2015 May Day; International Workers Day, List Of 100 Countries Celebrating Workers Day On May 1st

2015 May Day; International Workers Day, List Of Countries Celebrating Workers Day On May 1st

What does May Day mean to you? Do pictures of children dancing around the May pole come up for you?

Does anything else come up?

Have you ever participated in a May Day parade, celebration, or protest?

If not, why not?


What Is May Day? International Workers Day RR


Over 50% of young people are out of work in Greece and America, as well as other countries were the debts are rising stratospherically. Politicians have for the most part focused on bailing out the 1%, not the 99%. Today, many people are protesting this focus on a trickle down theory, instead of giving assistance directly to the people who need the help the most. The trickle down theory is not working. The ‘Austerity Program’ is also not working, as debts keep increasing, and QE programs help only the richest 1%. 
Iceland Bailed Out Workers And Unions, Not Too Big To Fail Banksters; via @AGreenRoad
Iceland Bailed Out People Instead Of Banksters; Is Now Doing Much Better Than EU, or US; via @AGreenRoad

Wikipedia; “International Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day in some places, is a celebration of laborers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labor movement and occurs every year on May Day

1 May, an ancient European spring holiday.[1][2] The date was chosen for International Workers’ Day by the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which occurred in Chicago on 4 May 1886.[2] This Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.[3]

The Haymarket affair (also known as the Haymarket massacre or Haymarket riot) was the aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration on Tuesday May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square[2] in Chicago. It began as a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day and in reaction to the killing of several workers the previous day by the police. An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they acted to disperse the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians; scores of others were wounded.
Being a traditional European spring celebration, May Day is a national public holiday in many countries, but in only some of those countries is it celebrated specifically as “Labour Day” or “International Workers’ Day”. Some countries celebrate a Labour Day on other dates significant to them, such as the United States which celebrates Labor Day on the first Monday of September.
1 May was chosen to be International Workers’ Day in order to commemorate the 4 May, 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. The police were trying to disperse a public assembly during a general strike for the eight-hour workday, The police fired on the workers, killing four demonstrators.[8][9]
Socialists in Union Square, N.Y.C. on 1 May, 1912
In the United States, efforts to switch Labor Day from September to 1 May have not been successful. In 1921, following the Russian Revolution of 1917, 1 May was promoted as “Americanization Day” by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and other groups in opposition to communism. It became an annual event, sometimes featuring large rallies. In 1949, Americanization Day was renamed to Loyalty Day. In 1958, the U.S. Congress declared Loyalty Day, the U.S. recognition of 1 May, a national holiday; that same year, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed 1 May Law Day as well.
Unions and union locals in the United States — especially in urban areas with strong support for organised labour — have maintained a connection with labour traditions through their own unofficial observances on 1 May.

Some of the largest examples of this occurred during the Great Depression of the 1930s, when hundreds of thousands of workers marched in May Day parades in New York’s Union Square. Radical organisations including anarchist groups and socialist and communist parties have kept the May Day tradition alive with rallies and demonstrations in such cities as New York, Chicago and Seattle, often with major union backing.[28][29][30]

San Jose, California, May Day March, 1 May 2006
In 2006, 1 May was chosen by mostly Latino immigrant groups in the United States as the day for the Great American Boycott, a general strike of undocumented immigrant workers and supporters to protest H.R. 4437, immigration reform legislation which they felt was draconian. From 10 April to 1 May of that year, millions of immigrant families in the U.S. called for immigrant rights, workers rights and amnesty for undocumented workers. 
They were joined by socialist and other leftist organizations on 1 May.[31][32] On 1 May, 2007, a mostly peaceful demonstration in Los Angeles in support of undocumented immigrant workers ended with a widely televised dispersal by police officers.

In March 2008, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced that dockworkers will move no cargo at any West Coast ports on 1 May, 2008, as a protest against the continuation of the Iraq War and the diversion of resources from domestic needs.[33] 
For May Day 2010, marches were being planned in many cities uniting immigrant and native workers including New York,[34][35] San Francisco,[36] Boston,[37] Albany[38] Chicago and Los Angeles most of whom protested against the Arizona Senate Bill 1070[39]
On 1 May, 2012, members of Occupy Wall Street and labour unions held protests together in a number of cities in the United States and Canada to commemorate May Day and to protest the state of the economy and economic inequality.[40][41]


May Day demonstration in Vienna, Austria, 1 May 2013

Norway’s former Prime MinisterJens Stoltenberg gives his 1 May speech in Oslo, Norway

1 May has been an important part of Swedish history since the late 19th century. The day was made a public holiday in 1938 but had been celebrated by the Swedish Social Democratic Party and the left since 1890. The first May Day celebration gathered more than 50,000 people in central Stockholm. The crowd went to hear speeches by the leading figures in theSwedish labour movement such as Hjalmar Branting (later prime minister), August Palm andHinke Bergegren. During World War I the demonstrations mainly had a peace message and the Liberal Party also joined the demonstrations. The 8-hour working day and women’s suffrage were the principal themes during the troubled times after World War I.
The May Day demonstrations are still an important part of Swedish politics for the social democrats, left-wing parties and unions who use May Day to discuss their politics. In Stockholm the Social Democratic Party always marches towards Norra Bantorget, the centre of the Swedish labour movement, to hold speeches in front of the headquarters of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, while the smaller Left Party marches in larger numbers[64] towards Kungsträdgården.
Swedish Social Democratic Party at May Day demonstration in Stockholm,Sweden in 2006. The party has dominated Swedish politics for nearly a century. The Trade union palace in Stockholm is seen at the end of the picture.
For a long list of the 100 countries celebrate May Day,




MAY DAY EVERYDAY, The broken mosaic by Kevin D. Blanch 5/1/2015


Most people have no clue what May 1st symbolizes or what people coming together in this type of celebration are pointing at. In America, May 1st has come to be known as an Anti Communist celebration day, and has nothing to do with workers. Now that the US is best friends with Communist China and Vietnam, what is it going to celebrate? 
Communist China Winning Trade, Resource, Renewables, Job And Influence War Against USA, Without A Shot Being Fired
In other countries the celebrations and demonstrations are pro LABOR, pro WORKER and pro 99%, anti 1%. For example, in protests today, large numbers of people in Greece protested against the 1% cutting back social programs and safety net features, including pensions and bank account balances. 
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