Posted by: wadahp | November 12, 2009


On November 11, 1919, in a showdown between members of the American Legion and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), four Legionnaires were killed and an IWW organizer, Wesley Everest, was tortured and lynched.  Eight IWW members were sentenced to 25-40 years in prison for shooting the Legionnaires, but no community members were ever brought to trial for the lynching of Everest.

 To commemorate the 90th anniversary of this tragedy, several events will be held in Centralia this week.

 All Events are Free and Open to the Public

 Friday, November 13 – 7-10pm

Music by folk legend Marc Ross

A Screening of Lewis County:  Hope and Struggle, a film by Anne Fischel


Location:  Corbett Theatre, Centralia College
600 Centralia College Blvd.


Saturday, November 14 – 9:30am-12:30pm – Washington Hall, Centralia College

 9:30 am – 10:00 am: Live music with Brendan Phillips

 10:00 am – 11:00 am:

Overview of the IWW: The Broader Context – Aaron Goings
The Centralia Tragedy – An Overview – Anne Fischel
Documents That Tell the StorySandy Polishuk

 11:00 am – Roundtable Discussions

A) WalMart and Retail Organizing – Gary Lyle, UFCW
Organizing in the WoodsSteve Fluke, Bill Street, Chip Elliott (IAM/IWA)

B) The IWW TodayBrendan Maslauskas Dunn and the Olympia IWW

C) Organizing at Fort LewisJosh Simpson, IWW

D) Immigrant Workers and Immigrant Rights Antonio Flores, El Comité Pro-Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social (In Spanish)

E) Songs of the WobbliesPatrick Edalbacher, Brendan Phillips, Mark Ross

F) The Ghost of Hangman’s BridgeView of a developing feature film-Ursula Richards Coppola

G) Dramatic reading/performance of affidavits of witnesses, jurors, journalists, arrestees, legionnaires, & Wobblies collected by Wobbly defense committees: Sandy Polishuk and Johnny Stallings.

 12:30 – 1:00 pm Box Lunch

 1:00 – 3:30 pm: Walking/Busing Labor History Tour of Centralia (gather at the Centralia College Diversity Tower)

 8:00 pm:

Alexander Berkman Collective, Olympia

Mark Ross and Brendan Phillips in concert.

For more information, email

For more information, contact Peter Kardas at the Evergreen Labor Center:  (360) 867-6526 or go to


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