The Dawn of Labor: Commemorating May Day, by Yanis Iqbal

Solidarity of Labour by Walter Crane 1889

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
Originally published May 4, 2021
May 1, 2022

In 1889, Clara Zetkin wrote: “Wherever busy folk are drudging under the yoke of capitalism, the organised working men and women will demonstrate on May Day for the idea of their social emancipation.” In today’s world, the murderous claws of oppression have dug deeper into the flesh of humanity. The globalization of capital, establishment of post-Fordist economic arrangements of flexible specialization, financialization of the accumulation process and neo-colonial strangulation of the Global South have led to a barbaric situation. Amid this generalized chaos, May 1 acts as a blazing streak, inviting the wretched of the earth to reflect intensively on their own history of joy, tenacious resistance, collective courage and strong solidarity.

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The Incomplete and Wonderful History of May Day

Occupy May Day 2012

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Dandelion Salad
Originally published May 1, 2016

The Laura Flanders Show on Apr 26, 2016

Author and professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new book, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Later in the show filmmaker Avi Lewis discusses worker-owned factories in Argentina, and Laura focuses on the intersectional feminism of 19th Century Anarchist Lucy Parsons.

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The Revolutionist: Eugene V. Debs

The Anti-War Speech That Jailed Eugene Debs For 10 Years

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Flea Market Socialist on Nov 28, 2019

Alternately loved and reviled, Eugene Victor Debs was a passionate labor leader, a progressive political figure, and a formidable speaker in a time of great change in the United States.

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday, by Walter Brasch + Happy Labor Day — Now Drop Dead, by Stephen Millies

January 19, 1909 LC-DIG-nclc-01581

Image by Children’s Bureau Centennial via Flickr

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 7, 2009
September 6, 2021

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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Labor History: The Pullman Strike of 1894

940626-walker-chicagoblockade-harpersweekly-color.jpgBy Galtzaurdin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 4, 2017
September 5, 2021
The Pullman Strike of 1894 Explained: US History Review

Keith Hughes on Jun 3, 2014

Join me as we take a look at a pivot strike in US History, the Pullman Strike of 1894. Perfect for inquisitive learners, students of the social studies and the cray cray on the internets.

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The Dawn of Labor: Commemorating May Day, by Yanis Iqbal

Solidarity of Labour by Walter Crane 1889

Image by Tysasi via Flickr

by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
May 4, 2021

In 1889, Clara Zetkin wrote: “Wherever busy folk are drudging under the yoke of capitalism, the organised working men and women will demonstrate on May Day for the idea of their social emancipation.” In today’s world, the murderous claws of oppression have dug deeper into the flesh of humanity. The globalization of capital, establishment of post-Fordist economic arrangements of flexible specialization, financialization of the accumulation process and neo-colonial strangulation of the Global South have led to a barbaric situation. Amid this generalized chaos, May 1 acts as a blazing streak, inviting the wretched of the earth to reflect intensively on their own history of joy, tenacious resistance, collective courage and strong solidarity.

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Labor History: The Pullman Strike of 1894

940626-walker-chicagoblockade-harpersweekly-color.jpg
By Galtzaurdin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 4, 2017
September 2, 2019

The Pullman Strike of 1894 Explained: US History Review

Keith Hughes on Jun 3, 2014

Join me as we take a look at a pivot strike in US History, the Pullman Strike of 1894. Perfect for inquisitive learners, students of the social studies and the cray cray on the internets.

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday by Walter Brasch + History of Labor Day

LC-DIG-nclc-01581

Image by Children’s Bureau Centennial via Flickr

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published September 7, 2009
September 3, 2018

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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Labor History: The Pullman Strike of 1894

940626-walker-chicagoblockade-harpersweekly-color.jpg
By Galtzaurdin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 4, 2017
September 2, 2018

The Pullman Strike of 1894 Explained: US History Review

Keith Hughes on Jun 3, 2014

Join me as we take a look at a pivot strike in US History, the Pullman Strike of 1894. Perfect for inquisitive learners, students of the social studies and the cray cray on the internets.

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The Pullman Strike of 1894

940626-walker-chicagoblockade-harpersweekly-color.jpg
By Galtzaurdin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Dandelion Salad

The Pullman Strike of 1894 Explained: US History Review

Keith Hughes on Jun 3, 2014

Join me as we take a look at a pivot strike in US History, the Pullman Strike of 1894. Perfect for inquisitive learners, students of the social studies and the cray cray on the internets.

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday by Walter Brasch + History of Labor Day

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Image by Children’s Bureau Centennial via Flickr

In memory of Walter Brasch, who died earlier this year. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and readers. ~ Lo

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published September 7, 2009
September 4, 2017

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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Labor Day Matters by Ralph Nader

Fight for $15 on 4/15

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Sept. 4, 2015
Originally posted Sept. 5, 2015
September 5, 2016

Here’s an experiment to try this holiday weekend. Quiz your friends, family and acquaintances on the meaning of Labor Day. You might be surprised by the answers you hear. To many, the true meaning of Labor Day has been unfortunately lost―it’s merely a three-day vacation weekend, unless you work in retail, in which case it is, ironically, a day of work and “special” sales.

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday by Walter Brasch (repost)

LC-DIG-nclc-01581

Image by Children’s Bureau Centennial via Flickr

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
Originally published September 7, 2009
September 7, 2015

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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Labor Day Matters by Ralph Nader

Interfaith Workers Rally to Raise the Minimum Wage

Image by uusc4all via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Sept. 4, 2015
September 5, 2015

Here’s an experiment to try this holiday weekend. Quiz your friends, family and acquaintances on the meaning of Labor Day. You might be surprised by the answers you hear. To many, the true meaning of Labor Day has been unfortunately lost―it’s merely a three-day vacation weekend, unless you work in retail, in which case it is, ironically, a day of work and “special” sales.

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (2014)

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Updated: Sept. 15, 2017

George Moore Films on May 28, 2014

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Robert Tressell banner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This film was shot mostly in four days, on zero-budget, by (at the time) 16 year old director George Moore.

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