Thoughts on May 1st and organized class struggle.

“Truly, history has a lot to teach us about the roots of our radicalism. When we remember that people were shot so we could have the 8-hour day; if we acknowledge that homes with families in them were burned to the ground so we could have Saturday as part of the weekend; when we recall 8-year old victims of industrial accidents who marched in the streets protesting working conditions and child labor only to be beat down by the police and company thugs, we understand that our current condition cannot be taken for granted – people fought for the rights and dignities we enjoy today, and there is still a lot more to fight for. The sacrifices of so many people can not be forgotten or we’ll end up fighting for those same gains all over again. This is why we celebrate May Day.”

  • Our past tells us that those in power will not hand the people things like Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, or Worker’s rights. There must be a struggle for freedoms and rights to which each human is entitled. They must be fought for, and if they are not, those in power will abuse our Human Rights further.

“From our experience, we’ve learned this key principle – “You only get what you’re organized to take.” “

“The fight, as we see it, is not a fight for pity, it’s necessarily a fight for power.”

The On-Line Conference on Community Organizing and Development

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