HAYMARKET MARTYRS

History has a lot to teach the average working American about the roots of their Industrial past. Many pour scorn on the protests of Greek, French and Chinese workforces for demanding a fair days wage.  They should remember that americans were shot so they could have the 8-hour day; acknowledge that homes with families in them were burned to the ground so the workers could have Saturday as part of the weekend; then recall 8-year old victims of industrial accidents who marched in the streets protesting working conditions and child labour only to be beat down by the police and company thugs. Then they will understand that current working conditions cannot be taken for granted – people fought for the rights and dignities that many enjoy today, and there is still a lot more to fight for. The sacrifices of so many people should not be forgotten or workers will end up fighting for those same gains all over again. This is why Americans should celebrate May Day.

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“THE DAY WILL COME WHEN OUR SILENCE WILL BE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE VOICES YOU ARE THROTTLING TODAY.”

 

http://www.iww.org/history/library/misc/origins_of_mayday

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