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- June 1, 2019 | 3:00 PM123 N Church St, Belleville, IL 62220, USA
- May 11, 2019 | 11:30 PM1263 Lincoln Dr, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
- November 2, 2019 | 12:00 AM4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL 60630, USA
- Meeting with Chicago Monuments Committee
Yesterday we had a heartening meeting with leaders of the Chicago Monuments Committee. Bill Fraher of our committee was also present, but not pictured above. In the last year, the turmoil over statues and representation placed a delay in gaining approval for the location of our Mother Jones Chicago statue. Now there is a new process , in which have to prove our support. You can help us. Our team made the case that 1. The statue presents an opportunity to invite Chicagoans to reevaluate the way they see themselves by recalling this city’s history from below—the history of immigrants, the history of women, the history of labor. 2. Mother Jones speaks to this pandemic moment. Mother Jones, a plague survivor, argued that no one should be left behind. She elevated the role of immigrants, women, African-Americans, and workers from all places and believed that those at the bottom had the potential to transform society. 3. Mother Jones’s story is not only a story of the past, it a story of the present and the future--a global city that should have a symbol of those who build the city from the ground up. 4. The Mother Jones Chicago Statue Committee is composed of Chicagoland residents. 5. We have significant fundraising accomplished, with a wide range of endorses and donors, from construction trades, Irish, women, teachers, service workers. 6. We have 2 talented & committed female artists. (see statue page) They let us know that they were impressed with the coalition we have built to win a prominent location. Our committee was thankful to be joined by Don Villar, secretary-treasurer of the Chicago Federation of Labor. Yesterday, the formal process and website was announced. We are getting closer, folks. Help us. 1) Make your endorsement today. Let the City of Chicago know that you support this project. 2) Donations are a tell-tale sign of support for this project. . Please donate. We appreciate all of our donations so far, that have ranged from $5 to 10,000. Every donation counts. We will be launching the donations and endorsements lists on our page--more to come!
- Marty Walsh, the Department of Labor Nominee, and Mother Jones
Marty Walsh, the Mayor of Boston, has been nominated by President-elect Biden for Secretary of Labor. Marty Walsh is a fan of Mother Jones. He is one of a small number since William B. Wilson, the mineworker who was appointed to that office by Woodrow Wilson, who was from the working class. His letter in support of our sister-project in Cork, Ireland, (below) is a testament to that. In late 2013, Ger O'Mahony of the Cork Spirit of Mother Festival asked me for ideas for speakers to bring to the festival. They didn't have much available funding, so I knew I had to find someone with a strong commitment to public history. That was James Green. James Green's work on mine workers and Mother Jones went back to his first major book, Grass-Roots Socialism: Radical Movements in the Southwest, 1895--1943. It extended to his work his then not yet published The Devil is Here in these Hills: West Virginia Coal Miners and their Battle for Freedom, which was later turned into the two-hour documentary The Mine Wars. Jim jumped at the opportunity, and even offered to do it at no cost to the festival, if necessary. He reminded me that since his days in Warwick, England studying with the late great E. P. Thompson, (Making of the English Working Class) he had a deep commitment to the History Workshop style connections between past and present. That was exactly what Cork was trying to do. Jim came to the festival in the summer of 2014, and gave one of the keynote talks. It was fabulous, but before he began, he presented this letter on behalf of Marty Walsh: Above: James Green at Shandon during the 2014 Spirit of Mother Jones Festival in Cork. Photo from https://motherjonescork.com/tag/james-green/ Green had a long relationship with Walsh, because of his labor history trade union education programs at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. At the time Green urged me to write something about the 2014 festival, saying it was a great representation of the kind of commitments he and I shared to public history of labor. I never did, because at the time I was so busy trying to get the Mother Jones Museum going. Jim told me that what Cork was doing was a model for all of us, and better than anything the History Workshop radicals had done in the 1960s and 1970s. Then Jim Green died in 2015; it was a tragic loss to our labor history community. I thought of Jim Green today, and know how excited he would have been at Walsh's nomination. He would be wondering if the spirit of Mother Jones and labor history in general might have a small role in a future Department of Labor agenda. This led me to remember that in 1935, Frances Perkins brought in a bust of Mother Jones to the newly erected Department of Labor building. Amidst discussions of the possibility of new labor law (the Wagner Act) the sculpture, which had been finished in 1923 to great fanfare (I'll do a future story on it) by the famous sculptor, Jo Davidson, was brought to the august entry-ways of the halls of power by Perkins. Frances Perkins had been signally affected by the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911, and was among the most progressive appointments ever made by Roosevelt, who we must remember, was not very progressive on issues of labor. FDR had threatened to veto the Wagner Act before it was clear that mass unrest and the most progressive Congress in the history of the US would be able to override the veto. Above: Department of Labor staffer Agnes Johnson proudly poses with a bust of Mother Jones. Photograph from our collections. During the administration of Ronald Reagan, the bust went missing. Maybe it was a sign of the times. I tried to track down the bust, and discovered a little of what had happened to it, especially with our board member Saul Schniderman's help. It remains in storage. With the Wagner Act and workers power through the law at an all-time low, we have, through our collective project with Cork, struggled to remember the past and its resonance with the present. We hope Marty Walsh will remember that, too.
- Mother Jones Died 90 years ago
Ninety years ago, Mother Jones died at the little farmhouse in Maryland where she had been cared for by Lillian Burgess. Newspapers across the U.S. and the globe carried articles about her. The one below is from Milwaukee Leader. Almost all of them credited her Irish background as part of explanation for the flame of her life and spirit. In Chicago, the President of the Chicago Federation of Labor, John Fitzpatrick, was executor of her will, and set about making plans for what would become one of the largest funerals in Illinois history up to that time. Ed Nockels, the secretary-treasurer of the Chicago Federation of Labor, was designated as Chicago's leader to oversee the arrangements for the funeral in Washington, D..C., where leaders of the labor movement and even President Hoover's Secretary of Labor and other government officials paid homage at St. Gabriel's Church. John Walker, her old friend who had organized with her in West Virginia in 1901, now leader of the Illinois mine workers, was in charge of arranging the second funeral for her in Mt. Olive, the small mining town. Jones had stayed with Walker in Springfield many many times whenever she travelled through Illinois in the period from 1905-1925. Nockels, Fitzpatrick, and Walker were the lead for the entourage that brought Jones' casket from Washington, D.C. to Illinois. They arranged for 4 rank-and-file miners from Illinois to accompany the body: Mark Mason of Tovey (near Springfield), William M. Burton of Herrin (southern Illinois), Charles Leveque of Springfield, and Hans Hanson of Mt. Olive. On the trip from Washington DC to Illinois, the train stopped at locations where people rushed forward to pay their respects. When the Baltimore & Ohio train pulled into St. Louis' Union station late in the day of December 4, hundreds of people greeted and piled onto the train to touch the casket, remarking how much she had affected their lives. For four more days afterward, thousands of people came to Mt. Olive to pay their respects. It had been Adolph Germer, a Socialist Party official and UMWA militant at the time who persuaded Jones, over a glass of beer in Belleville, Illinois to be buried in Mt. Olive with the rank-and-file miners. Jones had gotten to know Germer in the Colorado Coalfield War, which he helped to lead as a militant leader of the Illinois UMWA. Germer had played a major role in organizing the regular commemorations at Union Miners Cemetery, but he lived in Belleville after 1906. East St. Louis and Belleville was on a main railroad line from St. Louis, and she regularly stayed with him, and stopped in on the East St. Louis offices of the UMWA on her travels across the nation. Together with Germer and other labor officials, Jones went to the cemetery and selected her resting place across from the rank-and-file miners who had died at the hands of hired mercenaries in the Illinois mine wars. As Mt. Olive became a center of opposition to John L. Lewis' authoritarian leadership, which she feared would destroy the chance of the union being a force for social transformation, she came to Mt. Olive in 1923 to speak at the October 12 commemorations of the rank-and-file miners who died in the Virden Massacre, (the only time I have found that she actually stopped there, though the miners were thrilled with her visit). Later in Chicago, she wrote her formal request and had it legally added to her arrangements with John Fitzpatrick. (See letter below, which describes Virden as hilly, another clear indication that she had never been to that flat prairie town.)
- Mother Jones | Mother Jones Museum | United States
Learn More Who was Mother Jones? When Mother Jones was mocked as the “grandmother of all agitators,” in the U.S. Senate, she replied that she would someday like to be called “the great-grandmother of all agitators.” Born Mary Harris in Cork Ireland in 1837, she was an immigrant refugee who lost her entire family in a pandemic, then lost everything in the Chicago Fire of 1871. She became a rebel for justice, and became known simply as "Mother Jones," the mother of the working class. An icon of labor history, she organized against child labor, for workers rights, and helped to shape a spirit of civil disobedience in the cause of justice. Mother Jones believed that a workers movement would replace “this moneyed civilization with a higher and grander civilization for the ages to come.” To learn more, including a short documentary about her, see : Who was Mother Jones? Chicago Mother Jones Statue Campaign Statue Campaign Recent Blogs Meeting with Chicago Monuments Committee Write a comment 1 Marty Walsh, the Department of Labor Nominee, and Mother Jones Write a comment Mother Jones Died 90 years ago Write a comment #StrikeforOurLivesUIC: Mother Jones on the Line with SEIU 73 & Illinois Nurses Association Write a comment Lindsay Hand's Art Brings Fannie Sellins Spirit to Life Write a comment 1 Our Chicago Sun-Times OP-ED for Mother Jones Statue Write a comment
- Statue Campaign | MotherJonesMuseum
Mother Jones Chicago Statue Campaign Why a Mother Jones Statue Donate to the Statue Campaign Meet our Team Why A Mother Jones Chicago Statue The government of Ireland seeded this project with $36,000 grant. We need to raise a total of $200,000. Please give generously. We have applied for locations on Wacker, near Michigan, but have not officially been granted a permit. We have support from Alderman Brendan Reilly for this project. Imagine, "Let's meet at the Mother Jones statue!" There are few statues of women historical figures in the city of Chicago. Let's put this iconic Irish immigrant refugee and founder of the American labor movement--the Mother of the working class--on a statue in the city she called home. Make a Tax Deductible Donation to the Statue Campaign We are a 501-c-3, so your donation is charitable. Target amount: $200,000 Donation Form send checks to: Mother Jones Statue Fund, Wintrust Bank, 4343 W. Peterson Avenue, Chicago IL 60646 Meet our Donors Complete Endorser and Donor List Checks: Mother Jones Statue Fund, Wintrust Bank, 4343 W. Peterson Avenue, Chicago IL 60646 Checks with correspondence: send to Mother Jones Statue Fund, 630 Joanne Lane, DeKalb, Illinois, 60115. Meet our Sculptors Meet our sculptors, Kathleen Farrell and Kathleen Scarboro, whose work will convey the power of Mother Jones. Learn about their approach and past projects. Meet our Honorary Co-Chairs Daniel Mulhall, Ireland's Ambassador to the United States Cecil Roberts, President of the United Mine Workers of America Sarah Nelson, President, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Terry O'Sullivan, Laborers' International of North America Meet our Statue Committee Members
- Statue Endorsers | MotherJonesMuseum
Endorsers - Chicago Statue Campaign Thanks to all who have donated & endorsed the Mother Jones Chicago Statue project. We are half-way there! Add your name today. Endorse this campaign Donate to the Statue Campaign Our Endorsers Musicians Women's Unions Irish Political Attorneys Historians Grassroots Rodrick Dixon & Alfreda Burke, World-renowned singers of opera, jazz, gospel “Mother Jones is a great ambassador for our city. Her story rings the bells of freedom, justice, equity and equality for all. . . . Her time has come for this recognition and many in years to come will enjoy learning about her contributions” Musicians Tom Morello Rich Daniels, Music Director, City Lights Orchestra 20th Century Fox TV/Empire/Ordinary Joe Senior Board Member, Chicago Federation of Musicians Catherine O'Connell, Irish Singer and Recording Artist Rodrick Dixon,Tenor & Alfreda Burke, Soprano World-renowned Singers of Opera, Jazz, and Gospel, Liz Carroll, Irish American Musician Fiddler and Composer Sean P. Ryan, Irish Traditional Musician Katie Grennan, Irish Fiddle and Arts Educator Women’s Organizations Working Women’s History Project American Association University Women, Chicago Branch Coalition of Labor Union Women, Pres. Katie Jordan League of Women Voters, Chicago Branch Chicago Women Take Action Chicago Women in the Trades , Ex. Dir. Jayne Vellinga Chicago Women Take Action, Pres. Caroline Gibbons Coalition of Labor Union Women, Southwestern Pennsylvania On behalf of SWPA CLUW we stand in Solidarity with those that support a statue to recognize Mother Jones, a champion for the working class. We are forever grateful of the sacrifices she made. Her legacy has made every woman leader strive for excellence in the Labor Movement. Chicago Women Take Action, Jackie Grimshaw, Chair Supporting women who make a difference in peoples lives is what we espouse. Recognizing Mother Jones in downtown Chicago would make locals and visitors alike aware of her contribution to those in need. Chicago Women's History Center, Mary Ann A. Johnson, President I whole heartedly endorse the effort to establish a statue in Chicago commemorating the important work and legacy of the fearless agitator for worker's rights, Mother Jones. Recognizing that the representation of women's contributions to Chicago are almost non-existent it is imperative that we immediately begin to correct this glaring omission. A statue honoring Mother Jones, placed in a central location in the city, will be help to elevate the often overlooked but essential histories of women, immigrants, workers, and ethnic groups and their contributions to our city. Organizations Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee Judy Ancel, Cross Border Network "We need many statues of her across the nation to inspire future Mother Joneses." Pennsylvania Labor History Society Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education, Chicago, Pres. Daniel Lopez Ph.D. “Honoring an immigrant woman who chose to lead a nontraditional life, different from the gender expectations of her day, has a special resonance as we see women continue to make strides and take center stage in the life of the nation. ” Irish & Irish-American Individuals & Endorsers Ireland's Consulate for Chicago and the Midwest Cork Spirit of Mother Jones Festival Irish American Heritage Center Austin Kelly, Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Committee Mary Pat Kelly Author and Filmmaker , , I Galway Bay Of Irish Blood rish Above All, Proud: the USS Mason, Martin Scorsese: A Journey “Cork-born Mary Harris “Mother” Jones embodied the feminine energy that shaped Ireland generation after generation and remade America. From the Iron Age Queen Maeve through the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley right up to Presidents Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese, Irish women lead – intrepid, unafraid, there – they stand up for the poor and marginalized. They survive. Mother Jones endured unimaginable personal loss – the death of her husband and three children – and went forth in their names to fight for justice. She chose Chicago as her base and now will be with us forever.” Kathy Cowan, Singer, Teacher, Actor “The world is a better place because of her fortitude, bravery and loving-kindness. Mother Jones deserves to be recognized by the city of Chicago with a statue. Thank you.” Therese M. Boyle, retired school psychologist Rev. Tom Hurley Pastor, Old St. Patrick’s Church, Chicago, IL Jim Houlihan, retired Cook County official Unions United Mine Workers of America, Cecil Roberts President Sara Nelson, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Chicago Teachers Union #1, Pres Jessie Sharkey, VP Stacy Davis Gates United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers #11, Gary Menzel, Pres/ Business Manager: "Bringing a statue of a champion of labor to the City of Broad Shoulders is only fitting in the 21st. century. To have a statue of Mother Jones who was a voice for labor attached to the city of Chicago would let everyone know that Chicago was built by the working class." Bakery, Confectionary Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union, Antony L. Shelton, Pres. Illinois Education Association, Pres. Kathy Griffin International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Council #1, Pres James Allen Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council Laborers International of North America, Pres. Terence O’Sullivan Painters District Council #1, Pres James Spiros Plumbers Local 130, Pres James Coyne International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134, Pres Don Finn International Union of Operating Engineers #150 United Auto Workers Region 4, Ronald D. McInroy, Director United Steelworkers Sub-district 1, Director Anthony Alfano Teamsters Joint Council 25, Pres. Terrence Hancock The Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208, Pres. Terry Jares Service Employees International Union Healthcare IL/IN/MO/KS, Pres Greg Kelley Sheet Metal Workers Local 73, Raymond Suggs, Pres & Bus. Mgr Sprinkler Fitters & Apprentices Union Local no. 281, Bus. Mgr Thomas M. Collins Carl Rosen, United Electrical, Radio, Machine Workers Mother Jones is more than overdue for recognition by the City of Chicago. A prominent monument for her is an important part of telling the history of the working class, the labor movement and women in Chicago. Political Leaders Alderman Brendan Reilly, 1st ward Alderman Susan Sadlowski Garza, 10th Ward Alderman Matt O'Shea, 19th ward Alderman Michael D. Rodriguez, 22nd Ward Alderman Samantha Nugent , 39th ward Alderman Andre Vazquez, 40th ward Alderman Matt Martin, 47th ward State Representative Lindsay LaPoint , 19th district Senator Antonio Munoz, 1st district, Assistant Senate Majority John Cullerton, Retired Illinois State Senate President Attorneys Thomas Geoghegan, Depres, Schwartz and Geoghegan, Ltd. Anne Davis Michael Schorsch, Esq. Robert E. Lehrer Law Offices, Robert E. Lahrer Al Domanskis Boodell and Domanskis, LLC John Moran The Moran Group Susan G. Feibus Law Offices of Susan G. Feibus Julia Nowicki Judge (ret) Cook County Circuit Court Robert Cohen Patrick E. Deady Hogan and Marren Ltd. Stephen B. Goldberg Northwestern School of Law Dan Morrissey Mike Kralovec Susan Gzesh, Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnik and Dym Tom Allison Allison, Slutsky, and Kennedy, ret. Joseph E. Tilson, Esq. F. Thomas Hecht Matt Martin, Alderman, 47th ward Thomas Anthony Durkin, Durkin & Roberts Denise DeBelle, Law Offices of Denise M. DeBelle Sign the attorneys' endorsement Endorsements Historians David Roediger, University of Kansas Eric Foner, Columbia University Michelle Nickerson, Loyola University Chicago Tim Gilfoyle, Loyola University Chicago Timothy Spears, Middlebury College Susan Schulten, University of Denver Robert Orsi, Northwestern University Carl Smith, Northwestern University Alessandro Portelli, University of Rome La Sapienza Zeese Papanicolas, San Francisco Art Institute Patrick Miller Northeastern Illinois University Bruce Levine, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana "A crucial figure in the history of Illinois and working people nationally. " Brad Hunt, Loyola University Chicago Lynn Dumenil, Occidental College Susan Ware, General Editor, Dictionary of American Biography Alice Kessler-Harris, Columbia University Kevin Boyle, Northwestern University Fred Hoxie, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Laura Edwards, Princeton University Marcus Rediker, Univerty of Pittsburgh James Barrett, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Julie Greene, University of Maryland Norman S. Cohen, Occidental College Sheyda Jahanbani, University of Kansas Thomas Jundt, Collegiate Prep School, NYC Sean Dinces, Long Beach Community College Will Jones, University of Minnesota Dana Rabin, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Emily E. LB. Twarog, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Erik McDuffie, History and Af-Am Studies, U of Illinois Michael D. Innis-Jimenez, University of Alabama Robert D. Johnston, University of Illinois, Chicago Tikia K. Hamilton, Loyola University Chicago Erik Gellman, University of North Carolina John D’Emilio, University of Illinois, Chicago Jeffrey Helgeson, Texas State University Kevin M. Schulz, University of Illinois, Chicago Daniel Graff, University of Notre Dame Brad Hunt, Loyola University Chicago Joseph Bigott, Purdue University Northwest Rosemary Feurer, Northern Illinois University Steven K Ashby, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Elizabeth S. Todd-Breland, University of Illinois, Chicago Nancy Maclean, Duke University Antoinette M. Burton, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Gabe Winant, University of Chicago Christina Groeger, Lake Forest College Jonathan Levy, University of Chicago Amy Dru Stanley, University of Chicago Peter Cole, Western Illinois University Marcia Walker-McWilliams, UChicago, Black Metropolis Consortium Dominic Pacyga, Columbia College Ellen Skerrett, Independent Scholar Suellen Hoy, Notre Dame University Walter T.K. Nugent, Notre Dame University Bill Savage, Northwestern University Erin McCarthy, Columbia College Carlo Rotella, Boston College Ann Keating, North Central College William Sites, University of Chicago Elliott Gorn, Loyola University Chicago Kathryn Oberdeck, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Cathy Cohen, University of Chicago David Bates, Concordia University, Chicago Ted Karamanski, Loyola University Chicago Gema Santamaria, Loyola University Chicago Benjamin Johnson, Loyola University Chicago Susan Hirsch, Loyola University Chicago Lewis Erenberg, Loyola University Chicago Robert Bucholz, Loyola University Chicago Tanya Stabler, Loyola University Chicago Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Loyola University Chicago Andrew Wilson, Loyola University Chicago Patricia Mooney-Melvin, Loyola University Chicago Amy Tyson, DePaul University Tobias Higbie, University of California Los Angeles, Coleen Doody, DePaul University Miles Harvey, DePaul University Rene Luis Alverez, Loyola University Chicago John Donoghue, Loyola University Chicago Deborah Cohen, Northwestern University Trude Jacobsen, Northern Illinois University E. Taylor Atkins, Northern Illinois University Kristin Huffine, Northern Illinois University Beatrix Hoffman, Northern Illinois University Sean Farrell, Northern Illinois University Brian Sandberg, Northern Illinois University Valerie Garver, Northern Illinois University Damian Fernandez, Northern Illinois University Eric Mogren, Northern Illinois University James D. Schmidt, Northern Illinois University Aaron Fogelman, Northern Illinois University Andy Bruno, Northern Illinois University Sarah Frohardt-Lane, Ripon College Nick Juravich, University of Massachusetts, Boston Edin Hajdarpasic, Loyola University Chicago Alice Weinreb, Loyola University Chicago Aidan Forth, MacEwan University Michael Honey, University of Washington, Tacoma Natalie Joy, Northern Illinois University Emma Kuby, Northern Illinois University John French, Duke University Michael Botson, Houston Community College Benjamin Sorensen, Cape Fear Community College Mother Jones deserves a statue in her honor, as she was seminal in organizing for worker power and labor rights. This woman "mourn[ed] for the dead, but [fought] like hell for the living! Colleen O'Neill, Utah State University Thomas L. Dublin, State University of New York at Binghamton Cecelia Bucki Fairfield University, CT Greg Hall, Western Illinois University Lou Martin, Chatham University Mother Jones was one of the strongest voices for working people in the early 20th century. By speaking truth to power and standing with workers in the darkest hours, she was an inspiration to many thousands across the country. Lilia Fernandez, Rutgers University Lara Vapnek, St. John's University Ken Fones-Wolf, West Virginia University Holger Droessler, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Chris Wright, City University of New York Eric Fure-Slocum, St. Olaf College Robyn Muncy, University of Maryland Joe Berry, College of San Francisco Heather Ann Thompson, University of Michigan Gordon Mantler, George Washington University Lorenzo Costaguta, University of Bristol Elizabeth McKilen, University of Maine Jim Beauchesne, Lawrence Heritage State Park Caroline Waldron, University of Dayton David Witwer, Penn State University Nathan Godfried, Univeristy of Maine Anthonio Ramirez, Elgin Community College Mary Ann Trasciatti, Hofstra University Sam Mitrani, College of DuPage Kristoffer Smemo, Washington University Patrick Dixon, Georgetown University Shelton Stromquist, University of Iowa Laurie Mercier, Vancouver Washington We need more public memorials documenting America's labor history! John McKerley, University of Iowa Nancy Quam Wickham California State University-Long Beach Alan Derickson, Penn State Joshua B. Freeman, Queens College and Graduate Center Darryl Heller, Indiana University-South Bend Ryan Dearinger, Eastern Oregon University-LaGrande Daniel Gilbert, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Nancy Quam-Wickham, California State University Brian Kelly, Queen’s University Belfast Ben Whisenhunt, College of DuPage Peter Rachleff, East Side Freedom Library, St. Paul, Minnesota James Young, Edinboro University David Brody, University of California-Davis Ian Rocksborough-Smith, History, University of the Fraser Valley Brian Greenberg, Monmouth University Lois Rita Helmbold, San Jose State University Daniel Clark, Oakland University-Ann Arbor, Michigan Jason Resnikoff, Columbia University Liesl Orenic, Dominican University-Chicago Dana Frank, University of California-Santa Cruz Christopher Phelps, University of Nottingham Dave Kamper, New Brookwood Labor College Di Kelly, University of Wollongong, Australia "Even in Australia, we respect the wonderful achievements, and believe a Mother Jones statue is a signal of respect. " Ian Rocksborough-Smith, University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia’ Naomi R Williams, Rutgers University Fred Glass, City College of San Francisco Working people deserve to know their history and their heroes. A public monument to Mother Jones would help fill in that gap. Nancy Gabin, Purdue University Francis Shor, Wayne State University Michael Dennis, Acadia University, Nova Scotia Greg Geddes, SUNY Orange County Community College Aimee Loiselle, Smith College Mother Jones was a dedicated organizer, inspiring speaker, and brilliant strategist who established a potent public presence. Jennifer Sherer, University of Iowa Robert Forrant, University of Massachusetts Lowell Carol Quirke, SUNY Old Westbury Tula Connell, Independent Scholar, Washington D. C. Cindy Hahamovitch, University of Georgia-Athens Karen Miller, CUNY LaGuardia David Brundage, University of California Santa Cruz Joseph A. McCartin, Georgetown University Julia Smith, University of Manitoba-Winnipeg Paul C. Mishler, Indiana University-South Bend Cathy Brigden, RMIT University, Victoria, Australia Ron Schatz, Wesleyan University Eileen Boris, University of California-Santa Barbera "A long held dream for honoring women and workers!" Al Campbell, University of Utah Francis Ryan, Rutgers University Seth Widgerson, University of Maine-Augusta Ron Lind, San Jose City College Grace Reinke, University of Washington-Seattle David Dennis, Loyola University Chicago Juanita Del Toro, Harold Washington College David Zonderman, North Carolina State University "A figure in American and labor history well worth honoring with a statue" Mark Lause, University of Cincinnati Jack Metzgar, Roosevelt University Carl Weinberg, Indiana University Sean Carleton, University of Manitoba Jillian Marie Jacklin, University of Wisconsin -Green Bay Brian Leech, Augustana College Jeff Schuhrke, University of Illinois at Chicago David Hamilton Golland, Governors State University Jay Winston Driskell, Historical Research and Consulting Michael Goldfield Wayne State University Trish Kahle, Georgetown University Qatar Sharon McConnell-Sidorick, Independent Scholar Dan Sidorick, Rutgers University Eileen Eagan, University of Southern Maine Matthew Simmons, University of South Florida David Marquis, College of William & Mary Tami J. Friedman, Brock University Ellie Walsh, Governors State University Pat Reeve, Suffolk University Sign the historians' endorsement - I've heard of Mother Jones forever, but only recently learned what an amazing woman and organizer she was... and especially given the lack of statues of important females in Chicago -- I believe she will be a wonderful addition. The proposed location downtown, near her old sewing shop, would be a great choice!! -Marian Sirefman, Oak Park, IL -statue donor As a native of Chicago I value the rich tradition of labor struggles in the city's history and think a statue to the best known and most revered woman in U.S. labor history can only enhance Chicago and the pride workers and especially women workers feel to be a part of the labor community of Chicago and Illinois. --Judy Ancel, Cross-Border Network Grassroots Judie Moore Green, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University Susan C. Flashman, Pres Maryland/DC Alliance for Retired Americans MicheleDuster, Ph.D. author and champion of racial and gender equity; Great-Granddaughter Ida B. Wells Katie Jordan, Illinois Labor History Society and Coalition of Labor Union Women Jacquelyn Kirley, Working Women's History Project We need to have visual support for Chicago's labor background and the women who fought for it. Keith Kelliher, retired president, SEIU Helen Ramirez-Odell, retired teacher, CTU Kassandra Tsitsopoulos We desperately need more statues of women in the city of Chicago. Mother Jones was a tireless fighter for workers of all ages to push for better working conditions. Chicago is a union town and needs to uplift these types of voices. Colleen White, Kansas City Missouri I grew up in Chicago and was always amazed at the statues in the City. However, the City is sadly lacking a statute that remembers a strident advocate for the downtrodden and working folks. I would appreciate your support of placing a statute of Mother Jones, who is a figure that represents these downtrodden and working folks, in the City. Plus I am as Irish as many Chicagoans, and it would be nice to see our heritage represented. Thank you. Julie Quirin, IEASO Mother Jones will be an excellent addition to downtown Chicago! Let Mother stand for all of Illinois! Patrick Murfin, Tree of Life UU Congregation Social Justice Team I am a former General Secretary-Treasurer and newspaper editor for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) which Mother Jones helped found. As an amateur labor historian and active blogger (Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout) I have written extensively about Mary Harris Jones and her essential role in the American labor movement. I am also a social justice activist for more than fifty years. No one is better deserving of a memorial statue than “the most dangerous woman alive.” Ellen C. Garza, Chicago IL Susan Ridgeway, Canton Ohio No one deserves this memorial more than Mary Harris. May her memory be an example for us all. James Tibensky, Wayne, IL Mother Jones was an important force in the drive to make unions a reality for American workers. She had deep Chicago roots. A statue of her in Chicago would be a great recognition of her impact and that of labor unions everywhere. We are a proud union family and urge the City of Chicago to erect a statue of Mother Mary Jones. John Risch, North Dakota She was the most courageous labor leader in American history. Nancy Keiser, Utah Donald A. Daeke, M.D. The labor movement is of critical importance and is well commemorated by Mother Jones' remembrance. Jeff Fites, Michigan This remarkable woman epidomises the strength of our nation and the respect for working women and men for which the city of Chicago is known. In honoring Mother Jones, the "City of Big Shoulders" elevates the dignity and values of fair wages, safe working conditions and respect for working people, whose big shoulders built this country we love. John Zurzaw, Oak Park, IL Margaret Burk, An important tribute to a woman who fought for justice for all people. William Arnold, Alaska Mother Jones was an inspiration to very many Americans (and others) as she kept the hope of E Pluribus Unum alive. Julia McSweeney, Retired CTU member /South Side Irish Parade Committee Member Carol Levine, Chicago Women Take Action Chicagoans will be inspired by learning about the work of Mother Jones. Anton Savoir, Teamsters for a Democratic Union, Kansas City, Missouri The recognition of labor's history and struggles is mandatory for labors growth and development. I am reminded that a people who don't know their history are condemned to repeat it. We must do all that is possible to build an active and viable labor movement. Michael Sacco, IBEW Local 21 A necessary addition to our great city's important working class history. Peter Kuttner, IATSE Local 600 Chicago is a city of working people, the kind of people Mother Jones served so well. Kathleen Wiegert, Chicago, Illinois Mother Jones changed lives and helped all of us understand the importance of standing up for social justice. Tim Tuten, The Hideout Mother Jones epitomizes the Chicago Spirit. She survived The Chicago Fire of 1871, to come out even more empathetic and stronger for the working people. Her statute should be centrally located and prominent for all too see and be inspired by! My only request is that it be built twice as tall! Mike Thomas, Chicago IL I whole heartedly endorse the placing of the Mother Jones statue at Wacker and Michigan. Sarah Rothschild, Chicago IL Mother Jones is such an important piece of Chicago's and the nation's labor history! Bruce Tigg, New York, NY Jerry Delaney, Oak Park, IL Recognition of the justice work of Mother Jones is long overdue! I’m grateful for the hard work of this group to bring this important recognition! My Mayo great-grandfather contracted black-lung disease working as a stoker in Chester, PA. I'm thrilled that this statue will honor Mother Jones for her strength and for her commitment to better the lives of coal miners and countless other workers.-- Eileen Durkin, statue donor The recognition of an immigrant who did so much to extend rights to laboring men and women would acknowledge the importance of immigrants to the development of the city and highlight the role that women have played in securing social justice. Leonard Ramirez, Ph.D.Northeastern University