04/30/2012

Occupy Wall Street plans May 1 action

Socialists and trade union movements have long used May Day as a protest day

By Frankie Edozien
The New York Times Blogs

NEW YORK — For decades, workers in Europe, South America and China have been celebrated with an official holiday on May Day.

The United States, however, has not followed suit. (And Britain and Canada have tried to wash out the holiday's leftist hues.) Even though the day's origins date to a riot in Chicago in 1886 known as the Haymarket massacre, labor is celebrated Stateside in early September.

Socialists and trade union movements have long used May Day as a protest day. And on Tuesday, May 1, the Occupy movement will attempt to bring 125 U.S. cities to a standstill in commemoration of International Workers Day.

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