Today, almost every major industrial nation is celebrating International Workers’ Day, a holiday based on the 1886 Haymarket Riot by immigrant workers in Chicago. It was a major historical event which involved freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to free assembly, the right to a fair trial by a jury of peers and the right of workers to organize and fight for things like the eight-hour day. It should be a huge celebration here too.
Let’s support our sister Indivisible groups and gather for a rally and die-in to express our anger regarding all the people in our district who will lose coverage under the new plan.
Savage votes demand a visceral response. Bring tombstone style signs with your message if you want to participate in the die-in. Also, folks in vampire costume (representing Congressional cronies who suck the most vulnerable members of our community dry) are needed.
Zombies are welcome too, because this bill was dead on arrival. We do not buy the story about what a good guy he is for adding $8 billion dollars to a pre-existing conditions pool.
We take our collective hats off to anyone that learns English as a second language…
Let’s consider the phrase “May Day”: If the space between the words were to become lost, it becomes an expression of distress.
If you were a child of the 60’s, May Day was the strange yearly ritual that required your whole class being assembled around a May pole, each of you clutching an attached ribbon, ready to find out which one of your classmates didn’t understand the concept of weaving in and out.
Its story started with thousands of overworked and underappreciated immigrants (in this case, Germans and Bohemians) unionizing and striking for an eight hour workday.
What started as peaceful protests ended in disaster, with a massacre of both police and workers and a trial that ended with four innocent men being executed.
The story marks the subsequent growth of labor unions and May 1, 1886, as the date the eight hour work day we take for granted became standard, an improvement paid for by the deaths of over a dozen people.
Now as we live in a time of diminishing unions and workdays that never seem to end, we still will march for our immigrants.
All of us. Todos Nosotros.
Here are some places to go to support our local immigrants on May 1…
We all want to be in the habit of doing our weekly Indivisible Ventura actions. But it’s hard to take down the Trump Agenda if we feel like we’re acting alone.
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