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The November-December Edition of Solidarity Magazine is now online!

On December 12, 1921, on the deep frozen plains of Kansas, almost 6,000 women marched to 63 mines in southeast Kansas to protest the treatment of miners. Some were pregnant, others carried small children. They all felt no choice but to raise their voices to the injustices faced by their husbands, fathers and brothers in the mines. The press called them the “Amazon Army” and along the way they faced the machine guns of the state militia. The deputized men shot at them, but still they marched. Newspapers called them “unwomanly.” Kansas Governor Henry Allen’s declared that "the Kansas government does not intend to surrender to their... female relatives." They were led by Mary Skubitz who had immigrated to Kansas from Slovenia when she was three. In fact, the mine workers were wildly diverse – the 8000 unionized miners came from 50 different countries. Mary’s son Joe would grow up to serve Kansas for 16 years in Congress as a Republican (1963-1978) and was instrumental in passing legislation to help mine workers. Their plan was simple: They armed themselves with American flags and red pepper flakes which they planed to throw into the eyes of union scabs. They would sing patriotic songs and at one mine, they unfurled a giant flag and “dared any man to drive over it.” The National Guard arrived on December 15 and the march effectively ended, but not before 49 of them were arrested. In the end, they shut down the mines in Kansas for three days. But their actions inspired man, including Mother Jones who called for more women to “Go out and raise hell.” #UnionHistory #PROUAW ... See MoreSee Less

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