|Join us on November 19th for a commemoration of Joe Hill on the centenary of his execution. Alexis Buss will speak at the American Swedish Historical Museum (FDR Park, near the stadiums, 1900 Pattison Avenue) about her book, The Letters of Joe Hill, and Hill’s life and legacy. Joining her will be Philadelphia labor activist and singer John Braxton. This event is free and refreshments will be served.
A cofounder of Bindlestiff Books, Alexis Buss served six terms as General Secretary-Treasurer of the Industrial Workers of the World and organized its centennial celebration in 2005. A new edition of The Letters of Joe Hill, with extensive new material and notes added by Alexis, has just been released by Haymarket Press.
John Braxton has sung at countless labor rallies and union meetings over his years in the labor movement. Braxton is a former co-president of the Faculty and Staff Federation of the Community College of Philadelphia (where he is a biology professor) and co-founded the local chapter of Jobs With Justice. He was previously active in Teamsters for a Democratic Union. He is on the national board of U.S. Labor Against the War, and drafted a resolution against the war in Iraq that was ultimately adopted by the Philadelphia AFL-CIO.