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#1 Old 05-01-2009, 12:25 PM
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what does May Day mean to you?

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#2 Old 05-01-2009, 12:37 PM
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*hums The Internationale*



What does May Day mean to me? Oh, nothing, really.

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Not much. Back in the day it was important to the working class, but today few people identify as working class, perhaps due to a higher social mobility in today's society. I used to celebrate the day when I was active in party politics, but I gave up that some years ago. I also think the day is slightly perverted when you see fat cat party cadre types giving speeches and talking about solidarity and the struggle of the common man.

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I thought it was supposed to be a Pagan Fertility Ritual?

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#5 Old 05-01-2009, 01:21 PM
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One of the most interesting May Days I've experienced was in Plaza de la Revolución in Havana a couple of years ago. 10s, if not 100s, of thousands of Cubans of all walks of life crammed into the huge square to see dancing, singing, a few political speeches and then Fidel Castro give a 90+ minute speech that had the entire crowd clapping and shouting along with applause. Very inspiring.
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So is May Day a big political thing in other parts of the world? I've never thought of it that way.

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In my part of the world it is not called MayDay, but Labour Day or International Workers Day. Definitely a day for workers to get onto the streets and demonstrate. I also, like the poster further up, tend to hum The Internationale on 1st May. Out of tradition.



In the States, Labour Day is in September, I think????
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Yeah, Labor Day is the first monday in September, but even then, it's just a day off, not politically charged at all.

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Yeah, Labor Day is the first monday in September, but even then, it's just a day off, not politically charged at all.



Oh, I didn't know that. That's a shame!! But perhaps it's because there is not really much of a left-wing political scene in the United States. It's mostly right right, or right. In Switzerland today, there were about 20'000 people in all in the streets. Which is not bad for Switzerland compared to other years.
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Today is the day my boat sank.





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crazy english people dancing round a pole holding onto ribbons that are tied to it, while men in knickerbockers with bells tied to their legs bash each other with sticks. in time to music. just the usual.



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happy pagan day! it is also my nephews 13th birthday!

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It's actually quite a big day here. Under the communists it was one of the biggest holidays in the year and there were marches/demonstrations/whatever absolutely everywhere (completely voluntary of course. If you didn't want to go you could always choose to loose your job instead). So nowadays it stirs up quite a lot of controversy and is VERY politically loaded to some people. Basically the communists claimed Labour day, and now everyone is trying to fight them on their own turf, whether its by booking there traditional locations in advance, or disrupting the actual rallies (either by peaceful protests, or violently).



But to the less politically minded its basically just a day off. I decided to combine fun and politics and attended an anti-racism/pro-veganism/etc. festival headlined by Propagandhi, which I have to say was one of the best shows I've been to.



Edit: It's also my veganniversary. Woohoo!!
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What it means to me is that I didn't have to go to work today.
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It's actually quite a big day here. Under the communists it was one of the biggest holidays in the year and there were marches/demonstrations/whatever absolutely everywhere (completely voluntary of course. If you didn't want to go you could always choose to loose your job instead).

perhaps you should mention where?

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Damn it! I always forget that. I mean the Czech Republic. Although I'd imagine its pretty similar in just about any post-communist country.
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We get up at sunrise.

At sunset we rest.

We dig wells and drink.

We till the fields and eat.

What is the might of the emperor to us?



word is there is there are many immigration related marches happening today.

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May Day used to be about the working classes uniting against the elite to change the balance of wealth and power from the elites to the working classes. And now we have the working classes fighting amongst themselves over petty border squabbles while the elites continue to consolidate power and wealth. I'm sure the wealthy are laughing at that today.
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May Day used to be about the working classes uniting against the elite to change the balance of wealth and power from the elites to the working classes. And now we have the working classes fighting amongst themselves over petty border squabbles while the elites continue to consolidate power and wealth. I'm sure the wealthy are laughing at that today.

yeah, it used to be about the bombs.

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may day there was a huge protest.



and lots of potheads.



so I mean lots of angry white people yelling about how awful it is to be brown and they wanted to be able to not get a pesky fine when they smoke weed. Thousands of them.

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[QUOTE=Kenickie] lots of angry white people yelling about how awful it is to be brown[QUOTE]



"Awful" as in "brown people are awful", or "awful" as in "brown people are treated awfully"?
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awful as in "did you know it's illegal to be brown in arizona?"

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In the States, Labour Day is in September, I think????



The US didn't want to co-celebrate with the Communists, so we moved it to the last Monday in September. Ironically, it's now become a mass-comsumption day as all the retailers hold "Labor Day Sales"...and the rich get richer.



As a union member May 1 is important to me, but I don't do anything special to celebrate. I mention it sometimes and people look at me strange. The history of the labor movement has been heavily suppressed in the US the past 30 years or so, especially in the education system. Most people aren't aware what it was about or that it even happened. They totally take for granted all the benefits they enjoy in the workplace as a result of others' sacrifice. Except those benefits are now gradually eroding. Do they blame the employers? No, they blame unions, the government, liberals, illegal immigrants, etc... anybody except the people actually taking them away. It's a strange country.
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Cornwall sees a number of traditional May Day celebrations which are well worth checking out if you're ever down that way.

Are you sure this is art, not vandalism?
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awful as in "did you know it's illegal to be brown in arizona?"

"do I look illegal to you ?" teeshirts on people in birkenstocks and hemp pants.



so yes, infact, you do look illegal, you are most likely carrying drugs.

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