Int'l Working Women's Day 2016


On this International Working Women's Day we bring a bit of mostly unknown history of a radical Mexican woman in L.A. :

On the 25th of June in 1912, after members of the Mexican Anarchist-Communist organization, Partido Liberal Mexicano, were convicted of violating Neutrality Laws, Lucía [Norman] led the protesters through the streets of Los Angeles chanting 'Libertad y Tierra' ('Land and Liberty'). The police eventually called the occurrence a riot – which according to the Los Angeles Examiner was 'one of the wildest riots witnessed on the streets of Los Angeles' as 'many of the women during the riot wielded hat pins with painful effect.' As the men in the PLM came under more & more American repression she & other women took a stronger & stronger position within this anarchist organization.