Um, why Bread & Magic?

In 1912, a bunch of immigrant women (and others) in Lawrence, Massachussetts went on strike – they had just had their workweek cut back from 56 hours to an oh-so-luxurious 54-hours-a-week, but then discovered their pay was getting cut, too. They used the slogan, “We want bread, but we want roses, too!” because they were fighting not just for a decent paycheck, but for the decent things in life.  (Okay, technically, the slogan itself has never been entirely verified, but that’s beside the point.) 

The point is that this is a blog for all those who want bread, and magic too.

Other miscellany:

  • Check out more about the moving story of the Bread & Roses Strike.
  • Bread and Roses is also the name of a very cool foundation in Philadelphia that funds grassroots groups working for social justice.
  • Bread and Magic is also the title of a short story in progress, which, someday, I may finish writing.
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