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2016-02-04 17:34:12 Post No. 680876
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Any hobos out there? I'm the caretaker for the Utah Phillips Centre for the Hobo Arts. We act as the union hall for SLOW (Street Labourers of Windsor), a union for anyone who makes their living on the street, like buskers, scrappers, street vendors, panhandlers, and pickers. You can see pictures of the centre on our crowdfunding page, Go Fund Me dot com slash SLOW-IWW.
For those who are unfamiliar with the terminology, the difference between a hobo, a tramp, and a bum is: a hobo travels from place to place to find work whenever possible; a tramp will work, but only when absolutely necessary, and a bum just won't work, period. Since the traditions of the hobo are all about being /out/ and about, I thought this would be a good place to talk about hobo culture.
Organizing hobos is not something new for our union. SLOW is a shop of the Industrial Workers of the World, the Wobblies, and we have a 110 year tradition of organizing in places other unions won't touch. During the Great Depression, for example, so many hobos were members of the IWW that if you tried to hop a train, the hobos would demand to see your union card; if you couldn't produce one, they'd pitch you right back off the train.
Anyone else out there tramping around free, living live on the open road?