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1919 Winnipeg General Strike Conference
May 9 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 pm$75 – $125
MAY 8-11, 2019 | UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG | Winnipeg, MB
The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 was a landmark moment in North American working-class history. In May and June that year, over 30,000 workers ceased work for six weeks. Provoked by the inequities of industrial capitalism, the authoritarianism of their workplaces, the brutal experiences of the First World War, rising prices and stagnating wages, an insecure economic outlook, intransigent employers, and a federal state that responded to their demands with growing repression, the city’s workers stood together in an astounding display of unity. This was also an era filled with hope; the horrors of industrialization and militarism encouraged many to think of ways of constructing a better world. The combination of anger and hope was infectious. In 1919, Winnipeg workers displayed an inspiring unity, facing hunger, threats of permanent dismissal and blacklisting, and violence at the hands of authorities, most notably in the vicious assault they unleashed on “Bloody Saturday,” killing two workers and injuring many more.
A century later, as we desire to understand and commemorate these events, we can’t help but be struck by continuities – so many of the themes of 1919 continue to confront us today:
- Poverty and the Fight for a Material Resistance: The Fight for a Better Life
- Building an Inclusive Labour Movement: Solidarity across Boundaries
- Making Labour as a Social Force & Political Movement: Building a Working-Class Alternative
For details on location, please visit event website: https://1919-2019.com/conference-program/