From a Facebook post by: MLK Day Manitowoc
The thought police attacking critical thinking and historical truth in public schools and elsewhere don’t want unity and solidarity between and among our multinational working class because they know our power and thus want to keep us divided.
Over the decades in Manitowoc (as in many cities in Wisconsin), tens of thousands of union members have benefited from the multinational power of their respective national unions (AFSCME, Carpenters, Machinists, Newspaper Guild, Steelworkers etc.). Women and LGBTQ workers have benefited immensely from worker solidarity as have workers of color and white workers as well (https://www.epi.org/publication/briefingpapers_bp143/).
This union power was often connected to the Family Farm Defenders, the Wisconsin Farmers Union and other rural and semi-rural progressive organizations. When workers in Wisconsin have been on strikes for example it’s been their fellow union members and other worker supporters from Detroit and from other cities all over the country assisting them and their families – not the rich and their servants. And this working people power extended to non-union workers too as they often benefited from the uplift of wages, hours and working conditions won by union workers.
This all benefited our community in numerous ways including having safe, clean and available public services such as parks and libraries. This is the kind of historical and present day truth the thought police don’t want us to know so we can’t be inspired by each other as workers to build a better world.
In Wisconsin, we are fortunate to have a deep poor and working people history that has won our unions and much more and this is documented in numerous ways in a variety of historical societies and libraries.