The Green Party stands with those fighting for worker and immigrant rights
May 1st is International Workers Day, a global holiday recognizing the historic struggle of working people throughout the world. It is interconnected with the struggles being led by immigrants, climate justice activists, the Black Lives Matter movement, young people and the LGBTQ+ community.
Below is a collection of essays written by Green Party activists in celebration of May Day.
By The Santa Clara County Green Party
We began this month by honoring those who have fought for labor rights and whose sacrifices led to the international May Day observances for workers! Who knew that what they fought for, such as the 40-hour work week, would be threatened today, by the wealth gap and income crisis many families face.
By Brendan Phillips
As May Day approaches, I reflect on great on labor heroes. People like Mary Harris Jones, Big Bill Haywood, and Joe Hill. Those who helped bring us the eight hour workday, sick time, maternal leave, and other worker protections. They showed us the power of unionization, solidarity, and direct action. We saw what lengths the ruling class will go to protect their power at Haymarket Square, when they went so far as to murder labor activists.
By Howie Hawkins, May 1, 2018
May Day, or International Workers Day, is celebrated with marches and rallies every May 1 to lift up the working people and their demands for freedom, equality, and justice. That is the Red tradition of May Day. But there is also an older Green tradition that cultures the world over celebrate as Spring arrives in temperate and arctic climates and the wet season arrives in tropical climates. This Green tradition of May Day celebrates all that is free and life-giving on the green Earth that is our common wealth and heritage. These Red and Green May Day traditions are complementary.
By The Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts
Over the last year we have seen a massive assault from the Federal government on every kind of program and protection. From the lackluster response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, to the open