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It's International Workers Day

FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
edited May 2012 in Social Entropy++
It's also may day, but who cares about maypoles and flowers and stuff? Today, pathetic fuckers in low-wage jobs everywhere celebrate the fact that lots of people don't think they're scum! Unless you're super rich or permanently unemployed, labor laws and practices are relevant to your immediate interests! And even if you are one of those things, they should still be important because human decency.

"International Workers' Day is the commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, which occurred after an unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they dispersed a public assembly during a general strike for the eight-hour workday. In response, the Chicago police fired on the workers killing dozens of demonstrators and several of their own officers.[1][2][3][4] In 1889, the first congress of the Second International, meeting in Paris for the centennial of the French Revolution and the Exposition Universelle, following a proposal by Raymond Lavigne, called for international demonstrations on the 1890 anniversary of the Chicago protests.[5] May Day was formally recognized as an annual event at the International's second congress in 1891.[citation needed]

Subsequently, the May Day Riots of 1894 occurred. In 1904, the International Socialist Conference meeting in Amsterdam called on "all Social Democratic Party organizations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on May First for the legal establishment of the 8-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace." The congress made it "mandatory upon the proletarian organizations of all countries to stop work on May 1, wherever it is possible without injury to the workers."[6]

In many countries, the working classes sought to make May Day an official holiday, and their efforts largely succeeded. May Day has long been a focal point for demonstrations by various socialist, communist and anarchist groups. In some circles, bonfires are lit in commemoration of the Haymarket martyrs, usually at dawn.[7] May Day has been an important official holiday in countries such as the People's Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba and the former Soviet Union. May Day celebrations typically feature elaborate popular and military parades in these countries."

You guys can probably all guess how I feel about agitating for labor reform, so lets hear it for the history of the unimportant man, the marginalized dude, the hardworking lady, and all of the vast swathes of sweaty, determined people that make society work

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