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Why May Day?

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/27/2017 - 23:15

 

Why May Day? Vijay Prashad talks of the history of May Day.

 

 

May day is what Lenin called 'The Holiday of the Workers'. It harkens back to the 19th century when workers fought for an 8 hour day for a full day's wage. The slogan of the workers was "8 hours for work, 8 hours of sleep and 8 hours for what you will." Across the United States, on Sunday 1st May 1886, workers demonstrated for the 8 hour day. Chicago and Milwaukee were the epicenters. All went well as the struggle continued till May 4th, then, a

Turkey and the United States of America

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:57

 

Halka Yol Gösteren Özgürlük

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above is from the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Turkey. I have used it because hours after the referendum in Turkey, people who voted No (Hayir) had already begun to compare the mood of resistance to the days of Gezi. I like the picture because it echoes the great Delacroix painting of 'Liberty Leading the People'.

Some people - right after the referendum victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - began to say that Turkey's democracy has now expired. RIP Turkey was the signal phrase. It is an erroneous sentiment. Half of the Turkish people - despite immense voter