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 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
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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
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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