Today in Labor History – March 21st

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3,200 people began the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest racial violence. Earlier efforts to hold the march had failed when police attacked demonstrators and a while minister was fatally beaten by a group of Selma whites. The five-day walk ended March 26, when 20,000 people joined the marchers in front of the Alabama state Capitol in Montgomery. Soon after, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – 1965

Day 2 (3?) of the national wildcat postal strike. In New York, an effigy of Gus Johnson, president of the letter carriers’ union local, was hung at a meeting and the national union leaders were called “rats” & “creeps.” Despite the anti-strike clause in the postal workers contract and federal injunctions against striking, postal workers walked out in over 200 cities – 1970

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