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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Lucy Parsons for her incisive
and cutting criticism of the rich ruling male class in America.

Lucy Parsons
Freedom, Equality & Solidarity
Writings and Speeches, 1878-1937

Lucy Parsons edited by Gale Ahrens (2004) - 183 pages
Lucy Parsons at Amazon.com

More dangerous than a thousand rioters!

That's what the Chicago police called Lucy Parsons - America's most defiant and persistent anarchist agitator, whose cross-country speaking tours inspired hundreds of thousands of working people. Her friends and admirers included William Morris, Peter Kropotkin, "Big Bill" Haywood, Ben Reitman, Sam Dolgoff - and the groups in which she was active were just as varied: the Knights of Labor, IWW, Dil Pickle Club, International Labor Defense, and others. Here for the first time is a hefty selection of her powerful writings and speeches: on anarchism, women, race matters, class war, the IWW, and the U.S. justice system.

"Lucy Parsons's writings are among the best and strongest in the history of the U.S. anarchism. Although written long ago, these texts tackle the major problems of our time… She moved the hearts and minds of the oppressed to organize and to overthrow the oppressor. Her long and often traumatic experience of the capitalist injustice system - from the KKK terror in her youth, through Haymarket and the judicial murder of her husband, to the U.S. government's war on the Wobblies - made her not "just another victim" but an extraordinarily articulate witness to, and vehement crusader against, all injustice. That kind of direct experience gave her credibility, and an actuality, that those who lack such experience just don't have. Lucy Parson's life and writings reflect her true-to-the-bone heroism. Her language sparkles with the love of freedom and the passion of revolt. She embodied the marvelous watchword of poet Jayne Cortez: 'Find your own voice and use it/Use your own voice and find it.'"

"Lucy Parsons's personae and historical role provide material for the making of a truly exemplary figure - not to mention a 'poster girl' - for U.S. radical history. Think of it: a lifelong anarchist, labor organizer, writer, editor, publisher, and dynamic speaker, a woman of color of mixed black, Mexican, and Native American heritage, founder of the 1880s Chicago Working Woman's Union that organized garment workers, called for equal pay for equal work, and even invited housewives to join with the demand of wages for housework; and later (1950) co-founder of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), which made the organizing of women and people of color a priority… The absence of Lucy Parsons's ideas has been a great loss for generations of radicals during the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st. For a better understanding of the concept of direct action and its implications, no other historical figure can match the lessons provided by Lucy Parsons."

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Lucy Parsons
Freedom, Equality & Solidarity
Writings and Speeches, 1878-1937

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Lucy Parsons for her incisive
and cutting criticism of the rich ruling male class in America.