Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Happy May Day 2013: International Workers' Holiday

IWW: The Brief Origins of May Day

Ahead of May Day, David Harvey Details Urban Uprisings from Occupy Wall Street to the Paris Commune (Democracy Now)

Peter Linebaugh: The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day (Revolution By the Book)

Seeing Red Radio: A Musical Celebration of May Day

Noam Chomsky: Labor History and Anarchism (repost) + May Day Started Here (Dandelion Salad)

Anarkismo: Mayday. Remembering the past, fighting for tomorrow

School of the Seasons: Pagan Roots of May Day

Events Around the World (as I see them -- feel free to leave reports in the comments):

May Day Protests Worldwide Oppose Austerity, Exploitation
Protests are being held around the world on this May 1st to mark May Day, or International Worker’s Day. In Bangladesh, thousands of workers marched through central Dhaka to demand workplace safety following last week’s factory collapse where more than 400 people died — mostly female garment workers. Across Europe, thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest austerity measures that have cut wages, benefits and social services. In Greece, train and ferry service has been canceled as public sector workers take part in a series of strikes and rallies. In Turkey, riot police fired water cannons at a large crowd of demonstrators in Istanbul. In Spain, more than 80 protests are being held nationwide. And here in the United States, the Occupy Wall Street movement is planning a series of New York City actions including a "Rally for Labor & Citizen’s Rights" at City Hall.

May Day Protests Shut Down Central Jakarta (Jakarta Globe)

Jerry Ashton: Is Occupy Successfully Answering the May Day Call for Help? (Huffington Post)

Sarah Sachelli: May Day parade brings labour history to life (with video)."

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