Both the local Occupy Movement and Democratic Socialists of America held a May Day musical tribute to both Woody Guthrie and Joe Hill. Several are musicians got together, with a crowd of about 100, to remember what May fist is all about.
“The Occupy Movement is trying to take May Day back as a labor holiday,’ said Janice Bradley.
She added that they leafleted out a packing plant on the south-east end of Wichita.
As stated in the flyer the Occupy people handed out;
“May 1, International Workers Day, is a holiday for workers, celebrated in most countries of the world, except where it originated, in the US. On May 1, 1886, workers in the US organized the world’s first nationwide general strike for the 8- hour day.
In Chicago, police fired on workers during the May 1, general strike, killing a dozen demonstrators. In
1889, international workers’ organizations declared May 1, International Workers’ Day. Our elected oppressors have tried everything to disconnect US workers from this holiday, but the Occupy Wall St. movement is reviving May Day in the US.This Tuesday, May 1, 2012, Occupy Wichita raises demands for economic justice for the 99% and solidarity with immigrant workers.”
“They probably haven’t really celebrated May Day much in Years,” said Stuart Elliott, of DSA.
“It’s a big holiday in Europe,” said Rannfrid Thelle.
. “Everyone dresses up. It’s a day of pride.”
Both Occupy Wichita and DSA sponsored this event.