Tag Archives: labor history

Ypsilanti’s most despicable son, Harry Bennett

In advance of the release of The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War, which is set to hit bookstores on Tuesday, Salon.com is running a salacious excerpt on the questionable activities of Ford enforcer, and notorious Ypsilanti resident, Harry Bennett. Here’s a taste. Henry Ford was […]

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The Untold History of Zines…. Pete “Dishwasher Pete” Jordan on Dishwasher

In an attempt to better document the American underground press, or at least the sharp, tiny sliver of it that worked its way through the gristle surrounding my heart 20-some years ago, I’ve given myself the task of reaching out to all of the zine publishers that I know, and asking them how they found […]

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Making seed bombs with the awesome kids of Ypsi Middle School, and plotting to bring Billy Bragg to our May Day celebration

I skipped breakfast this morning and headed over with Jeff Clark to make seed bombs with 7th and 8th graders at Ypsi Middle School. It was an incredible experience. The kids were enthusiastic, inquisitive, and just all-around awesome. And, thanks to their hard work, we now have over 500 seed bombs prepared for Wednesday’s big […]

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Jack Lessenberry to visit Ypsilanti and answer the question, “What does right-to-work mean for Michigan?”

Tomorrow evening, at Ypsilanti’s Corner Brewery, celebrated Detroit journalist Jack Lessenberry will be hosting a panel discussion on Michigan’s newly passed anti-union (“right-to-work”) legislation, and how it will likely impact working Michiganders, their employers, and the financial prospects of the state. There’s scant information available online, but a friend who works for Michigan Radio tells […]

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Someone should tell Governor Snyder that a “perfect storm” isn’t generally considered a good thing

The state of Michigan took out an incredibly-costly full-page ad in today’s Wall Street Journal, proudly announcing to the world not only that we’ve officially joined the likes of Alabama and Mississippi in becoming a so-called “right-to-work” state, but that we’ve finally put the embarrassing pro-labor legacy of the The Battle of the Overpass behind […]

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