May Day celebration and oppression

This video from Occupy London in England is called OCCUPY MAY DAY – PROMO.

May Day has been celebrated in London since the 1880s. The London May Day Organsing Committee(LMDOC) has ensured this key day of international solidarity is marked every year on 1st May. The celebrations have maintained the traditions of unity and solidarity in London: here.

USA: Occupy Wall Street Last-Minute May Day Checklist: here. Live blogging: here.

Chicago to Welcome a Militarized May Day? Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: “If there is going to be a dress rehearsal for the coming NATO summit in Chicago, May Day is it…. It will also, coincidentally or not, be the first day that police in ‘battle’ dress hit the streets to prepare for the summit. Operation Red Zone, a security perimeter around … where the summits will be held … will be patrolled by federal law enforcement carrying ‘non-lethal’ guns beginning Tuesday”: here.

Noam Chomsky | May Day. Noam Chomsky, Zuccotti Park Press: “People seem to know about May Day everywhere except where it began, here in the United States of America. That’s because those in power have done everything they can to erase its real meaning. For example, Ronald Reagan designated what he called ‘Law Day’ – a day of jingoist fanaticism, like an extra twist of the knife in the labor movement. Today, there is a renewed awareness, energized by the Occupy movement‘s organizing, around May Day, and its relevance for reform and perhaps eventual revolution”: here.

Ahead of May Day, David Harvey Details Urban Uprisings From Occupy Wall Street to the Paris Commune. Amy Goodman, Democracy NOW!: “On Tuesday, May 1st, known as May Day or International Workers’ Day, Occupy Wall Street protesters hope to mobilize tens of thousands of people across the country under the slogan, ‘General Strike. No Work. No Shopping. Occupy Everywhere.’ Events are planned in 125 cities. We speak with leading social theorist David Harvey, distinguished professor of anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, about how Occupy Wall Street compares to other large-scale grassroots movements throughout modern history”: here.

Occupy Oakland, Workers Back Off May Day Plan to Shut Down Golden Gate Bridge. Susie Cagle, AlterNet: “May Day protest actions are planned across the region, state and nation, but many eyes are on the flashpoint of Occupy Oakland, where organizers say ‘traditional labor and precarious workers will strike together for the first time’ at Occupy’s call. ‘It’s an interesting convergence of unorganized labor and the Occupy movement creating this pressure and momentum that encourages the rank and file to plan strikes on this day,’ said Steven Angell, an organizer with Occupy Oakland”: here.

May Day in Greece: here.

2 thoughts on “May Day celebration and oppression

  1. Pingback: British May Day reports | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: Mother Jones, United States workers’ rights fighter | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.