Happy Martin Luther King Day; God Bless the Labor Movement

posted by Kaihsu Tai on January 15th, 2007

I have not read MLK‘s autobiography; nor have I read M. K. Gandhi‘s The Story of My Experiments with Truth or Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom.

New Left Review 42 (November/December 2006) is out. Au Loong-Yu of Globalization Monitor said therein: “Chinese peasants can endure a tremendous amount. If they do become violent and burn your property, it is nearly always your fault.”; “Filipinos and Indonesians working in Hong Kong can mobilize in far greater numbers than local Chinese, which is rather shameful.”; and

In my view, supposed gains such as in the case of Wal-Mart are largely meaningless. The All-China Federation of Trade Unions pockets union dues without providing the workforce with any bargaining power. It presents a very convincing façade to organizations such as the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, but does not permit workers to speak freely to foreign delegates. The official unions are not run for the benefit of the workers. Their Western counterparts should really oppose recognition of the ACFTU, and refuse to talk to them unless they allow people independent trade union rights.

JoAnn Wypijewski’s review on Louis Uchitelle’s book Disposable Americans is one of the many articles worth reading, as readers can expect from any issue of NLR.

All this (and today’s committee meeting of the local of my trade union, the University and College Union) reminded me: Our esteemed regular contributor, Adam Neil Maximilian Villani, was in a band that wrote the hymn “God Bless the Labor Movement”. I wonder if I should get permission to reprint it here. I am not praying for the Movement nearly enough!

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  1. On January 15, 2007 at 21:05 Adam (Southern California) said:

    Go ahead, but be sure to credit Fr. Tony Astudillo for the title.

  2. On January 16, 2007 at 10:52 Mike said:

    Via the Wayback Machine, here’s the unofficial Portuguese Sailors fan page I made as a joke back in the day, before my geocities account faded away.

  3. On February 11, 2007 at 03:09 Kaihsu Tai (Oxford, England) said:

    I searched my archive for the hymn but could not find it. Could someone else please scan and post? Cheers.

  4. On November 21, 2007 at 11:07 Kaihsu Tai (Oxford, England) said:

    The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions is now the International Trade Union Confederation.