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On May Day, let’s remember the struggles and gains made by working people

White Rhodies in Basket on Door IMG_9657When I was a kid, we used to make paper baskets, put flowers in them, hang them on door knobs, ring the bell, and then run. One time, I remember taking part in a maypole dance. It was really fun.

Throughout the world, many countries celebrate May 1, May Day, as International Labor Day.

Although the day originated in America when workers fought for a shorter work day, the United States doesn’t officially recognize International Labor Day.

Like other countries that celebrate Labor Day on different dates, the U.S. and Canada celebrate their Labor Day in September.

U.S. resistance to celebrate International Labor Day – also called International Workers’ Day –  stems from a resistance to emboldening global working-class unity, historians say.

However, that hasn’t stopped American workers from joining workers from throughout the world with with parades, marches, rallies, and events.

I hope you have a great May Day, and that you’ll include in your celebration some way to remember workers for all their contributions and sacrifices.

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