Happy birthday, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (Aug. 7, 1890 – Sept. 5, 1964)! ‪#‎Communist‬. ‪#‎Feminist‬. ‪#‎Suffragist‬. Union organizer. Free speech advocate. Wobbly (member of the I.W.W.). Founding member of the ACLU. Fiery orator. She gave her first public speech at the Harlem (NYC) Socialist Club when she was 16 years old, on the topic “What Socialism Will Do for Women.” Arrested and jailed many times during her activist career. Served two years (1955-1957) in the Federal Prison Camp near Alderson, West Virginia. In 1957 she ran for New York City Council as a Communist. In 1961 she became national chairwoman of the Communist Party of the U.S. Author of “The Rebel Girl: An Autobiography” (1955), among other works. A close friend of Dorothy Day for decades, Elizabeth left her small estate (books, clothing, furniture) to the New York Catholic Worker House. Born in Concord, New Hampshire. Died in Moscow, Russia. Buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.

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