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April 30, 2010 10:09 PM   Subscribe

Celebrate the eight-hour work day, dance around a pole, affirm your patriotism to beat the reds, build your community through candy and flower filled baskets, and get caught in flagrante delicto: it's a very special day. Previously, previously
posted by l33tpolicywonk (31 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
God damned reds.
posted by planet at 10:20 PM on April 30, 2010


it's a very special day.

I had no idea you were so into outdoor fucking.
posted by Pope Guilty at 10:24 PM on April 30, 2010 [3 favorites]


To celebrate this glorious day, I will be working.
posted by flippant at 10:27 PM on April 30, 2010


Beltaine!
posted by hippybear at 10:30 PM on April 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


No saviour from on high delivers
No faith have we in prince or peer
Our own right hand the chains must shiver
Chains of hatred, greed and fear.


And for those of you playing along at home in Chinese, hair rock karaoke style: 从来就没有什么救世主,也不靠神仙皇帝。要创造人类的幸福,全靠我们自己!
posted by Abiezer at 10:32 PM on April 30, 2010


It's also the day when, in 2006, immigrant rights demonstrations took place in cities across the U.S. The events were organized as "A Day Without Immigrants" to protest proposed immigration legislation. Here's a short video of the protests in NYC.

Perhaps it's time for another "Day Without Immigrants" in light of the recent legislation in Arizona and equally xenophobic nonsense in Alabama?
posted by jardinier at 10:32 PM on April 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's best to focus on the important things during holidays, like the question : Will anyone in Europe sell toilet paper today?
posted by jeffburdges at 10:33 PM on April 30, 2010


Or if you want to be more relevant and less nostalgic, join a march supporting immigrants' struggles against bigots in just about every major US city: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Portland for example.
posted by gum at 10:38 PM on April 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Immigration rights marches in California: San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, San Diego. One hundred thousand expected in Los Angeles, led by Mayor Villaraigosa.
posted by gum at 10:50 PM on April 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and their supporters will rally for immigrants' rights in Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.
posted by gum at 10:57 PM on April 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


This thread is confusing me. I just came in here to talk about esoterica font trivia.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 11:07 PM on April 30, 2010


New York City immigrants' rights rallies: Union Square and Foley Square, both at noon. Chicago: Union Park at 1pm, plus rallies in Arlington Heights, Aurora, and Naperville. More: Washington, DC: Lafayette Square at 1pm. Houston: March from March from Bellaire and Renwick at 4pm. Seattle: Judkins Park at noon. Sacramento: March from the Capitol at 10:30am.

Seventy more.
posted by gum at 11:08 PM on April 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Thank you gum for traveling back in time, taking my suggestion for another Day Without Immigrants and organizing all those rallies, marches and protests today!
posted by jardinier at 11:29 PM on April 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


gum is good that way, although I still can't talk him into going back and convincing George Lucas to not fuck with his movies or make new ones after 1983.
posted by hippybear at 11:35 PM on April 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Da!
posted by timsteil at 12:11 AM on May 1, 2010


hippybear: convincing George Lucas to not fuck with his movies or make new ones after 1983

I would have been happy if Lucas stopped after THX-1138, a brilliant film - which is related to this post about May Day because... um, uh... it's a critique of consumerism and portrays a society ripe for a a proletariat revolution. (phew)
posted by jardinier at 12:17 AM on May 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's also Derby Day.
posted by Mcable at 4:28 AM on May 1, 2010


And here I am working a mandatory Saturday in a union plant. Oh, the irony.
posted by TrialByMedia at 4:29 AM on May 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


It's Derby Day here.
posted by dilettante at 7:12 AM on May 1, 2010


Working also. Check out the film. " Who Needs Sleep". About the only union to lobby for more hours. IATSE. Still, much better than non-union.
posted by Pecantree at 7:22 AM on May 1, 2010


"May Day?!? Why that's the Russian New Year! We'll have a big parade, and serve hot hors d'oeuvres..."
posted by jquinby at 7:26 AM on May 1, 2010


there is controversy over what day actually is outdoor intercourse day....

Not that this will be resolved in this thread, of course.
posted by warbaby at 7:29 AM on May 1, 2010


and don't forget the celebration in Long Beach if you're in the neighborhood.
posted by warbaby at 7:31 AM on May 1, 2010


Obama has muddied the waters a little, now. Years ago, Dwight Eisenhower tried to clear the red and black taint from May 1 by declaring it National Law Day (hang the anarchists!), but now, today, it has officially become National Loyalty Day. Sorry, but it sounds even more fascist to me. Why would our Lawyer-in-Chief change it from Law Day to Loyalty Day?

I'm a member of the AFL-CIO (AFT) and am celebrating this Saturday May Day by sleeping late and remembering those who fought for the eight hour day. Although, like many wage slaves, I have to put in a few extra hours today for which I am not officially being paid.
posted by kozad at 7:55 AM on May 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm going to a union-funded shindig today. Thanks union!
posted by Mavri at 8:31 AM on May 1, 2010


Needs more fire.
posted by homunculus at 8:34 AM on May 1, 2010


Thousands of people turned out to watch the pagan-inspired spring rituals at the annual Beltane Fire Festival.
posted by homunculus at 8:37 AM on May 1, 2010


Is there time for a little Jethro Tull?
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:38 AM on May 1, 2010


It's the Seventh Anniversary of 'Mission Accomplished' Today
posted by homunculus at 10:53 AM on May 1, 2010


Correction. It's been Law Day and Loyalty Day for a long time: presidents, including our current one, just reaffirm it all the time.
posted by kozad at 1:00 PM on May 1, 2010


May Day is "International Workers Day" in Hawai'i? Not any more.

In 1920's Hawaii saw massive labor organizing - from plantations to longshormen. Sixteen striking Filipino sugar workers were killed by police on Kauai in 1924 ... So, in 1927, "May Day" was re-branded "Lei Day" in Hawai'i, to help flower over those 'red' ideas.

Isn't that special.
posted by Surfurrus at 2:43 AM on May 2, 2010


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