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Facts About May Day—I’d Be Fine With A Big General Strike, But I Don’t See It Happening

HAPPY MAY DAY!

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HAPPY MAY DAY!

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MAYDAY! MAYDAY!

(Photo above by Martin Hartland)

Tomorrow is May Day.

Here are some facts about May Day from The Huffington Post

“Although it’s not recognized in the U.S. or Canada, May Day is one of the biggest bank holidays elsewhere in the world.

While it conjures up images of maypoles and folk dances, the holiday has gone through a radical transformation over the centuries. Originally a pagan celebration called Beltane (which translates roughly to “day of fire”), May Day is observed as “Labor Day” or “International Workers’ Day” in many countries, and organized street demonstrations and marches by working people and their labor unions are common.”

Here is an explanation of different ways May Day is observed around the world.

May Day is a day of working people’s empowerment in much of the world.

There are protests taking place in the U.S. this year on May Day. Many of these protests are taking place in conjunction with the Occupy movement.

There has in some cases been talk of a “general strike” and other dramatic actions.

While I’ve not at all given up on Occupy, I’ve seen nothing to back up the most aggressive claims of what will take place on May Day here in U.S.

I’ll be quite happy to be proven wrong— Yet until that time I’m not going to promote stuff that is way beyond any reasonable expectation of what will really take place.

There are always plenty of solid reasons to be hopeful. Big talk that leads to small actions does not promote hope.

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April 30, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

1 Comment »

  1. Here’s a little primer on the distress signal “Mayday.”

    I didn’t know it’s derived from “m’aider” — “help me.”

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | May 1, 2012


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