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Ben
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Ben O (140)
Tuesday May 1, 2018, 6:43 am
The history of the world holiday on the 1st May - May Day, or International Workers Day, held in commemoration of four anarchists executed for struggling for an 8-hour day.
Originally a pagan holiday, the roots of the modern May Day bank holiday are in the fight for the eight-hour working day in Chicago in 1886, and the subsequent execution of innocent anarchist workers.

In 1887, four Chicago anarchists were executed; a fifth cheated the hangman by killing himself in prison. Three more were to spend 6 years in prison until pardoned by Governor Altgeld who said the trial that convicted them was characterised by "hysteria, packed juries and a biased judge". The state had, in the words of the prosecution put "Anarchy is on trial" and hoped their deaths would also be the death of the anarchist idea.

The anarchists were trade union organisers and May Day became an international workers day to remember their sacrifice. They were framed on false charges of throwing a bomb at police breaking up a demonstration in Chicago. This was part of a strike demanding an 8 hour day involving 400,000 workers in Chicago that started May 1st 1886 .
It began over a century ago when the American Federation of Labour adopted an historic resolution which asserted that "eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labour from and after May 1st, 1886"...
https://libcom.org/history/1886-haymarket-martyrs-mayday
 

Christeen A (342)
Tuesday May 1, 2018, 6:51 am
You to Ben.
 

Angela K (379)
Tuesday May 1, 2018, 7:45 am
For you too dear Ben....greetings from Kenya to Sweden :-)
 

MmAway M (514)
Tuesday May 1, 2018, 8:45 am
"How to Celebrate International Workers’ Day

This day was always meant to celebrate the work of the everyday man, so if you’ve been feeling a bit underappreciated recently, today is the day for you to do what you feel like doing and treat yourself! Take the day off (if it’s not a day off work in your country of residence) and go do something you want to do for a change. Has it been ages since you visited the mountains? Pack a lunch and spend the day enjoying nature and the view from the peak you decide to conquer. Has your back been causing you increasing discomfort recently? Time to make an appointment with a good masseuse! And if it’s been forever since you took the time to make yourself a decent meal, today is the perfect day to buy all of the ingredients you need and spend as much time as you need cooking something delicious and nutritious. If you’re feeling a bit more politically inclined, you could attend one of the many rallies or marches organized in many cities worldwide dedicated to raising awareness about wages and working conditions. After, the first step towards making any kind of change is making people aware of the issue!"

Thank you Ben!
 

Melania P (123)
Tuesday May 1, 2018, 6:49 pm
For you all as well!
 

TOM T (248)
Wednesday May 2, 2018, 8:51 am
TOTALLY AWESOME !! Thank You for Sharing .....
Thanks
 

S J (130)
Thursday May 3, 2018, 6:16 am
Meows Ben
 

Marija M (28)
Thursday May 3, 2018, 6:23 am
It was very relaxed day, Ben. Thank you very much.
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday May 5, 2018, 2:43 am
Thanks Ben
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday May 5, 2018, 10:00 pm
Thanks again
 
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