on each of these broadsides to see them in larger form.
These three broadsides show how organized labor has summoned the example and memory of Haymarket for specific immediate purposes, as well as for the broader cause of economic and social justice.
The first broadside advertises a rally in the Haymarket, in late April 1978, of a coalition of labor and political activists across racial and ethnic groups (see the list of speakers and sponsors) in support of shortening the work day and of "Jobs, Peace and Equality." Specific objects of protest include the closing of plants, the inflationary trend that marked the period, tax breaks for business, military spending, reductions in health-care coverage, and racism and anti-Semitism. Haymarket is recalled as a time when "Chicago labor led the struggle for the 8 Hour Day."
The other two broadsides pertain specifically to the prolonged strike against the Chicago Tribune a century after Haymarket. The Newspaper Unity Council pointed out what it saw as the parallels between 1886 and 1986 and planned a protest in front of the Tribune building on the one hundredth anniversary of the Haymarket meeting. The flier in the middle points out another connection in observing, "The Tribune fanned the flames of hysteria following the night at Haymarket Square." It implicates the paper's reporting in the hangings of the anarchists, whom it describes as "union leaders."