Bread & Roses Academic Symposium A Great Weekend for Lawrence

Hundreds of people flocked to Lawrence, MA the weekend of April 28th to reflect on the Bread & Roses Strike of 1912. From Iowa, Australia, Lowell, and New Hampshire, symposium attendees enjoyed performances, workshops, panel presentations, and walking tours of the city. AFL-CiO President Richard Trumka gave a passionate keynote speech which connected the strike to the present day. Notable also was the presence of dozens of Lawrence's only remaining union textile workers, members of UNITE HERE New England Joint Board Local 311 and employees of Polartec LLC (formerly Malden Mills).

Kick off the Bread & Roses Symposium with a Little Music!

On Friday night April 27th the Bread & Roses Centennial Committee will be hosting a FREE concert featuring Si Kahn and Charlie King and Karen Brandow.

Visit http://sikahn.com/ for information about Si Kahn

Visit http://www.charlieking.org/ for information on Charlie King and Karen Brandow

Also joining us will be Daniel Ahearn, local poet, who will be sharing his poem "City of Cloth" in addition to poetry read by members of the Robert Frost Foundation.

Final Academic Symposium Schedule for Saturday April 28

The Bread & Roses Academic Symposium program has been finalized. Download the schedule below. Saturday's events will include panels, workshops, a lunchtime keynote by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, walking tours of Lawrence, exhibits, and performances. People from all over the country will be descending on Lawrence for this symposium. The weekend will officially kick off on the night of Friday April 27th at 7pm in the Everett Mill with poetry by local poets and music by Si Kahn.

Registration and accommodation information will be posted shortly.

Remembering Anna LoPizzo

This Sunday marks the 100 year anniversary of the death of Anna LoPizzo. Anna was killed on January 29, 1912, on the corner of Union and Garden Streets. Her death occurred when a shot was fired in a crowd of scuffling strikers and police. LoPizzo, a bystander, was struck in the chest by the bullet and died. Strikers claimed the shot came from police and police accused the strikers. To this day the incident is a mystery (more information available at the online Bread and Roses Centennial Exhibit by clicking "Centennial Exhibit" to the right).

Beginning the march to city hall...

video from the Jan 12th reenactment

Marianne Paley Nadel, Everett Mills

Marianne Paley Nadel, Everett Mills, speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Lawrence History Center's "Short Pay! All Out!"

Robert Forrant, History Professor at UMass Lowell, Chair of the Bread & Roses Centennial Committee

Robert Forrant, History Professor at UMass Lowell, Chair of the Bread & Roses Centennial Committee speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Lawrence History Center's "Short Pay! All Out!".

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, 5th Congressional District

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, 5th Congressional District speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Lawrence History Center's "Short Pay! All Out!"

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