Manifesto of the Fast Food Worker – Socialist Alternative (U.S.) (2003)

1990-2010, Date, Defining the Enemy, Disruptive Spaces, Privatization, Strike, Subjectives of Refusal, Tactics of Disruption, The Workplace, Workers

The Manifesto of the Fast Food Worker was published in 2003 by U.S. based group, the Socialist Alternative. This piece is broken into an introduction, the history and economics of the fast food industry, the treatment of its workers, and their demands and organizing strategy, ultimately demanding for socialism and blaming capitalism.

“As members of Socialist Alternative, a democratic socialist group active in the Seattle/Tacoma area, we have been involved from the beginning in helping organize the union drive at Pizza Hut. Our aims were identical with its workers: to attempt to enable it to be as strong and powerful as possible.”

Art Front Magazine (1937)

1840-1945, Date, Disruptive Spaces, Subjectives of Refusal, Urban Spaces, Workers

The Art Front was a magazine first published by the Artists Union of New York as a response to Nelson Rockefeller’s destruction of a mural by Diego Rivera in 1934. Politically, the Artists Union and the magazine were aligned with the Communist Party in the United States, and the Union emerged largely as a way to provide financial relief for artists during the Great Depression Era. The magazine itself consisted of just 25 issues, and was created by just 16 writers. This issue was the last of the 25, published in 1937. The three articles in it cover the intersection of art and politics in China, a “revival” in printmaking, and the Labor Pavillion at the upcoming World Fair