How many Americans know or remember what May Day celebrates? It’s more than dancing around the May Pole. Wikipedia explains…
May Day on May 1st is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. May Day coincides with International Workers’ Day, and in many countries that celebrate the latter, it may be referred to as “May Day.”
To commemorate May Day, Toritto shares the history of Guido Pacelli, who was a leader in the Italian Resistance to Fascism in the early 1920’s. Pacelli became a hero to working class people throughout Europe…
For May Day – In Memory of Guido Picelli
Guido Pacelli – Leader of the Resistance to Fascism… Guido Picelli was the leader of the last armed resistance to Italian Fascism, rousing the working men and women of Parma to defeat some 20,000 Fascists in pitched battles fought in the streets. After five days of urban warfare fascist columns were seen leaving the area […]
To learn about the origins of May Day in the United States, check out a brief history from the Industrial Workers of the World website. Like Guido Pacelli, American workers engaged in bloody battle for the sake of Democracy and human rights.
The Origins of May Day
SOURCE: Industrial Workers of the World
Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie… […]
In the late nineteenth century, the working class was in constant struggle to gain the 8-hour work day. Working conditions were severe and it was quite common to work 10 to 16 hour days in unsafe conditions. […]
— Eric Chase
On this May Day, we remember those who fought for fair labor laws and human rights. We will be mindful of their sacrifice, and will determine to continue the good fight. Because they have gone before us, we are able to forge on with nonviolent tactics. I think Guido Pacelli would like that – and that we have no intention of letting our freedoms slip away.