May Day Greetings

Haymarket Square Demonstration & a poster demanding work hour reform
 
 

Shall we celebrate the arrival of Spring, or spring to a revival of consciousness? 

Sadly, but I guess not surprisingly, May Day was removed from the calendar in my homeland, where it originally marked the 1886 Chicago Haymarket Massacre of demonstrators for workers' rights to less oppressive work hours. In its place, we now celebrate the last Monday of May, Memorial Day, as the symbolic changing of the seasons with patriotic flag-waving and a parade glorifying the graves of the dead boys of our tragic wars.

Perhaps a few of you are old enough to remember this song... The young folks around me never heard of it. However, from the lyrics it could have been written just yesterday.


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