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For members of the union. Their works are reproduced in 1199
News, our publication.
A free weekly class?
A free weekly class, which is --
With an enrollment of?
-- over-enrolled. They have to turn people away. They'll have
thirty in each class, sometimes two classes. But it's very successful
and gives our members who want to write, and many of them have
never written before --
And this is not how to write a business letter; this is creative
This is creative writing, poetry, prose, and when you read it,
very often, very, very moving and of very high quality. It comes out of
the union, from the members. Those members are people who will
participate in Bread and Roses programming because they know it. So
these are some of the things that happen and are happening and, I
think, will continue to happen.
We now have another development that indicates the national
concern. The AFL-CIO has set up, established, a Department of Arts
and Culture, which is modeled entirely after Bread and Roses. What
they are doing is they are remodeling the headquarters of the AFL-CIO
in Washington so that it has a space for exhibitions, a shop for the sale
of their products, and on display, permanent display, will be such
things that they have now that we got for them. Ralph Fasanella's
famous painting on The Great Strike is on display there, permanent
display. Each floor is being remodeled with large poster enlargements
about working people, and most of them are Bread and Roses posters.
Procedurally, how did they model it after Bread and Roses? Did you
go down there? Did they come up and interview you? Did they get
materials from us, from 1199, from Bread and Roses?
Bob Welsh, who's the assistant to John Sweeney, and John
Sweeney are people I know. They are people who have known Bread
and Roses over the years, when we were discussing merger. I
remember at one meeting of the merger talks, John or somebody said
The merger with 1199 and --
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