Resolution on "Mother" Jones

Adopted at 1993 Annual Conference

Whereas, Mary Harris “Mother” Jones (1830-1930), an Irish immigrant tirelessly devoted herself to supporting the American workers and working class families, as well as opposing child labor exploitation;

Whereas, “Mother” Jones has been inducted into the Labor Hall of Fame;

Whereas, Karen Ritter has introduced a resolution into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to designate May 1 as Mother Jones Day and asks that the U.S. Postal Service depict Mother Jones on a postage stamp; and

Whereas the Social Responsibility Round Table of the American Library Association is dedicated to promoting justice, equality, and respect for women and all working people;

Therefore Be It Resolved that the American Library Association Social Responsibilities Round Table strongly supports the issuance of a postage stamp honoring “Mother” Jones, a true American hero and role model;

And Be It Further Resolved that copies of this resolution be sent to the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, Friends of Mother Jones, the Honorable Karen Ritter, the Labor Heritage Foundation, and the library press.

SRRT Newsletter Issue 109, p. 4