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Trail BC’s Fighting Ladies’ Auxiliary

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August 12, 2016
Trail BC’s Fighting Ladies’ Auxiliary

  In June 1944, about thirty women in Trail, BC, were chartered as Ladies Auxiliary Local 131. By 1946 there were 25 such auxiliaries across Canada. Back then, Steel Local 480 was a Mine-Mill union fighting for certification against a company union set up decades earlier by Cominco president S.G. Blaylock. Local 480 was...
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Leola’s photos capture dreams – A public exhibition

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May 2, 2016
Leola’s photos capture dreams – A public exhibition

The 48 images in “Windows, Passages and Reflections,” the photo exhibit now on display at the Eugene Public Library, share the sensitivity, perception, and artistic creativity of Leola Jewett-Verzuh. Some are so stunningly beautiful as to capture one’s dreams. These are not just windows on reality in various parts of the world. They also...
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Remembering Salt – A research note

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March 20, 2016
Remembering Salt – A research note

Cold War historians have uncovered much evidence to illustrate how the political intolerance of the early 1950s manifested itself in some Canadian cities. However, little has been revealed regarding McCarthyism’s impact on the country’s non-urban communities nor has there been significant exploration of the Cold War resistance that was mobilized in small Canadian towns....
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Joe Hill and Salt official selections

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March 20, 2016
Joe Hill and Salt official selections

My two short documentary films, Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout and Remembering Salt, are official selections in the 2016 Reel Work Labor Film Festival. They will be screened on Monday, April 25, 7 p.m., at the Service Employees International Union Hall, 517 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA. See www.reelwork.org . Coming this summer My...
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France, Autumn 2015 – A Photo Essay

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November 22, 2015
France, Autumn 2015 – A Photo Essay

The images in this photo essay are presented randomly beginning with the streets of “The City of Light” and skipping to the South of France (Le Midi) where Leola and I spent time exploring the hilltop villages of Provence, the chateaux of the Dordogne, and the markets of Nice. What we saw through our...
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Organizing Immigrant Workers – A History Essay

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November 10, 2015
Organizing Immigrant Workers – A History Essay

My article on organizing immigrant labour at the lead, zinc, and fertilizer smelter in Trail, B.C., during the Second World War has been published by the Pacific Northwest Quarterly, a respected journal that has been providing insightful articles on the history of the region for more than 100 years. My thanks to managing editor John Findlay...
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“Street Rhythms” opens in Eugene, Oregon

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November 9, 2015
“Street Rhythms” opens in Eugene, Oregon

KLCC radio interview – aired Nov. 25, 2015 Street Rhythms – Register-Guard – Dec. 3, 2015 My show “Street Rhythms ­– A Photographic Journey” opened on Nov. 8, 2016, for a two-month exhibition at the Eugene Public Library. The 27 photographs in the collection are images of people from around the world that were...
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Remembering Salt broadcast on TV in Kootenays

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November 9, 2015
Remembering Salt broadcast on TV in Kootenays

Remembering Salt, my second short documentary film about the Kootenays, is airing on Shaw Cable Channel 10 on the dates and times listed below. See the attached Castlegar News feature for a comment on the show: http://www.castlegarnews.com/entertainment/350655251.html . See below. The half-hour broadcast includes my comments on the making of the documentary as well as excerpts...
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Play’s honesty triumphs over free trade

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October 25, 2015
Play’s honesty triumphs over free trade

Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s play Sweat is a triumph of honesty about the slow, silent and devastating personal impacts of free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the one President Obama just signed. Just ending its premiere season’s run at Oregon’s Ashland Shakespeare Festival, Nottage’s play portrays a group of friends and family members who are...
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Labour history novel – A Book Review

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August 26, 2015
Labour history novel – A Book Review

Mick Lowe, The Insatiable Maw: A Story of Eco-Resistance, Volume 2 of the Nickel Range Trilogy (Montreal: Baraka Books, 2015), 153 pages, paperback, $19.95 CDN.   On the heels of his first novel about Northern Ontario mine and smelter workers of the 1960s, journalist turned novelist Mick Lowe has released a thin second volume...
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Books

Radical Rag by Ron Verzuh Underground Times by Ron Verzuh Selling Labour Down Under by Ron Verzuh Changing Images by Ron Verzuh Feasting With Love by Ron Verzuh Tea Leaves by Ron Verzuh Remembering Salt by Ron Verzuh