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Not for Bread Alone: A Memoir Moe Foner

Not for Bread Alone: A Memoir

Moe Foner

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ISBN : 9780801440618
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160 pages
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Foner often let others take credit, but with his names and telephone numbers he was the man to call-and take a call from. He was a champion of civil rights and civil liberties and an early and strong opponent of the Vietnam War when that was rareMoreFoner often let others take credit, but with his names and telephone numbers he was the man to call-and take a call from. He was a champion of civil rights and civil liberties and an early and strong opponent of the Vietnam War when that was rare among labor.-The NationFor the daily truth behind phrases like first-generation American, labor movement, and civil rights, there is no better life story than that of Moe Foner. Like Emma Goldman, he insisted on dancing at the revolution, and on every Americans right to joy and justice. In these dark times, his memoir is a beacon of past and future light.-Gloria SteinemI operated under the theory that a good union doesnt have to be dull.-Moe FonerDont waste any time mourning-organize.-Joe HillMoe Foner, who died in January 2002, was a leading player in 1199/SEIU, New Yorks Health and Human Service Union, and a key strategist in the unions fight for recognition and higher wages for thousands of low-paid hospital workers. Foner also was the founder of Bread and Roses, 1199s cultural program created to add dimension and artistic outlets to workers lives. Foner produced a musical about hospital workers- invited Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger to perform for workers and their children- presented stars such as Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and Alan Alda- and installed the only permanent art gallery at a union headquarters. One of Foners last projects was a poster series called Women of Hope, which celebrates African American, Native American, Asian American, and Latina women including Maya Angelou, Maxine Hong Kingston, Septima P. Clark, and the Delaney sisters Sarah and Elizabeth. Today his legacy is the largest and most important cultural program of any union.Not for Bread Alone traces Foners development from an apolitical youth whose main concerns were basketball and music to a visionary whose pragmatism paved the way for legislation guaranteeing hospital workers the right to unionize. Foner writes eloquently about his early life in Brooklyn as the son of a seltzer delivery man and about many of the critical developments in the organization of hospital workers. He provides an insiders perspective on major strikes and the struggle for statewide collective bargaining- the leadership styles of Leon Davis, Doris Turner, and Dennis Rivera- and the unions connection to key events such as the civil rights movement and the Vietnam Wa