Monday, May 02, 2016
May Day event held in Wichita, KS
By SJ Otto
We had a small but enthusiastic gathering for May Day 2016. I gave a history of May Day, with the fight for an eight hour work week, in 1886. The whole world was supporting that effort. There was also the Haymarket affair, with a riot and bombing, in which four people were sentenced to death for giving speeches during the bombing.
Janice Bradley pointed out this it was struggles like this where Americans actually fight for our freedom.
"When the military says they are fighting for our freedom that is the biggest crock," she said.
Members of the group recalled a big May Day celebration with Mexican Americans, focusing on immigrant reforms, a few years ago, where the numbers were huge.
Out May Day event was held at the Peace and Social Justice center in Wichita.