MINE-MILL: MILITANT ADVOCATE FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND JUSTICE
The International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers -- as had its immediate predecessor, the Western Federation of Miners before it -- and as did its extremely close relative, the Industrial Workers of the World, crusaded militantly and effectively in a consistently hard-hitting fashion on a wide range of critical social justice frontiers in both the United States and Canada.
Mine-Mill's consistently unwavering record in fighting for racial equality and justice was absolutely exemplary.
This from The Mine-Mill Steward: A Manual for Shop Stewards and Committeemen:
Free Our Hand -- a speech (issued by IUMMSW as a widely distributed pamphlet), given by Asbury Howard, then a Bessemer, Alabama based Mine-Mill Regional Director, at the Union's International Convention, Nogales, Arizona, September 13, 1951. Asbury Howard, a pioneer Black civil rights activist and iron miner, later became Eastern Vice-President of IUMMSW. He was a man of great courage -- living and working for human rights and militant, democratic unionism in one of the toughest and most repressive parts of the world: Alabama.
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