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Tomorrow Night: Help Recreate the Great Meat Boycott of 1902

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East Side women discussing price of meat. Photo by Bain News Service, [1910 April].
East Side women discussing price of meat. Photo by Bain News Service, [1910 April].
There are only a few days left to celebrate Lower East Side History Month. Here’s one event you might want to check out tomorrow evening (6-7 p.m.).

“The Return of the Great Meat Boycott” will be staged in the Siempre Verde Community Garden on Stanton Street.

The 1902 boycott was a pivotal event in the American activist movement. Housewives mobilized after the food monopolies of the day raised meat prices dramatically. After 20,000 protesters flooded the streets of the Lower East Side, the monopolies backed down and lowered their prices. Here’s part of the Facebook invite:

Bring signs, aprons, wear skirts, or come as you are and add your own [loud] voices to ours. The New York Times in writing about the boycott, condemned the boycotters but also noted: “the disturbances on the crowded east side in this city might give the Beef Combine something to think about rather seriously. [The boycott] is the most violent and general manifestation of resentment toward . . . the Combine that has been made, and it is more noteworthy than anything of its kind that has ever happened in this country.”

The garden is located at Stanton and Attorney streets. This event is co-sponsored by Siempre Verde Garden and the Stanton Street Shul. You can find more LES History Month events here.


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