Saint Paul Celebrates International Workers Day

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Boisterous crowds of workers, immigrants and union members celebrated International Workers Day on May 1 with a march from the Saint Paul Cathedral to the Minnesota State Capitol. In the United States, International Workers’ Day commemorates the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago. After someone threw a dynamite bomb at police as they dispersed a public meeting, Chicago police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight-hour workday, killing several demonstrators and resulting in the deaths of several police officers — mostly from friendly fire. That strike culminated in the eight-hour workday.

This day is celebrated in about 100 countries around the world, some as Workers day, others as May Day. In 1955 the Roman Catholic Church dedicated May 1 to, “St. Joseph The Worker.” Right-wing governments have often tried to suppress the message of International Workers Day. May Day origins.

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Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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