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From Hammer and Hoe to #BAmazonUnion: A Conversation with Dr. Robin Kelley
Join Dr. Robin DG Kelley, author of “Hammer and Hoe: Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression" and Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at U.C.L.A. to discuss the history and significance of the BAmazon Union struggle led by majority Black workers in Bessemer, Alabama who are taking on Amazon and fighting for a union.

Alabama — particularly the Birmingham-Bessemer area — has a centuries-old tradition of Black-led organizing against enslavement, racist land seizures, Jim Crow racism, prison-convict labor, segregation laws and Ku Klux Klan violence. Within living memory of the Amazon workers and their families is their starkly dedicated struggle against white-supremacist assassinations and bombings of Black churches and homes during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

In 1990, Dr. Robin D.G. Kelley published the phenomenal book “Hammer and Hoe: The Alabama Communist Party 1928-1951,” documenting the 23-year history of the Alabama Communist Party, a chapter of the Communist Party USA.
Formed and molded by Black sharecroppers and laborers such as Black revolutionary Hosea Hudson, the ACP went above and beyond fighting for the rights of laborers and workers, Black and white, to the rights to housing, food and equal pay.

Join the Support Alabama Amazon Union campaign as we discuss this rich history of struggle, the growing solidarity events on March 20th in solidarity with Bessemer workers, and how we can continue to grow this movement!

Learn more about building March 20th solidarity actions at supportamazonworkers.org.

Mar 16, 2021 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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