May 1 – International Workers’ Day

Happy May Day, or as it is widely known, International Workers’ Day.

On this day in 1896 the great general strike for an 8-hour workday (over 350,000 strikers across the United States) that culminated in the Haymarket affair began. Today is an international day of labor recognition in many countries – with the United States a notable exception. Here it is “Loyalty Day” or “Law Day”, designations Eisenhower blessed in order to counterbalance the labor celebration, which was regarded as communist.

Forget that pathetic three-day weekend excuse for a “labor holiday” in September, let’s get a little red in our blood.

The Catholic Church also recognizes today as the feast day for St. Joseph the Worker.

Blessed are the poor… those who mourn… the meek…
those who hunger and thirst for righteousness… the merciful… the pure in heart…
the peacemakers… those those are persecuted because of righteousness…

God bless America?
See also this article by Saul Kanowitz.

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One Response

  1. Happy May Day to all my fellow anarchists!

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