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May Day Celebration Bicycle Ride and Picnic Sunday May 1st

author: Jack and Jill
Apr 24, 2005 12:30

On International Workers Day, we call for a mobilization of bicycles to take to the streets and celebrate May Day.
12:01 p.m. - Converge at Westlake Center
12:33 p.m. – Mount up and let’s ride

Come celebrate May Day, Sunday May 1, in Seattle with a bicycle ride and picnic in the city.

12:01 p.m. - Converge at Westlake Center
12:33 p.m. – Mount up and let’s ride
Sometime Later p.m. – throw down the blankets, open up the picnic baskets
After we eat p.m. – the celebration continues, we ride

Bring friends and lovers and fellow workers. Bring food to share, chalk, songs, banners, flags, creativity, defiance and your bicycle.

May Day is an official holiday in 66 countries and unofficially celebrated in many more, but ironically it is rarely recognized in the US where it began.

In 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (which later became the American Federation of Labor) passed a resolution stating that eight hours would constitute a legal day's work from and after May 1, 1886. The resolution called for a general strike to achieve the goal, since legislative methods had already failed. With workers being forced to work ten, twelve, and fourteen hours a day, rank-and-file support for the eight-hour movement grew rapidly.

On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history.

Over one hundred years have passed since that first May Day. In the earlier part of the 20th century, the US government tried to curb the celebration and further wipe it from the public's memory by establishing "Law and Order Day" on May 1, and gave us instead Labor Day, a holiday devoid of any historical significance.

By covering up the history of May Day, the state, business, mainstream unions and the media have covered up an entire legacy of dissent in this country. As workers, we must recognize and commemorate May Day not only for its historical significance, but also as a time to organize around issues of vital importance to working-class people today.

Truly, history has a lot to teach us about the roots of our radicalism. When we remember that people were shot so we could have the 8-hour day; if we acknowledge that homes with families in them were burned to the ground so we could have Saturday as part of the weekend; when we recall 8-year old victims of industrial accidents who marched in the streets protesting working conditions and child labor only to be beat down by the police and company thugs, we understand that our current condition cannot be taken for granted - people fought for the rights and dignities we enjoy today, and there is still a lot more to fight for. The sacrifices of so many people cannot be forgotten or we'll end up fighting for those same gains all over again. This is why we celebrate May Day.

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more info?
Posted by: doctormatt at Apr 24, 2005 19:22

Sounds good. How long is the riding? Where to?

Are you aware of the Freedom Socialist Party's May Day
It starts at 2, with food starting at 4:30 PM.

link for FSP May Day shindig
Posted by: doctormatt at Apr 24, 2005 19:54

Ah, apparently HTML links just get axed.

The FSP's shindig can be read about here:

Adding link
Posted by: derrickito at Apr 25, 2005 09:21

i update the site for the local critical mass group, ill get this link up there and put it in our newsletter to help get the word out

sounds fun
Posted by: VPFree at Apr 28, 2005 18:00

Cool. I'll be there.

viva la bicyclete
Posted by: bingnation at Apr 28, 2005 20:19

the physics of a bicycle, isnt it remarkable. clouddead.
ride on my fellow human beings!