxey’s Army and other activist are the “shoulders” the current “Labor Leaders” of the trades stand on. So, when members post what has labor has done for North America workers. These are the types of Brothers & Sisters that fought in the trenches in the past, that helped secure our rights today.

Those workers “Rights” are in full retreat with the Value on Display strategy that the Trades have pursued for decades. As we said in last weeks Blog, our Founders are turning over in their graves!

So, what was Coxey’s Army? Coxey’s Army was a protest march by unemployed workers from the United States, led by Ohio businessman Jacob Coxey. They marched on Washington D.C. in 1894, the second year of a four-year economic depression that was the worst in United States history to that time.

The activism which grew directly and indirectly out of the activism of these protestors spawned future civil and labor rights protest in the US.

Coxey’s Army –

The protests of Coxey’s Army are the basis for the Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum. The one watched on TV!

“if you see a good fight – get in it”

Danny L Caliendo
Labor Rising/Labor Combat

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