May Day Bookstore & Cafe

May Day at May Day

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sat, 05/06/2017 - 03:03
May Day Bookstore

 

Go take a visit to the LeftWord Books blog, where you can find videos and pictures about the fifth anniversary of our May Day gatherings at this Shadipur haven.

There is also a lovely short arts segment on NDTV about this May Day fiesta, which you should, should watch.

Lenin's statement about May Day stays with us: 'The mass participation of the workers in the strike, the huge mass meetings in the streets, the unfurling of Red flags, the presentation of demands indicated in leaflets and the revolutionary character of these demands - Eight-Hour Day and Political Liberty'.

Although, in our

Why May Day?

Submitted by admin on Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:22

 

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

 


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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 confrontation with the police left four dead in Chicago's Haymarket

Turkey and the United States of America

Submitted by admin on Fri, 04/21/2017 - 01:57
Halka Yol Gosteren Ozgurluk

 

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 Erdo?an - 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