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ON MAY 1, workers across the globe will demonstrate, attend meetings and go on strike in celebration of International Workers Day, a working-class holiday with origins in the U.S. more than a century ago.
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), founded in 1905 by socialists, anarcho-syndicalists and militant trade unionists, declared that it would celebrate May Day annually. On the eve of May Day in 1907, the IWW's Industrial Union Bulletin declared: Labor Day has completely lost its class character. The very fact that "Labor Day" was legally, formally and officially established by the capitalist class itself, through its organized government, took the "starch" out of it: destroyed its class character...The first of May has not been disgraced, contaminated and blasphemed by capital's official sanction and approval, as has Labor Day. The capitalist class can never be a friend of May Day; it will ever be its enemy. Though smaller in scale, May Day continued to be a reference point for working class militants in the U.S. And in the period before and during the First World War, its significance grew as a day of marking international working class solidarity in opposition to militarism and imperialist war.
Originally posted by Germanicus
reply to post by beezzer
Yes,kind of from what I have read. It was a global day where the Worker's of the world stand in solidarity against the Capitalist Oligarchy.
A day to make specific demands.
Edit-like the 8 hour working day for example.edit on 26-4-2012 by Germanicus because: (no reason given)
Radical organizations, including active communist and revolutionary socialist organizations, were the driving force organizing the immigration boycott rally at Union Square in New York City on Monday. WND attended the event and took over 350 photographs documenting the effort by the radical political left to deliver an anti-American, anti-imperialist message under the guise of an “immigration rights” rally.