May 1st is celebrated all over the world as labor day, May Day started in the U.S. in Chicago in 1886 during the fight for the 8-hour day. Immigrant workers know about los martires de Chicagothe Chicago martyrs, unionists who were executed on trumped-up charges of fomenting the Haymarket riot in 1886. We need to reclaim May Day as the real Labor Day, a day of struggle, and we thank immigrants for making this holiday big in the U.S. again.
Sponsored by the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition. Speakers, music, entertainment. One of the scheduled speakers is Linda Chavez-Thompson, former vice president of the AFL-CIO and candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas.
This is a ZGraphix production. http://zgraphix.org/
Produced by Jeff Zavala.
Photography by Jason Cato.