Re: [sixties-l] Fw: Necrology

From: Jerry West (
Date: Thu Jun 22 2000 - 06:36:57 CUT

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    Michael Garrison wrote:

    The erection of a labor mural dedicated to the lynched IWW member,
    Wesly Everest, directly facing the Legion Statue honoring the 4
    Legionaries killed by the IWW caused this community to face its past and
    confront its history. A recent dedication of a plaque at the local
    Community College which acknowledged the IWW attorney, Elmer Smith
    caused a similar outpouring of emotions on both sides of this historical

    JW reply:

    Hi Michael,

    What do you do down in Centralia? We have a similar situation up here
    in British Columbia in the Comox Valley where the provincial government
    (socialist) named a section of a new freeway after Ginger Goodwin, a
    labour activist in the coal fields and a draft resister in WWI. The
    government of the day went after him for refusing to fight and he was
    shot (murdered, say some) at a hide-out in the woods by police. The
    right-wing loonies complain regularly in letters to the editor in the
    local paper about this so called travesty and no doubt hope that a new
    government will rename the highway. The local labour community of
    course fires back in Goodwin's defense.

    Jerry West
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