May Day

Today is May Day, or Labor Day in some nations. Observed on May 1st each year, it is used as both a day of spring celebrations and an opportunity to acknowledge, support and honour workers around the world.

The day is considered one of solidarity during which workers are celebrated — including workers who are in nations that are not their place of birth.… [Read more]

Direct Action and Direct Actors

Right this moment there are 1,500 Palestinian prisoners participating in a hunger strike to petition Israel’s apartheid government for fair trials; meanwhile in a wide network of suburban homes, corporate coffee shops, and lunch-break cubicles, a swarm of slightly-overweight opinioneers is debating, defeating, and prefiguring the validity of whatever we could call the democratic, anti-capitalist awakening which is taking hold of this country.… [Read more]

Mommies, March, and May Day Madness

During my daily hour-long commute to work on Tuesday, I had the chance to get stuck in traffic on a city bus while the May Day march was passing through Union Square.  I, along with a pair of mommies and their toddlers, marveled at the movement. I was happy to see democracy hard at work, but wondered where all those people had been since I hadn’t seen them hanging out in the square for the past few weeks.… [Read more]

Tips for the Revolution

Yesterday’s May Day protests ended with a bang, or, at least 50 sets of handcuffs.  While many of the demonstrations around the world in support of workers’ rights were peaceful, tensions spilled over — as they often do when right meets…well, the opposition.  We offer this tip.… [Read more]

May Day: Remembering the Working Class

It’s May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day. In some cultures it is a spring celebration day, and in others it is a public holiday meant to reflect upon the plight of the working class. Here in the U.S., May Day 2012 is simultaneously a remembrance of the workers’ movement and a day of organised demonstrations to protest government and corporate policies that infringe upon workers’ rights.… [Read more]

Producing the City, Producing Dissent

Radicals, said David Graeber, while holding a plastic Roman legion helmet (he just returned from an action protesting student debt), radicals have had a long unspoken pact with liberals: we incite, provoke, ask controversial questions, and liberals, now regarded as holding a more reasonable alternative to us, gain political power and enforce change. This, he went on to explain, is how political progress occurs: the Haymarket Affair was what pushed legislators to enact 8-hour workdays, it was factory occupations in the early 20th century which led to the rise of unions, and it is radical direct action which will turn the wheel of change now, in 2012.… [Read more]