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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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 Haymarket Riot: “It is a Subterranean Fire” by Elizabeth Schulte

Geneva, 1 May 2014 (general strike)

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Dandelion Salad
Originally published on April 30, 2011

by Elizabeth Schulte
SocialistWorker.org, April 29, 2011
April 30, 2018

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.

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The Brief Origins of May Day by Eric Chase

Occupy May Day 2012

Image by brent granby via Flickr

Dandelion Salad
Originally published May 1, 2015

Republished with permission from IWW

by Eric Chase
IWW, 1993
May 1, 2017

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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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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Federal Government Squeezes Workers, Bloats Pentagon by Carl Lewis + May Day: Struggle For A Mass Strike!

Mural of workers holding placards

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Dandelion Salad

by Carl Lewis
Workers World
March 23, 2017

A recent hiring freeze for federal employees is one of a barrage of anti-worker laws and executive orders recently put forth by the Trump administration. These serve as a cover-up for gutting the people’s social safety net, on the way to implementing brutal capitalist austerity.

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The Incomplete and Wonderful History of May Day

Occupy May Day 2012

Image by brent granby via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

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.

Continue reading

The Brief Origins of May Day by Eric Chase

Occupy May Day 2012

Image by brent granby via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

Republished with permission from IWW

by Eric Chase
IWW, 1993
April 30, 2016

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.

Continue reading

The Brief Origins of May Day by Eric Chase

Occupy May Day 2012

Image by brent granby via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

Republished with permission from IWW

by Eric Chase
IWW, 1993
May 1, 2015

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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The Haymarket Riot: “It is a Subterranean Fire” by Elizabeth Schulte (repost)

Dandelion Salad

Repost from April 30, 2011

May Day

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by Elizabeth Schulte
SocialistWorker.org, April 29, 2011
May 1, 2014

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. Continue reading

Keystone XL Pipeline Civil Disobedience

Tar Sands Blockade N19

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Dandelion Salad

CIMC on Jun 2, 2013

In this episode, we’ll see a short documentary about activists and landowners joining forces to stop the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. We’ll also go to recent protest activities in Chicago, including those opposing the corporate control of food, a proposed buyout of the Tribune company’s newspapers, and a commemoration of May Day.

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The Haymarket Riot: “It is a Subterranean Fire” by Elizabeth Schulte (repost)

Dandelion Salad

Repost

May Day

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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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Immortal Technique: We Need to Embrace Our Humanity More

Dandelion Salad

Immortal Technique

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May 30, 2012 by

Hip-hop artist Immortal Technique is a self-described social guerrilla. Felipe Coronel is the real name of the Peruvian-born, Harlem-raised political activist who raps about politics, religion and racism. Since the genesis of the OWS movement, Tech has been an active voice for the cause, and on July 10 a documentary will be released showing his everyday life. He now joins us with more on his beliefs and his work.

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Bill Moyers and Company: Tom Morello, Troubadour for Justice + RATM: Wake up + Springsteen & Morello: Ghost Of Tom Joad

Dandelion Salad

http://billmoyers.com
May 18, 2012

Songs of social protest — music and the quest for justice — have long been intertwined, and the troubadours of troubling times — Guthrie, Seeger, Baez, Dylan, and Springsteen among them — have become famous for their dedication to both. Now we can add a name to the ranks of those who lift their voices for social and economic justice: Tom Morello.

Morello is the Harvard-educated guitarist who dabbled in politics, then chose rock music to make a difference. He played guitar for the popular band he co-founded — Rage Against the Machine — and then for Audioslave. Rolling Stone chose his album “World Wide Rebel Songs” as one of the best of 2011, and named him one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

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Chris Hedges’ talk May Day at OWS: Overthrow the Corporate State!

Occupy May Day 2012

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with Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
May 3, 2012

May 3, 2012 by

Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges spoke on why the Occupy Movement is so important.

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