MINE-MILL:  MILITANT ADVOCATE FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND JUSTICE

 

The International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers -- as had its immediate predecessor, the Western Federation of Miners before it -- and as did its extremely close relative, the Industrial Workers of the World, crusaded militantly and effectively in a consistently hard-hitting fashion on a wide range of critical social justice frontiers in both the United States and Canada.

Mine-Mill's consistently unwavering record in fighting for racial equality and justice was absolutely exemplary.

This from The Mine-Mill Steward:  A Manual for Shop Stewards and Committeemen:

 

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Free Our Hand -- a speech  (issued by IUMMSW as a widely distributed pamphlet),  given by Asbury Howard, then a Bessemer, Alabama based  Mine-Mill Regional Director,  at the Union's International Convention, Nogales, Arizona, September 13, 1951.  Asbury Howard, a pioneer Black civil rights activist and iron miner, later became Eastern Vice-President of IUMMSW.  He was a man of great courage -- living and working for human rights and militant, democratic unionism in one of the toughest and most repressive parts of the world:   Alabama.

 

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