Alice Embree :
METRO | Mourn, then organize


notes from the resistance


Street art in Madison, Wisconsin. Image from USB / Twitter / Creative Commons.

By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | January 8, 2017

AUSTIN — In 1915, when Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organizer Joe Hill was awaiting execution before a Utah firing squad, he wrote the following to his fellow Wobbly, Bill Haywood: “Don’t waste any time mourning — organize!”

“Don’t mourn, organize,” became a rallying cry whenever a leader died or the movement suffered a major defeat. Perhaps better advice today would be, “Mourn, then organize.”

We are experiencing a time of resistance and increased mobilization in Austin, and we need to organize networks of solidarity. With the tagline on The Rag Blog, “Notes from the Resistance,” we hope to accommodate brief dispatches on events, links to community calendars, and announcements of upcoming actions.

On Friday, January 20, Inauguration Day, join Austin’s One Resistance march, beginning at 5 p.m. at Auditorium Shores.

On Saturday, January 21, there will be a companion rally to the Women’s March on Washington from noon to 3 p.m. at the State Capitol.  See the Women’s March on Austin for details.

This progressive calendar posts upcoming events:

Third Coast Activist calendar

Progressive multi-issue groups:

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)

Left Up to Us

Organizing in Austin for Black Lives Matter:

Austin Justice Coalition

Organizing in Austin for immigrant justice:

Grassroots Leadership

Organizing for $15/hour:

The Fight for $15.


[Rag Blog associate editor Alice Embree is an editor of the book, Celebrating The Rag: Austin’s Iconic Underground Newspaper. Alice is a long-time Austin activist, organizer, and member of the Texas State Employees Union.]

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