International Workers Day is a National Holiday in 80 Nations, but not here, even though the event that inspired the holiday happened right here in these United States.
I mean, were YOU ever taught about May 1, International Workers Day in your schooling? I learned ALL about the Maypole by age 4, but I am just learning, now, about what International Workers Day is all about. Grover Cleveland moved it to September, and named it “Labor Day”.
Cleveland did not want the citizens commemorating, glorifying or even REMEMBERING the events of May Day, 1886, when a Labor Group (striking for an 8-hour work day) at the Haymarket Square in Chicago led to a bomb being thrown at and killing a police officer. Then, the police fired into the crowd, killing 4 citizens, and seven police officers! Eight anarchists were convicted of “conspiracy” - seven were sentenced to death, and one to 15 years in prison. The death sentences of two of the defendants were commuted by Illinois governor Richard J. Oglesby to terms of life in prison, and another committed suicide in jail rather than face the gallows. The other four were hanged on November 11, 1887. In 1893, Illinois’ new governor John Peter Altgeld pardoned the remaining defendants and criticized the trial.
But, today, even in Jon Stewart’s monologue, there was no mention of this holiday, nor of the many pro-Labor events that took place today throughout our nation and THE WORLD…instead we got to hear all about Bin Laden, alleged master-mind of 9-11, and how our President bravely took him out.