Happy Birthday Emiliano Zapata - August 8, 1879 


7’ x 10’ Banner for Kaolin Mushroom Workers Strike/ Kennett Square, PA/ 1993/ by Mike Alewitz

“The calloused hands of the fields and of the factories must clasp in fraternal salute, because truly we workers are invincible, we are the force and we are the right. We are tomorrow.” - Emiliano Zapata



May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965

“I’m not a Democrat, I’m not a Republican, and I don’t even consider myself an American…I’m speaking as a victim of this American system. I see America through the eyes of the victim. I don’t see an American dream, I see an American nightmare…They have got a con game going on, a political con game and you and I are in the middle. It’s time for you and me to wake up and start looking at it like it is, and then we can deal with it like it is…” - Malcolm X

Banner by Mike Alewitz/ 4’ x 10’/ 1988 

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Happy Birthday SOJOURNER TRUTH – 11/18/1787

“I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman?”

Image: Sojourner Truth by Mike Alewitz
Detail, Mural Commissioned for the Puffin Gallery of Social Activism
Museum of the City of New York
(Work in Progress)

Speech Delivered 1851 at the Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio:

Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that ‘twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what’s all this here talking about?

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it? [member of audience whispers, “intellect”] That’s it, honey. What’s that got to do with women’s rights or negroes’ rights? If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?

Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ‘cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain’t got nothing more to say.

Judge to Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: “Do you expect to convert people to socialism by talking on Broadway? 

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Age 15, to Judge: “Indeed I do.”

(August 7, 1890 – September 5, 1964)

Agitator, feminist, unionist, wobbly jawsmith, communist. Joe Hill wrote Rebel Girl for Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

Puppet by CWAC
Banner by Mike Alewitz

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