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Book presentation and discussion: Anti-racism and trade unions in the USA – past and present

The US-American historian Peter Cole presents the book “Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly” in Göttingen and talks about current developments inside the labor movement in the USA.

Where? Obere-Masch-Str. 10, 37073 Göttingen
When? Thursday 07.07. at 7 pm

In the early twentieth century, when many US unions excluded Black and Asian workers, the grassroots union Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) warmly welcomed people of color, in keeping with their emphasis on class solidarity and their motto: “An Injury to One Is an Injury to All!”

A brilliant union organizer and a humorous orator, Benjamin Fletcher (1890–1949) was a tremendously important member of the IWW. Fletcher helped found and lead Local 8 of the IWW’s Marine Transport Workers Union, unquestionably the most powerful anti-racist union of its era, taking a principled stand against all forms of xenophobia and exclusion.

However, the struggle against racism continues to this day, as demonstrated most recently by the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests originating in the United States. At the same time, a militant trade union movement has developed in the U.S., and Black workers are playing leading roles in current labor struggles such as those of the Amazon Labor Union (ALU). The event will also focus on these current developments.

Following the lecture, we will discuss what can be learned from the historical and current experiences from the USA for anti-racist struggles and labor struggles in other countries.

The lecture will be held in English, translation can be organized spontaneously on site if needed. The event is hosted by the FAU Göttingen and the editorial staff of the journal Sozial.Geschichte Online.

Peter Cole is a professor of history at Western Illinois University in Macomb. He did a lot of research on unionism and is active member of the union American Federation of Teachers.

For Corona prevention please come tested. We also have some rapid tests on site if necessary.

Sozial.Geschichte Online:

Hike in the city forest with lecture on neo-Nazi activities in the Göttingen area

The Black-Red Lynxes (leisure group of the FAU Göttingen) and the Anti-Fascist Education Center and Archive Göttingen (ABAG) invite you to a hike in the Göttingen city forest on Saturday, May 28, starting at 10:45 am.

On the way we will pass places that are connected with local neo-Nazi history – there will be a short lecture by the ABAG. We will also take time for a moment of remembrance for Alex Selchow, who was murdered by Nazis in Rosdorf in 1991. Despite the historical background we will remember, it should also be a beautiful hike – we come together to remember, but also to have a good time together.

We will hike from the Kehr, over Mackenröder Spitze, Kerstlingeröder Feld and back to the Kehr. Please bring suitable shoes, snacks for common breaks and water. The trail is 13km long with slight inclines, there will be breaks with picnics in between. There is also an alternative end if people don’t want to walk the whole way and that is in Mackenrode Landolfshausen (bus connection).

Meeting point is at 10:45 am at Obere-Masch-Straße 10 to get there by bus. Cost for the bus ticket there and back is 4,80€ and can be covered by solidarity if needed. Just let us know beforehand.

Please come vaccinated, recovered or tested. During the hike we pay attention to a responsible cooperation. We are looking forward to seeing you!

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