Forgetting: 1 May, a day like any other?
- Posted by Maryam Namazie
- On April 27, 2012
- 12 Comments
- May 1 General Strike
In his Book of Embraces, Eduardo Galeano says:
Chicago is full of factories. There are even factories right in the center of the city, around the world’s tallest building. Chicago is full of factories. Chicago is full of workers.
Arriving in the Haymarket district, I ask my friends to show me the place where the workers whom the whole world salutes every May 1st were hanged in 1886.
‘It must be around here,’ they tell me. But nobody knows where.
No statue has been erected in memory of the martyrs of Chicago in the city of Chicago. Not a statue, not a monolith, not a bronze plaque. Nothing.
May 1st is the only truly universal day of all humanity, the only day when all histories and all geographies, all languages and all religions and cultures of the world coincide. But in the United States, May 1st is a day like any other. On that day, people work normally and no one, or almost no one, remembers that the rights of the working class did not spring whole from the ear of a goat, or from the hand of God or the boss…
To mark International Workers’ Day, May 1st, there has been a call for a general strike in the US and worldwide.
This year may not end up being a day like any other.
No work, no school, no shopping, no banking, no trading.
Are you in?