Dennis Gallie is a retired rank-and-file labor activist, interested in the struggle for peace, and against patriarchy, white supremacy, and global imperialism. I retired from Ford Motor Company in 2011 after 21 years as an assembler. I have been a steelworker, autoworker, and computer programmer. My education is in Economics, with bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, and master’s from Washington University in St Louis. I originally abandoned the office for the shop in order to try to sway the organized labor movement in a revolutionary direction. I have lately concluded that this is a fool’s errand, and that we have to start again from scratch, with independent shop-floor and office committees. My primary areas of research and activism are at the intersection of patriarchy and capitalism, centering on worker self-activity, anti-racism, and the economics of production and reproduction.
The Virden, Illinois Race Riot was an example of the combination of labor and racial violence in the late 19th and early 20th Century United States. Following a United Mine Workers (UMW) national coal strike in 1897, a new 40-cents-per-ton rate was agreed on by … Read MoreVirden, Illinois Race Riot (1898)