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Series | The Haymarket frame-up and the origins of May Day, Part 3

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Editor%20Comment%20graphic_0.jpg WSWS Editor's Note: We are republishing here a series of articles that originally appeared in April 1986 under the title “One hundred years since the Haymarket frameup.” The articles were published in the Bulletin, the newspaper of the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.
  • The first two parts of this three-part series were posted here (Part 1) and here (Part 2).

Walter Gilberti, World Socialist Web Site

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https://www.wsws.org/en/media/photos/legacy/2009may/m13-hay3-mcco-480.jpg  A depiction of the conflict outside the McCormick Reaper Works on May 3, 1886,

13 May 2009 | The ruling class was preparing for violence on the first May Day, but there was none. Instead, May 1,1886, was a historic culmination of the struggle for the eight-hour day.

More than 350,000 workers struck 11,562 establishments nationwide. In Chicago, 40,000 workers struck and another 45,000 were granted the eight-hour day without striking. Eighty thousand workers marched arm-in-arm down Michigan Avenue, led by Albert and Lucy Parsons and their children.

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Wealth Belongs To All Of Us – Not Just To The Rich

  • The rich rely on us. They rely on our cooperation. They are nothing without us. As Martin Luther King said, “a man can’t ride your back unless it is bent”. It is time to stand up. We all can share the wealth.
  • From Fight for $15 to the Verizon Strike: We Must Protect Workers' Right to Walk Out

Dariel Garner, Popular Resistance

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https://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Inequality.jpgMay 8th, 2016 | Like Bill Gates, George Soros, Warren Buffett and H. Ross Perot, but not as lofty, I was once called a “self-made man.” I was an entrepreneur who had co-founded over forty businesses in my career and had accumulated wealth that put me well within the top 0.01 of 1%. If people had something good to say about me, they would say I was a “marketing genius” and that I had the “Midas touch”; everything I touched turned to gold.

One afternoon I was signing some paychecks when I noticed how many people would only be paid  $20,000 in a year. I would “earn” the same amount in an hour. Why me? Was my effort really worth that much more? Wasn’t I really the same person that had worked as a janitor while attending college? Being a CEO and co-owner of a business certainly wasn’t any harder or riskier than being a janitor; if anything, being the boss left a lot more time for fun.

Dariel Garner was a member of the wealthiest 0.01 of 1%. He is the inspiration for Billionaire Buddha, a novel by Rivera Sun about a man who had incredible riches, turned his back on wealth and found everything worth living for. He speaks, holds workshops on wealth and income inequality and blogs at riverasun.com

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From Fight for $15 to the Verizon Strike: We Must Protect Workers' Right to Walk Out, Alex Gourevitch, The Guardian / Portside 

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  • Strikes can be legally threatening and socially disruptive. But in the absence of any serious, social efforts to change the economy, it is perfectly reasonable for workers to defend their interests. So long as the economy is as radically unequal and oppressive as it is, workers have a right to strike. They have that right just the way anyone facing oppression has a right to resist it.
  • Related: Wealth Belongs To All Of Us – Not Just To The Rich

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Series | The Haymarket frame-up and the origins of May Day, Part 2

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Editor%20Comment%20graphic_0.jpgWSWS Editor's Note: We are republishing here a series of articles that originally appeared in April 1986 under the title “One hundred years since the Haymarket frameup.” The articles were published in the Bulletin, the newspaper of the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.
  • The first part of this three-part series was posted here.

Walter Gilberti, World Socialist Web Site

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12 May 2009 | The political outlook advanced in the “Chicago Idea” and championed by Albert Parsons and August Spies at the Pittsburgh Conference of 1883, anticipated the later development of anarcho-syndicalism.

It was their conception that the trade unions could serve only as organizations of revolutionary struggle for the overthrow of capitalism, and not for the acquisition of piecemeal economic concessions. The “Chicago Idea” carried the majority of the conference, despite the opposition of Johann Most, who was hostile to the unions.

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Can Climate Movement Break Free From ‘Jobs Vs. Environment’ Debate?

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A growing, green industry born of the United States’ hostile labor climate is unlikely to produce steady and well-paying jobs without a fight — not to mention a cross-movement plan beyond shutting down individual infrastructure projects. Breaking Free from fossil fuels can also mean breaking into a more sustainable economy.

Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence / Popular Resistance

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https://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/12932784_10154089622017708_1227210616867279612_n-e1462201557263.jpgMay 2nd, 2016 | For two weeks this May, organizers across 12 countries will participate in Break Free 2016, an open-source invitation to encourage “more action to keep fossil fuels in the ground and an acceleration in the just transition to 100 percent renewable energy.” Many of the month’s events — pulled together by 350.org and a slew of groups around the world — are set to take place within ongoing campaigns to shut down energy infrastructure, targeting “some of the most iconic and dangerous fossil fuel projects all over the world” with civil disobedience.

The Break Free site’s opening page invites viewers to “join a global wave of resistance to keep coal, oil and natural gas in the ground.” And that’s where some unions have taken issue.

Kate Aronoff is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer, the Communications Coordinator for the New Economy Coalition, and a co-founder of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network. Her writing has appeared in the Nation, the American Prospect, Dissent and the New York Times.

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Five Reasons to Care About the Verizon Strike

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  • Verizon’s position is clear: make money, no matter the cost to our families, our communities and our country. Which makes our position just as clear: we must stand with the working men and women at Verizon who have gone strike to protect not just their own livelihoods, but also family-sustaining jobs for those that follow.
  • Stand with working people at Verizon now!
  • Related: Series | The Haymarket frame-up and the origins of May Day, Part One

Mackenzie Baris, Jobs with Justice

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April 11, 2016 | Today, unions of working people at Verizon announced that they will strike on Wednesday morning if their bosses fail to come to the table to negotiate a mutually beneficial agreement. More than 39,000 Verizon employees, members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), are ready to take the streets to demand a fair return on their work.

During the last round of contract negotiations in 2011, Verizon came to the table with a long list of demands that would have undone decades of hard-earned progress. Ultimately, after a two-week strike and 16 months of escalating mobilization by working people and allies like Jobs With Justice, working people at Verizon successfully negotiated a sustainable contract and fought back the worst of the corporation’s demands. When Verizon came to the table last year with an eerily similar opening proposal, it was clear that the telecom giant has a long-term agenda to cut jobs that sustain families, decrease its menu of services they offer to many of our communities and offshore and contract out work overseas and to contractors.

Mackenzie Baris, Senior Organizer, Jobs with Justice

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  • WSWS Editor's Note: We are republishing here a series of articles that originally appeared in April 1986 under the title “One hundred years since the Haymarket frameup.” The articles were published in the Bulletin, the newspaper of the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.
  • Related: All out for May Day!

 

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Series | The Haymarket frame-up and the origins of May Day, Part One

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Editor%20Comment%20graphic_0.jpgWSWS Editor's Note: We are republishing here a series of articles that originally appeared in April 1986 under the title “One hundred years since the Haymarket frameup.” The articles were published in the Bulletin, the newspaper of the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.
  • Related: All out for May Day!

Walter Gilberti, World Socialist Web Site 

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11 May 2009 | On the night of May 4, 1886, a crowd of several thousand workers gathered for a public rally at Haymarket Square in Chicago. Because the crowd was smaller than expected, it was moved to a different location a short distance away, to Desplaines Street and Crane’s Alley behind the Crane Brothers metal products factory.

The rally had been called by the International Workingmen’s Party of America and its two leading organs in Chicago, the Alarm and the German-language Arbeiter-Zeitung.

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All out for May Day! Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Fight Back! News

Stand up, fight back on International Workers Day 2016

 

All out for May Day!

  • Stand up, fight back on International Workers Day 2016
  • Related: Series | The Haymarket frame-up and the origins of May Day, Part One

Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Fight Back! News

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Another%20World%20Rainbow.jpg April 24, 2016 | May Day is our day. It is International Workers Day. It is a day that is all about us, working and oppressed people, and our fight for a better life. The wealthy, the powerful billionaire class that rules this country, wallow in luxury 365 days a year. On May Day, we say, “Enough!” We are tired of being held down, pushed around and sold out. We cannot accept things the way they are.

In every region of the globe, from the streets of Europe to the countryside of Latin America, from the Philippines to Palestine and in the U.S., working people will come together on May 1. We urge everyone to help organize and participate in the many events marking May Day across the country.


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Freedom Road Socialist Organization  (FRSO) was formed in 1985 as many of the Maoist-oriented groups formed in the United States New Communist Movement of the 1970s were shrinking or collapsing. The FRSO tried to solidify some of these groups into a single organization that would have some longevity.

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Series | The Haymarket frame-up and the origins of May Day, Part One, Walter Gilberti, World Socialist Web Site

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Editor%20Comment%20graphic_0.jpg WSWS Editor's Note: We are republishing here a series of articles that originally appeared in April 1986 under the title “One hundred years since the Haymarket frameup.” The articles were published in the Bulletin, the newspaper of the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.
  • Related: All out for May Day!

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