Friday, May 2, 2014

May Day

Yesterday was a holiday, so it's a nice surprise every time I remember that today is actually Friday and not Monday! 

Yesterday, May 1st, was el Día del Trabajo, also known as May Day, International Labor Day, or International Worker's Day. This day is recognized internationally -- though no longer (officially) in the U.S. -- and is traditionally a day to demand job reform and better conditions.

According to the newspaper La Jornada, in Mexico City there were two main marches downtown, which included various groups and whose main protests included the rejection of the structural reforms put in place by President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration, unemployment, and economic policy that continues to generate more poverty. 

May Day March
Source: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/ultimas/2014/05/01/marchas-por-el-dia-del-trabajo
May Day March
Source: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/ultimas/2014/05/01/marchas-por-el-dia-del-trabajo


The U.S. used to honor International Workers' Day, remembering protestors that were killed in Chicago during a 1886 strike for an eight-hour workday. However, May Day, associated with populist movements, has since been replaced with Labor Day in September in the U.S. You can read more in the article "What's Left of May Day?", an opinion piece by Nathan Schneider, which was published in Al Jazeera America yesterday. 

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