Category Archives: Culture

Button Up! #8 – Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Commemoration

2″ x 3″, 2015 Since the 1970s, when young leftists in the trade union movement began reclaiming the militant history of the American working class, there has been an annual observation of the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire at … Continue reading

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Button Up! #7 – Rock Against Racism

Buttons usually proclaim a slogan or a movement or a group. Sometimes they are event- and even date-specific, but this is usually for a Big March, last fall’s Climate Justice March for instance. Ones used to build small local events … Continue reading

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Button Up! #6 – International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was born as a revolutionary holiday in the early year of the 20th century. Proclaimed by the Socialist International in 1910, it was usually observed as International Working Women’s Day, and became standardized on March 8. In … Continue reading

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Button Up! #5 – Black Lives Matter

Mighty timely! This slogan has come to the fore in the burgeoning mass movement triggered when the people of Ferguson, MO erupted in outraged protest at the police murder of Michael Brown. In the early days of the movement, in … Continue reading

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Official Slogans for Comrade Valentine’s Day 2015

Militant Toilers And Tillers Everywhere: Unite world-wide under the magnificent blood-red banner of revolutionary sex/love unfurled by Comrade Valentine! Uphold in word and practice the Comrade Valentine’s Day slogan spontaneously raised by the broad proletarian masses in North America: Dare … Continue reading

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The Courthouse Raid at Tierra Amarilla: Remembering Reies Lopez Tijerina

We note with sadness the passing of Reies Lopez Tijerina, one of the great leaders of the Chicano movement. We are republishing the following article—originally published in Forward Motion Magazine #59—which discusses the Alianza Federal de Mercedes that he founded, and … Continue reading

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Button Up! #4 – King As Icon

In MLK’s lifetime, this button would have been unthinkable. The NAACP worked with King, of course, but its leaders tended to regard his Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) as jumped-up country preachers trying to supplant the NAACP’s longstanding leadership of … Continue reading

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Button Up! #3 – One for MLK

Here’s a little pinbacked chunk of history for you on Martin Luther King Day. I don’t know who made it, but the message is clear. Early in what was perhaps the most volatile presidential election year since 1860, all the … Continue reading

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Button Up #2: Eric Garner

This is my go-to button when I leave the apartment these days. The July 17 murder of Eric Garner, choked to death by Staten Island cops, was captured on video by a friend of his. When his murderer, Officer Daniel … Continue reading

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Button Up! I Do, And Maybe You Should Too

Introducing a new feature here at for 2015: Button Up. We were going to call it Button of the Day, but “Don’t make promises you can’t keep.” This is the last thing I check on my way out of my … Continue reading

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