Happy May Day !!!
The celebration of May Day as a labor holiday marked by parades and red flags began on May 1, 1886. Behind the campaign was the universal adoption of the 8-hour working day, an improvement on the recent fight for a ten-hour day. In Chicago, the center of the movement, workers had been agitating for an 8-hour day for months, and on the eve of May 1, 50,000 were already on strike. 30,000 more swelled their ranks the next day, bringing most of Chicago manufacturing to a standstill. In a notorious riot that followed (the Haymarket massacre) the 8-hour movement failed, but the Chicago events figured prominently in the founding congress of the Second International (Paris, 1889) to make May 1, 1890 a demonstration of the solidarity and power of the international working class movement. Ever since, May Day has been celebrated globally as the international workers’ holiday.
For May Day 2012, Occupy is organizing the first truly nationwide General Strike in U.S. history. Building on the international celebration of May Day, past General Strikes in U.S. cities like Seattle and Oakland, the recent May 1st Day Without An Immigrant demonstrations, the national general strikes in Spain this year, and the on-going student strike in Quebec, the Occupy Movement has called for A Day Without the 99% on May 1st, 2012. This in and of itself is a tremendous victory. For the first time, workers, students, immigrants, and the unemployed from 135 U.S. cities will stand together for economic justice.
To find events in your city:
International Workers’ Day
Celebrate Worker’s Rights
Demand Worker’s Rights
[ No Working / No Shopping ]
Stand together in solidarity w/ the 99%
I am so happy to have shaked hands with Ziggy Marley before the screening of the documentary MARLEY. Such a beautiful person and talented artist. Check out Marley, a great documentary on the legendary icon Bob Marley who’s short lived life was spent to the fullest . The movie displays his unconditional love for his people , family and music. Directed by Kevin McDonald and Executive Produced by Ziggy Marley & Chris Blackwell.
a poem by my dear aunt - missin her like crazy-
Nosaj Thing - Fog
Earlier this month I got a chance to visit the beautiful city of Miami for the first time .
One of the top things I wanted to do when I arrived, was to visit the Design District & Wynwood area. I had read so much about the success of the Art Basel and the growing street art scene in downtown Miami/Miami Beach.
I was in awe at all the amazing public art pieces and being able to recognize a few artists’ work from the street art scene here in Downtown Los Angeles.
There are blocks and blocks filled with colorful graffiti, large mural paintings, socially conscious street art, and a growing community of independent galleries.
If in the Downtown Miami area, check it out: http://www.thewynwoodwalls.com/