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Op-ed: Labor Day: In support of the PRO Act

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06.09.2021

My first lesson on the struggle of American workers occurred when I was 11, five years before I even had a job.

I was in seventh grade at St. Bernadette School in Evergreen Park, when I smelled something fishy about our geography book.

Not the whole book, which I didn’t fully read except for portions where I needed to find the answers to homework questions. Though not a huge fan of geography, I did enjoy the feature at the end of each chapter, which was a comic strip with eight to 12 panels on the bottom half of the page. Not a lighthearted comic strip like “Donald Duck” or “Little Lulu,” but one drawn in black and white with caricatures and text that told a story about a place here or in a foreign country. An example might be eight drawings showing what happens on an Australian sheep farm that leads to wool production for the clothing industry. They were visual geography lessons for reluctant readers like me.

What caught my attention was just a single page that I can still visualize today, half a century later, depicting laborers in a way I sensed was unfair. On the last page in the chapter about Russia, which in the 1960s was called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or USSR, the comic strip........

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