This May Day 2012, the May Day USA Education Committee is hosting a “May Day Rally and Celebration” at the labor monument at Elmwood Park, 71st Street and Buist Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia (19153). We’ll be having special speakers including retired Philly Police Captain and Occupy Wall Street activist Captain Ray Lewis, lots of live music, games and face-painting for kids, and a meal provided by the Occupy Philly Food Committee! We will also walk together in a four-block march from the old GE factory (abandoned by the 1%) to Elmwood Park. The day's events are free and open to all and we encourage your participation.
The May Day USA Education Committee is sponsored by the Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health (PhilaPOSH) and the Pennsylvania Labor History Society (PLHS). We are dedicated to the education on the U.S. origins of May Day, so that we may be aware of and celebrate our proud heritage.
May Day (May 1st) is observed throughout the world as a day to honor working people and their struggle for human rights. It is similar to our observance of “Labor Day” in September. May Day was founded in the U.S. as a result of the nationwide general strike of 1886 for the eight hour work day. On May 1st of each year, workers in massive celebrations all around the world pay tribute to this history and honor the ongoing struggle for better conditions.
May Day USA Education Committee contact:
Jim Moran, Chairperson