” If you think that by hanging us you can stamp out the labor movement… the movement from which the downtrodden millions, the millions who toil in misery and want, expect salvation – if this is your opinion, then hang us! Here you will tread on a spark, but there and there, behind you – and in front of you, and everywhere, flames blaze up. It is a subterranean fire. You cannot put it out ”
– August Spies, addressing the court before his execution in Chicago on November 11th, 1887
May Day, or International Workers’ Day, is an annual international holiday which occurs on the first of May. Born out of the fight for the eight-hour working day in Chicago and the state-sanctioned murder of the Haymarket Martyrs, May Day is celebrated today as a time for all members of the working class to come together and show the bosses, landlords, and all of the ruling class that we are still not afraid. May Day is a time to stand up for our right to manage and own our own workplaces, schools, and communities, raise class consciousness, inspire rank and file leadership, build militant unionism, fight artificial borders and deportations, and demand an end to state violence and repression.