Thursday, May 1, 2008

A friendly reminder

Today's May Day.

If you're curious about the origins of May Day, read here. It may well be the most ancient religious festival worldwide - primarily a homage to fertility goddesses as well as the renewal of life that we see in the spring time.

In more modern times, May Day is significant as the original labor day, and is tied with the struggle by organized labor movements to get the 8-hour work day that many of us take for granted recognized.

I've been reading John Ross' book Murdered By Capitalism, in which the author discusses the labor movement in US history, I was reminded that by the middle of the 20th century May 1 was officially designated "Law Day" making us unique in that we're supposed to celebrate those who smashed organized efforts to improve labor conditions. That's not even getting into the Crawford Caligula's designation of May 1 as "Loyalty Day" (let's celebrate the displacement of workers around the globe thanks to US-hatched 'free trade' policies).

This is a day usually marked by organized protests. If there's something in your area, check it out. If not, surely there is something you can do to educate those around you.

Also should mention that today marks the second anniversary of the blog The Unapologetic Mexican. Keep on doing your thang, Nezua.

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