[east oakland, ca may day 2013.]
may 1st is a day where worker’s, their families and their comrades rise up to demand better wages, hours, conditions and essentially, greater freedom. this expression of worker’s struggle was born in australia on april 21st, 1856 when workers stopped their exploitative work, went out in the streets and demanded an 8 hour work day. this struggle and this demand got replicated later by 200,000 workers in the streets of the the u.s. on may 1st, 1886. obviously, it was followed by the police smashing that shit for the state will always try to repress any tactic for our liberation. regardless of the state’s continued violence against us, they continued and we will continue to rise until we are met with freedom.
may day is now a day of global worker recognition. there is no time that worker’s aren’t struggling for our dignity, our time and our liberation. whether we’re struggling for
- better working conditions like the garment workers in bangladesh,
- higher wages and shorter work days like the hong kong dock workers (who have been on strike for 36 days now w/o a union fund supporting them!)
- getting paid (and not getting fucking shot at) for our backbreaking work like the migrant pakistani and bangladeshi strawberry workers in greece,
- greater security against unjust firings, I-9 audits (silent raids) and union complacency like the 125 undocumented workers who were fired en masse at the dobake industrial bakeries in oakland, ca after working there for 10-20 years.
we are always in struggle.
may day is a day to bring forth our awareness as workers, as unemployed, as oppressed peoples that our struggle is connected and that those who try to break us can be broken.
"The first of May demanded the introduction of the eight-hour day. But even after this goal was reached, May Day was not given up. As long as the struggle of the workers against the bourgeoisie and the ruling class continues, as long as all demands are not met, May Day will be the yearly expression of these demands. And, when better days dawn, when the working class of the world has won its deliverance then too humanity will probably celebrate May Day in honor of the bitter struggles and the many sufferings of the past."- rosa luxemburg
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