A live portrayal of Mother Jones, Political “Hell-Raiser”!
March 20, from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
More information at http://www.wventerprises.com/motherjones.cfm
Mary Harris began life near Cork, Ireland, grew up in Ontario, and then came to the United States, where she worked as a dressmaker and a schoolteacher. In 1867, her husband George Jones and their four children all died in a yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, so she moved back to Chicago where, four years later, she lost everything in the Great Chicago Fire.
Following these two disasters, Jones spent the second half of her life involved in the labor movement. From the 1890s though the 1920s she worked tirelessly as a political “hell-raiser,” advancing social and political causes such as the abolition of child labor and organizing the United Mine Workers. In 1905 she helped found the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).
“Goodbye, boys; I’m under arrest. I may have to go to jail. I may not see you for a long time. Keep up the fight! Don’t surrender! Pay no attention to the injunction machine at Parkersburg. The Federal judge is a scab anyhow. While you starve he plays golf. While you serve humanity, he serves injunctions for the money powers.”
March is Women’s History Month — a perfect time to catch this inspiring performance. Proceeds benefit the Rock County Dems.
Can’t make it? Donations gratefully accepted.
Tickets $25 each. Purchase 5 or more, and they are $20 each.