Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy May Day, 2010



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.

A couple years ago, I read John Ross' book Murdered By Capitalism, in which the author discusses the labor movement in US history. In that book, 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 Bush II's attempt last decade to dub May 1 as "Loyalty Day" (let's celebrate the displacement of workers around the globe thanks to US-hatched 'free trade' policies). This year's May Day finds workers around the world facing more uncertainty than ever in modern times. We would do well to remember that fact, and to remember that conditions are not likely to improve for us unless we're willing to stand up and demand better conditions.

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 - if nothing else you might have kids, grandkids, etc. who would be willing to learn something about the historical significance of this particular calendar day.

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

Note: images nicked from wondercomments.com and Media Re:public, respectively to capture both ancient and modern meanings of May Day.

Update: Here was the May Day scene in NYC.  Looks very well-attended (h/t skippy).

Friday, April 30, 2010

Breaking

Word on the street is that the Oklahoma Attorney General has issued a temporary restraining order on what is presumably the ultrasound law passed earlier this week by the OK legislature, as part of its efforts to have the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the US. Certainly for pro-choice advocates in this state such as myself, such news is welcome indeed. Stay tuned for developments if rumor turns out to be for real...

A quick tour through the eegeehood

Neither I nor Nanette have done this in a long time. Used to be that one of us would go through the 'hood and see what was going on. For old time's sake, and for the sake of timeliness, I thought I'd take a quick stroll.

First off, you'll notice that this blog has been barely updated. I'm terribly busy, so finding time is a bit of a challenge. Hopefully the dust will settle in a few weeks or a few months.

The eegeehood was named after Manuel's blog, Man Eeegee. You should check out what's over there. He lives in Arizona, which is currently Ground Zero for those battling the forces of nativist hatred. Among other items, he has some info on this Saturday's upcoming May 1st marches in Arizona.

Nezua, who runs The Unapologetic Mexican, has quite a bit on his mind as well. Start with Arizona Loses Illusions and Blows Own Cover, and work your way through the rest of his work.

Over at Citizen Orange, the crew is keeping a watchful eye on how Obama and ICE handle Arizona's draconian new anti-immigration law.

Although there isn't a lot new over at Nanette's blog, Human Beams, she does have an entry from earlier this year about how you can help out the homeless.

Xicanopwr reminds us that La Raza Will Not Be Silenced!

Smartypants covers The People's Climate Change Summit.

Yesterday was a snow day for catnip, and she did some catching up on various and sundry news items.

Maybe more as time permits.