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The History and Memory of International Workers Day: 133 Years of Militant Tradition Across the World
International Workers Day on May 1 (May Day) marks the anniversary of the 1886 strike when thousands of workers across America walked off the job to demand the eight-hour workday.
In 2006, the meaning of May Day was reborn as millions marched across the U.S. for the legalization of undocumented immigrant workers. This movement, at the height of Bush-era racism, defeated the anti-immigrant bill HR 4437, a proposal that would have criminalized all 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and anyone who aided them.
Join us for a discussion about the history of this holiday and the role it plays in our struggles today.
Suggested background info:
* The story of the first May Day (https://socialistworker.org/2012/05/01/story-of-the-first-may-day)
* Solidarity: The Meaning of May Day (Video) (https://wearemany.org/v/solidarity-meaning-of-mayday)
* Strikes, Protests, and Revolutionaries: The First May Day (Audio) (https://wearemany.org/a/2017/08/strikes-protests-and-revolutionaries-first-may-day)