The Brief Origins of May Day by Eric Chase

Occupy May Day 2012

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Dandelion Salad
Originally published May 1, 2015

Republished with permission from IWW

by Eric Chase
IWW, 1993
May 1, 2019

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

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How Debs Became A Socialist by Paul D’Amato

Eugene V. Debs Museum

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Dandelion Salad

by Paul D’Amato
SocialistWorker.org
Originally published Feb. 18, 2011
April 29, 2019

In 1920, Eugene V. Debs, ran for president on the Socialist Party ticket and received a million votes–even though he was serving a prison term for speaking out against the First World War.

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May Day General Strike by James E. Rabbit III

general-strike

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by James E. Rabbit III
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Founder/Administrator of the Solidarity Facebook Page
April 22, 2017

This May Day (Monday, May 1st, 2017), workers worldwide are invited to participate in an unprecedented call for global unity demanding that all full-time workers are paid a living wage by means of a May Day General Strike, which transcends borders and all other divides among fellow workers. The success of this event is dependent upon word of mouth and social media to invite others who will collectively stand together in solidarity to end the unjustifiable inhumane suffering and exploitation of underpaid workers everywhere.

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The Haymarket Riot: “It is a subterranean fire” by Elizabeth Schulte

Dandelion Salad

The Chicago Riot book cover

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by Elizabeth Schulte
SocialistWorker.org
April 29, 2011

ON MAY 1, 1886–125 years ago this month–hundreds of thousands of workers were taking the streets of cities around the U.S. to demand an eight-hour day.

The epicenter of this great labor struggle was Chicago, where the eight-hour movement inspired defiant protests and strikes–and inspired fear and repression from bosses and their loyal servants in law enforcement.

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How Debs became a socialist by Paul D’Amato (1989)

Dandelion Salad

by Paul D’Amato
SocialistWorker.org
February 18, 2011

Debs delivering a speech in Chicago in 1912.

Image via Wikipedia

In 1920, Eugene V. Debs, ran for president on the Socialist Party ticket and received a million votes–even though he was serving a prison term for speaking out against the First World War.

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