Peter Cole is a Professor of History at Western Illinois University and Research Associate in the Society, Work and Development Program at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the author of Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive Era Philadelphia and the award-winning Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area. He also is the founder and co-director of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Project (CRR19). He tweets from @ProfPeterCole.
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The Great Black Radical You've Never Heard Of
Militant labor organizer Ben Fletcher, in his own words.
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The Most Radical Union in the U.S. Is Shutting Down the Ports on Juneteenth
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Dockworkers Show Us How Unions Can Be a Powerful Force Against Racism
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Martin Luther King Jr. Was a Union Man
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Don’t Like War? Then Don’t Work! Remembering When Dockworkers Shut Down the Ports on May Day
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These Dockworkers Just Showed the Labor Movement How to Shut Down Fascists
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Want to Stop Trump? Take a Page From These Dockworkers, and Stop Work
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Martin Luther King Was Assassinated On This Day in 1968—While Fighting For Unions
Culture
A New Documentary Explores the Anti-Apartheid Activists in South Africa You Never Learned About
A new film project explores a long-forgotten chapter in the global struggle against apartheid.
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Who Built the Golden Gate Bridge? New Book Tells Bridge Workers’ Stories
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When America Was Overcome with Anti-Japanese Xenophobia During WWII, One Union Fought Back
Viewpoint
After the Confederate Flags Come Down, Everything Named After Nathan Bedford Forrest Should Be Next
The Confederate general and KKK "grand wizard" belongs on the short list of the most vile white supremacists in American history. Yet parks and monuments in his name can be found throughout the South.
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Dylann Roof’s Rhodesian, South African Flags Symbolize White Supremacy. So Does the Confederate Flag
That a racist mass murderer would embrace of the three flags should end the debates about whether or not the Confederate flag can mean anything other than racism.
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This Small Town Shows Why The Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Be A Disaster For American Workers
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On May Day, Longshore Workers Stop Work to Protest Racist Police Brutality
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Why Jesus “Chuy” Garcia Should Look to Anton Cermak’s Chicago Mayoral Campaign for Inspiration
The parallels between Cermak and Garcia—and Chicago's political moment in the 1930s and now—are striking.
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San Francisco’s LaborFest Looks to Occupy The Past, Present and Future