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March On Mayday 2017
May 1st is an international working class holiday
Mayday has a long history. It began as a commemoration of the Haymarket Massacre. In 1886, a general strike was called by the unions in Chicago as part of the fight for the eight hour working day. As a part of the day’s activities, a rally was held at Haymarket Square. The police attacked the rally and several workers were killed as well as some police. As a result, criminal charges were brought against the leadership of the unions in Chicago and several of them were hung.
In the 1930’s, workers marched on Mayday to fight the rise of fascism and to stop lynching in the US. On Mayday, 1945, the red flag of revolution was raised over the Reichstag in Berlin by soldiers signifying the defeat of fascism and the end of World War II in Europe. In the late 1980’s millions of workers in South Africa marched on Mayday to help bring down the apartheid regime there. Today, march against the growing fascist movement emboldened by Trump’s election. Connect on facebook here.