The Salt of the Earth

We all know Hillary Clinton the millionaire senator, Hillary Clinton the first lady and Hillary Clinton the corporate lawyer. Fewer know the story of Hillary Clinton, working class hero.

Our future president was born in a sod house by the shores of Lake Winola, PA. Modern obstetrics had not established itself in that part of the country and so the Rodhams made do with a Shawnee midwife and a pitcher of hot water. The young parents named their newborn daughter Hillary Winchester Rodham, in honor of the Second Amendment and the trusty Winny rifle that had saved their homestead from many a snooping bank agent and cougar attack.

Although her kinfolk had turned to bootlegging and horse theft in those tough times, the Rodhams never lost sight of the American dream."We were never embittered by our circumstances," says Clinton, "after all, the sunlight was free and the woods were practically teeming with succulent opossums ...And of course we always had our deep and abiding Christian faith." Indeed, Hillary's hard-scrabbled childhood was not without its pleasures. The future senator spent many happy hours with the neighborhood gang, playing stick ball, praying and smoking cheap cigarillos.

Those carefree days came to an abrupt end when coal boomed and little Hillary went to work in an anthracite pit. "Daddy taught me how to shoot and the Company taught me how to mine," recalls Clinton. Back then, child mineworkers or "tunnel scamps" were paid chiefly in corn liquor and tinned lard. A foolish few would accept credit at the usurious camp store. It was a tough job and many of Hillary's playmates/comrades were lost to explosives accidents, collapses and juvenile cirrhosis.

As Rodham matured into a young woman, she came to national attention (and caught the eye of a young man from Arkansas) when she was implicated in an altercation that left two Pinkerton agents dead. In those days, the Alleghenies were roiled by labor disputes and "Black Lung Rodham" was very much at the forefront of those struggles. "I never never denied my role in that incident," says Clinton matter-of-factly, "I brained those sumbitches with a pick axe handle." (A jury of honest working folk found that she had acted in self-defense.)

Given her background, Clinton was deeply offended by Barack Obama's snooty remarks at a San Francisco fundraising event. "Maybe that kind of thing flies in Chardonnay country," she fumed. Angered and saddened, the New York senator consoled herself like a real American - with a beer and a shot of Crown Royal.

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Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where: 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.

To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time—together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.

Key Deadlines

  • January 8th: Travel Scholarship for Air Travel (for application see below)
  • January 15th: Travel Scholarship for Non-Air Travel (ex: bus, car, train, etc.)
  • February 3rd: Early Bird Registration Ends - Tickets prices go up from $5 to $10
  • February 10th: Free Housing - We have limited free housing. You need to first register, then you will be sent an application for free housing.

Apply for a travel scholarship here! (First Deadline January 8, 2017)

Check out the working program (subject to change)