One hundred and twenty-five years ago, the international working class movement launched its own holiday – International Workers Day, known commonly as May Day and celebrated on May 1st.
With its origins in the Australian and U.S. workers’ movement – specifically, the Chicago Haymarket Massacre – International Workers Day was proclaimed by the Second (Socialist) International as part of the trans-continental campaign for the eight-hour working day.
May Day in History
A Selection of May Day 2014 Events in the United States:
- Chicago – Sponsored by the Service Employees International Union with participation from the CGT (France), plus the annual march for immigration justice.
- New York City – Occupy Bank of America, from Global Climate Convergence
- Miami, FL – Workers rights / history of May Day
- Gainesville, FL – Workers rights, potluck and cultural performances, solidarity picket
- Milwaukee, WI – Workers, immigrants and students rights
- Anti-Capitalist Radio (online)