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Think about this: In 1970 labor activists helped secure passage of the Occupational Safety and Health…

Think about this: In 1970 labor activists helped secure passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, viewed by many as the most important pro-worker legislation of the last 50 years, as Steven Greenhouse noted in a 2002 New York Times profile of veteran labor leader Tony Mazzochi. Notably, the OSHA legislation was passed under a Republican administration. Those same Nixon years also saw an end to the military draft, and legal recognition of a woman’s right to choose. Again, no thanks to Nixon or even to a progressive Supreme Court (it didn’t exist), but to the popular, organized activism and mobilization of public opinion of millions of Americans. In this context, the million-plus March for Women’s Lives on April 25 did more to secure women’s reproductive rights than anything that will happen on November 4.

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