WORKING CLASS HISTORY: China Celebrates First May Day in 1920

By Leslie Kovner In 1920, early Chinese communists organized rallies and marches to celebrate International Workers’ Day across the country, foreshadowing the mighty revolutionary storm that would soon sweep across the oppressed nation. For decades, famine, warlords, instability, and corruption had weighed heavily on the backs of the Chinese people. The moment of inspiration from the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1912 was beginning … Continue reading WORKING CLASS HISTORY: China Celebrates First May Day in 1920

WORKING CLASS HISTORY: Communist Party of Peru Leads Revolutionary Internationalist Movement in 1984 May Day Actions

By Mike Talavera On May 1, 1984, the Communist Party of Peru (PCP) blew up 30 meters of oil pipeline in northern Peru and hung enormous red banners with the hammer and sickle from the antennas of two Ayacucho radio stations to celebrate International Workers’ Day. “With the first appearance of the sun’s rays the people of the slums saw five meter long banners waving … Continue reading WORKING CLASS HISTORY: Communist Party of Peru Leads Revolutionary Internationalist Movement in 1984 May Day Actions

WORKING CLASS HISTORY: Cleveland May Day Riot of 1919

By Mike Talavera This article is the first in a series of articles on notable May Days from history. Also known as International Workers’ Day, May 1 is a holiday of the working class that was first adopted by the Second International and has since been celebrated by Communists, workers, and the masses the world over. This inaugural story reports on a May Day march … Continue reading WORKING CLASS HISTORY: Cleveland May Day Riot of 1919