The Red Holiday: a Labor History of May Day

April 30, 2020

Join us on Thursday, April 30th at 7pm for a talk with teacher, author (From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement), and retired union communications director Fred Glass. The talk will focus on the bloody origins and key moments of struggle inspired by May Day, in the USA and around the world, from the mid-1800s to the present.

For more than a century and a half May Day has been associated with the struggle for the eight hour day, immigrant worker rights, general strikes, and the demand by the working class for a holiday to call its own. Its historical origins are here in the United States, yet our country is one of the few that does not officially celebrate it. Displaced by the apolitical Labor Day in the late nineteenth century by a federal government anxious about a growing workers movement, May Day has nonetheless continued to rear its head sporadically ever since, taken up by the Socialist Party, IWW, Communists and waves of immigrants who continue to carry the tradition to our shores.

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When: April 30, 2020, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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