Tuesday, May 01, 2007


From Wikipedia:

In the United States, May Day is officially observed as Loyalty Day.

"May Day" also refers to various socialist and labor movement celebrations conducted on May 1, unrelated to the traditional celebrations, to commemorate the Haymarket martyrs of 1886 and the international socialist movement generally. The latter event is an important holiday in Communist and Socialist countries.

In recent years, London based group the Space Hijackers have held events on May Day. These include Mayday Anarchists vs Members of Parliament Cricket in 2005, and a Police Victory Party in 2006. In 2007 the group plan a "Suited and Booted" party in the City of London, the financial centre of London.

In addition, May Day in the United States is commonly regarded — at least by certain groups — as a commemoration of the execution of the Haymarket martyrs who were arrested after the Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago, Illinois, which occurred on May 4, but was the culmination of labor unrest which began on May 1. The date consequently became established as an anarchist and socialist holiday during the 20th century, and in these circles it is often known as International Workers' Day or Labour Day. In this form, May Day has become an international celebration of the social and economic achievements of the working class and labor movement.

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Needless to say, I stand in solidarity with all movements of social liberation and justice, worldwide. Power to the people!

Karl Marx