History of May Day, and “The Corporate Tax Dodgers” #OWS musical protest theatre

Friday 27 April 2012
by Michael Holloway

“The Corporate Tax Dodgers” is a musical and political street theatre group made up of Occupy Wall Street members – the non-violent, civil disobedience protest movement. They produced and present this unique version of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”.

The video above was edited from a report posted at The Real News Network, April 19 2012, “Spring Revival: Occupy Wall Street Seeks to Rejuvenate Movement”.
The edit is the last minute and a half of the original news item -http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3…
The Real News Network’s “Occupy” label -http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=846

“Spring Awakening at Central Park” – an ‘Activist Training Weekend’ held on April 14th 2012 in Central Park in Manhattan. The New York Area General Assemblies came together for an extrodinary General Assembly, to plan towards a day of political theatre, civil disobedience and a protest march against an economic system rigged in favour of International Business Elites. May Day 2012, or “#M1″ is a call for everyone to take the day off work, all work, even unpaid work (like house work) and come out with your family and make your voice heard – now at any one of over 150 cities across the Canada, Mexico and the United States that are planning #M1 events.

#OWS – May 1, 2012 – A Global General Strike – No Work — No School — No Housework — No Shopping – #M1

OccupyToronto (#may1to) - http://occupyto.org/2012/04/may-1st-day-of-action-join-us/
Occupy Wall Street (#M1) A City-by-City Link List -http://occupywallst.org/article/may-day/
AdBusters Occupy Blog - http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/may-2012-insurrection.html

The History of “May Day” – the original Labour Day

May 1, “May Day” is the original ‘Labour Day’. Back in the 1880′s the movement for the 8 hour work day and other worker’s rights, was high lighted by a strike in Chicago during 1886/87 – a long strike of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. The strike was broken when the State used Agent Provocateures to set off a bomb in amongst a crowd of demonstators and police during an out door meeting of strikers – a day after company poice – or “Pinkerton’s” – opened fire on the workers picket line at the plant with live rounds. The events at the out door meeting became known as “The Haymarket Massacre” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_affair). The device killed seven police officers and at least four demonstrators. Four union organizers, that some believe were just ‘patsies’, were hung by the neck until dead for the crime, on November 11, 1887.

The events set back the movement for workers rights for about 10 years, but eventually the ‘Haymarket Affair’ became the catalist that united a nation wide general strike that ensconced bargaining rights through federal legislation that guaranteed the right to collective bargaining for all who chose to join a union – and by osmosis changed working conditions for the better for all people, as working conditions began to parallel those bargained for in the unionized sector.

This workers rights movement was one of the key the foundation stones of the economic agreement between labour and owners that later (after the Second World War) lead to what became known as The Affluent Society – also known as the Middle Class – or in our times, the Consumer Driven Economy [more accurately, the Savings driven economy] (see: “The Affluent Society” 1958 – by J.K. Galbraith -http://books.google.ca/books/about/The_affluent_society.html?id=iLtdAAAAIAAJ)

Related Video: “OWS Spring Awakening with the Tax Dodgers!” -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPslGojm7Q4


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