The history of May Day
- In 1866, the Geneva Congress of the First International adopted the eight-hour day stating “As this limitation represents the general demand of the workers of the North-American United States, the Congress transforms this demand into the general platform of the workers of the whole world.”
- Cities all over the world began planning for demonstrations during the week of May 1, 1886. In Chicago, police killed several workers demonstrating at a rally. On May 4, in Chicago’s Haymarket, anarchists planned a rally in response to the killings. At the rally a bomb killed several demonstrators and police; The anarchists were blamed for the bombing.
- In 1889, the Second International set aside May 1 as a day to commemorate the Haymarket Bombing, and for workers to organize and fight for the eight-hour day.
- In 2006, immigrants from Mexico and Latin America revived May Day strikes in the U.S.
This May, workers are calling for another global strike to oppose ICE raids on undocumented migrant workers.
JOIN US IN THE STREETS AND DEMAND AN END TO ICE RAIDS!