May Day started as a struggle for the 8-hour work day in Chicago in 1886. Many people have suffered and died over the past decade of economic injustice and wars. Let’s remember the words of labor organizer Mary “Mother” Jones, who lived in Chicago in 1886: “Pray for the dead, and work like hell for the living!”
You can join in the spirit of May Day in many ways:
Send a postcard to your friends to invite them to take action on May Day!
Take off work, leave early or at least post a sign in you window or cubicle wall showing your solidarity. (Color | Black & White). Take the day off of shopping and banking. In some cities we are bringing a May Pole (see our guides to making a May Pole and taking action in the streets). OccupyTogether has created a list of other ways to participate.
The Women Occupy community will be in the streets on May Day and we hope to see you there!