Wednesday, April 28, 2010
On May 1, 1886, there were massive strikes all over America. Months before, The Knights of Labor, the largest union of that day, had said that if their members didn't get the 8-hour day 6-day week by that date they would call for a nation-wide strike. 20,000 workers actually had it so it was not an impossible dream.
On that day in Chicago 190,000 people demonstrated for the 8-hour day. There were 340,000 people demonstrating nation-wide.
It's because 4 union members were hung in Chicago in 1886 for fighting for the 8-hour day that you take for granted today.*
In 1889 labor leaders from many countries met in Paris. They voted to continue the action for shorter hours for all workers of the world and that May 1st would be designated as International Workers Day. On that day in 1890 workers all over Europe showed their solidarity with the workers of America by taking part in parades, meetings and demonstrations in support of their struggle for the 8-hour workday. That was the first May Day celebration.
Excerpted from Ken Secor - Activist San Diego and the International Association of Machinists (Retired)
* They were present at the Haymarket Square rally in support of the 8-hour day where a bomb killed one policeman and wounded several others. The police fired widely and many in the crowd were wounded and a few died of their injuries afterward.
Here in the USA, Labor Day in September was created specifically as the un-May Day workers day.
The Centro Cultural de la Raza calls for the submission of artworks and other things for a celebration of International Workers Day exhibition the month of May and opening on the First.
The exhibition committee is looking for photography,* paintings, drawings, and prints as well as objects. Banners, posters and leaflets are welcome. The criteria for acceptance is that the work in the show will be in the spirit of May Day and reflect the working class character, broadly defined, of this international celebration.
Suggestions are that submissions represent in some way work, class struggle, organization, working class history, etc. Work certainly includes unpaid labor such as housework and child rearing.
At the opening, there will be live music and, perhaps short statements and poetry. Recorded labor music and video will be run whenever the show is open.
* Photo snapshots can be submitted with the understanding that those accepted would be printed at around 8x10" size and mounted or framed in some way for display.
HOW TO SUBMIT: attachments by the internet
Though all care will be done to protect submissions, the Centro cannot accept responsibility for your work. When the exhibition is over, you must pick up your submission at a designated day/time.
The information is now available on the site - www.centroraza.org - under exhibition-more
This is a new communications system for the Zeitgeist Movement that is being used by the Los Angeles Chapter called Teamspeak. It allows members of the Zeitgeist Movement all over the world to communicate with one another.
The Los Angeles and Orange County Zeitgeist chapters are very active and they have weekly activities. I have been traveling to them and love their energy.
I am planning to start a San Diego Zeitgeist Meetup and our own communications system similar to this one. Let me know if you want to be involved with this project and if you have the time.
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By Walter Davis
28 April 2010
Deadlocked Government: As the Country Suffers, Leadership Fails
With the economy in the tank and American families suffering, a deadlocked government continues to look after the interests of the corporations. These are tough times for the American family. So many teens seem not to have hope; young adults do not seem to be able to realize their true potential. Our world class education system has been gutted while the war machine never seems to run out of money.
The wealthy get wealthier and the poor get poorer. Our court system continues to punish with illogical laws that increase our poverty level and destroy American families in family court, drug court, criminal court. People are dying because they have no insurance and cannot pay $28,000 per month for chemo or $400,000 for a transplant. Profit is the motivation, not concern for our fellow man and woman. If a profit cannot be made, it is not done.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist has been targeted by his party for appearing to cooperate with the executive branch of government.
Republican Senator Lindsay Graham has withdrawn his support for important climate change legislation due to intimidation for daring to cooperate; on its face, the immigration bill is being blamed for this as a smoke screen. Unenforceable immigration legislation remains on the books while families languish and suffer with the threat of deportation because they cannot satisfy unreasonable immigration policy in a system that is deadlocked and unable to help them even if they could.
The local Democratic Party laden with corruption, cronyism is powerless to stop a war mongering, out of touch local Republican spin machine. The Tea Party, however, threatens to do what the inept Democratic leadership cannot do: split and defeat the conservatives.
The apathetic and far left need representation. Democrats have moved to the center and Republicans have moved further to the right.
While Americans suffer from medical costs, a watered down health care bill gets resisted by Republicans. While financial institutions continue to rip off the American public, Republicans continue to delay and water down financial reform. While service members die needlessly, our leadership continues to prosecute senseless wars as our coffers are drained and schools are closed.
The time for nationalistic fervor and religious fanaticism has passed. The American people need leadership that is focused on THEIR problems as opposed to the money of corporations. Corporations must be stripped of their political power. This country must finally become of the people, for the people and by the people. If you think it ever has been, you are sadly mistaken. A resource based economy is the only way to go. It is time to move to a higher level of consciousness.
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|Subject:||San Diego May 1st Rally/March for Immigrant Rights|
|Date:||Wed, 28 Apr 2010 09:17:23 -0700|
|From:||Justin Akers Chacón <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
May Day in San Diego!
Primero de Mayo en San Diego
- call to action -
Llamada a la acción
LEGALIZATION FOR ALL - WITHOUT CONDITIONS
Legalización para todos, sin condiciones
JOBS, HOUSING & LIVABLE WAGES FOR ALL
Empleos y salarios decentes para todos
FUND EDUCATION & SOCIAL SERVICES - NOT WAR
Dinero para educación y servicios sociales, no para guerra
IMMIGRATION RIGHTS FOR LGBT PARTNERS
Ningún ser humano es ilegal, ningún amor es ilegal
11:00 Rally at Chicano Park
12:00 Human Chain and March to Federal Building
1:00 Rally at Federal Building
Downtown San Diego
880 Front St.
What is a Peace Monitor? At numerous demonstrations of the past it has been found that the effectiveness and nonviolence of the action has been greatly enhanced by the participation of people with special skills in nonviolence. These specialized participants, or peace monitors/peacekeepers, perform specific facilitating roles for the action. Even if you have not decided to specialize in the role of peace monitor, you may find yourself in a conflict situation in which peacekeeper skills will be useful. In a nonviolent action everyone is, to some extent, a peacekeeper.
Peace monitors help set the tone for the action; help act as a communication network; help provide emergency medical and legal aid; help maintain the internal self-discipline of the action;they may also sometimes act as mediators between authorities and demonstrators.
This training is for everyone and useful in many settings. We do have an upcoming demonstration on May 19 at General Atomics where peace monitors will be needed, so if you would like to volunteer to help at that action, this training will be essential!
In order to have enough materials we'd like people to please RSVP; please RSVP to Hal Brody, email@example.com
Peace Monitor Training
Tuesday, May 11 6:30-9:30 p.m.
First Church of the Brethren
3850 Westgate Place, San Diego, CA 92105
Sponored by The Peace Resource Center of San Diego
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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