In this Labor Day special, erstwhile mole and guest host Norm Diamond talks with three young labor historians who integrate environmental and gender concerns into their writing and their activism. Heather Mayer is the author of the just-published book, Beyond the Rebel Girl: Women and the Industrial Workers of the World in the Pacific Northwest, 1905-1924. Steven Beda, at the U of Oregon, researches the environmental and political history of rural working class communities in our region, with special attention to logging communities. Amy Coplen is a Ph.D student at PSU, studying and participating in organizing among Portland’s food service workers, with a focus on the Burgerville campaign and so-called “progressive” employers. Their conversation found themes in common in their work: the importance and danger of building a culture different from that which predominates; the role of community in labor struggles; the difference between “progressive” and radical approaches to organizing and social change. In addition, this episode includes a Movie Mole review of The Young Karl Marx.
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