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New Haymarket statue controversy - next Labor Beat

When the unveiled the latest statue to preside over Haymarket Square, the Illinois Labor History Society and the CFL invited the Fraternal Order of Police to speak, but not a single anarchist. It was all downhill from there. Cablecast details below
Trainwreck of Ideologies Part 2 - Historical Spin
(The sequel to the popular Trainwreck of Ideologies)

Thanks to a deal among the City of Chicago, the Police Dept., the Chicago Federation of Labor, and the Illinois Labor History Society, the theme of the new statue at Haymarket Square is not about class struggle, but about “free speech.”

At the surreal ceremony introducing this faceless, neutered affront to labor history, the Chicago Federation of Labor and the Fraternal Order of Police were both present. In fact, the CFL’s Dennis Gannon explained that nowadays the basic differences between labor and the police hardly matter any more. Gannon then, giving him a hug, introduced Mark Donohue, his old high school chum and now President of the Fraternal Order of Police. The event's organizers made sure that Officer Donohue got to speak, but no anarchist was invited to address the official ceremony.

Labor Beat’s “Trainwreck of Ideologies, Part II: Historical Spin” documents the ideological chasm between Chicago-area anarchists and the hosts of this disgraceful event. 30 minutes.

CAPTION: A politically neutered stick-figured affront to the real history of the Haymarket affair.

PHOTO CREDIT: M. Conlisk/Labor Beat


“Trainwreck of Ideologies Part 2”
Cablecast on CAN TV, cable Channel 19 in Chicago
Thurs., March 24, 9:30 pm
Fri., March 25, 4:30 pm
Thurs., March 31, 9:30 pm
Fri., April 1, 4:30 pm

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