Today, IWJ Worker Center Network affiliates are participating in a variety of actions for International Worker Day. These events will address important issues in local communities, like our friends in Ithaca, N.Y. working to raise the minimum wage there, or our friends in Los Angeles seeking legalization of undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles.
What began as the struggle for an eight hour work day in the U.S. in the 1880s in Chicago, May Day has grown to symbolize a day to celebrate solidarity across ethnic, racial, religious and gender boundaries all around the world. In 2006 hundreds of thousands of immigrants took the streets to demand legalization and their place within the fold of the American mainstream. Today the 99 percent movement in cities across this country are leading mass marches and rallies with labor unions, immigrant advocacy groups, faith communities and worker centers to demand a more fair economy.
Find out more about what IWJ affiliated worker centers are doing for May Day.
Joe Hopkins is IWJ's Worker Center Network Assistant and a US-2 missionary with the United Methodist Church.