Wednesday, 11 March 2020

President Calvin Coolidge. What was Speaker Nathan Cooper Thinking?

2020-02-25: Alberta Legislature Throne Speech:  Spotted on the second floor window of the Alberta Legislature north west wing. Office of the (Hon) Speaker Nathan Cooper identified as 2020-02-25: Alberta Legislature Throne Speech:  Spotted on the second floor window of the Alberta Legislature north west wing. Office of the (Hon) Speaker Nathan Cooper identified(1872-1933), the 30th U.S. president, led the nation through most of the Roaring Twenties, a decade of dynamic social and cultural change, materialism and excess. 
Boston Police Strike From Wikipedia Governor Calvin Coolidge inspects the militia during the Boston Police Strike of 1919. In the Boston Police Strike, Boston police officers went on strike on September 9, 1919. They sought recognition for their trade union and improvements in wages and working conditions. Police Commissioner Edwin Upton Curtis denied that police officers had any right to form a union, much less one affiliated with a larger organization like the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Attempts at reconciliation between the Commissioner and the police officers, particularly on the part of Boston's Mayor Andrew James Peters, failed. During the strike, Boston experienced several nights of lawlessness. Several thousand members of the Massachusetts State Guard, supported by volunteers, restored order by force. Press reaction both locally and nationally described the strike as Bolshevik-inspired and directed at the destruction of civil society. The strikers were called "deserters" and "agents of Lenin."[1] Samuel Gompers of the AFL recognized that the strike was damaging the cause of labor in the public mind and advised the strikers to return to work. Commissioner Curtis refused to re-hire the striking policemen. He was supported by Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge, whose rebuke of Gompers earned him a national reputation. Nine were killed in several days of civil unrest and the threat of a general strike. Eight of the nine were fatally shot by members of the State Guard. The police strike ended on September 13, when Commissioner Curtis announced the replacement of all striking workers with 1,500 new officers, given higher wages. The strike proved a setback for labor unions. The AFL discontinued its attempts to organize police officers for another two decades. Coolidge won the Republican nomination for vice president of the U.S. in the 1920 presidential election. History.com 

 
Alberta Legislature 2020-03-02 Day 1000, painting 'Wear RED as we go marching' Artist bLog: 2020 Freedom to Express and Listen art project. 

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