- 3:02 pm - Wed, May 1, 2013
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In our continuing coverage of underappreciated holidays, today is May 1st, celebrated in many places around the world as International Workers’ Day! While its observance in the US is not widespread (because of its origins in the unpleasant Haymarket Incident and subsequent association with the Soviet Union), it’s a good reason to indulge in a bit of vintage propaganda artwork. It’s also worth reading about ongoing struggles for workers’ rights and the freedom of assembly from Turkey to Bangladesh.
However, many groups around the US do observe International Workers’ Day, such as Occupy Wall Street and allied groups in New York City. As they did in 2012, workers and students are striking today and demonstrating in Union Square at noon. It is a powerful experience, especially in an age where more mass protests are online than in person.
Those beaming Khrushchev-era children come courtesy of RIA-Novosti. The other images, appropriately, are in the public domain.