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Labor groups to hold May Day rally in Durham

Posted May 1, 2012

— Labor, religious and minority groups are celebrating May Day as the key moment in limiting the American working day to eight hours.

The groups are planning an arts festival, potluck dinner, march and rally in downtown Durham on Tuesday. The groups say their demands are demanding good jobs, living wages, the right to unionization, amnesty for immigrants, a halt to deportations, an end to police brutality, and public-sector jobs, budgets and services that "meet human needs."

Speakers include representatives from the North Carolina AFL-CIO, Compassion Ministry, Farm Labor Organizing Committee, All of Us NC, NC Dream Team, Black Workers for Justice and some Durham city workers.

The first day of May is celebrated in other parts of the world to honor work and workers. The May Day tradition got its start in the United States after the deadly Haymarket riot in 1886, which involved workers striking for a shorter work day.

America's end-of-summer Labor Day holiday was developed during the Cold War as an official government alternative to the labor movement's May Day rallies.


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  • flyguync May 1, 2012

    Hey, don't mess with my 10-hour day, 4-day work week, I like it just the way it is. Don't these people have something more constructive to do?

  • davidbh61255 May 1, 2012

    Keep this on the dl yall, but obama's free cheese truck is on the way to durham!!

  • abbynork May 1, 2012

    World Communism Day!

  • storchheim May 1, 2012

    abbynork, today is MAY 1, not APRIL 1.

  • abbynork May 1, 2012

    An apt day for such a protest.

  • storchheim May 1, 2012

    "The groups say their demands are demanding good jobs, living wages,...

    Hey, good idea! I demand a good job too, before the end of the day please. Silly me, getting up and looking for work every day when all I had to do was demand it!

    "...the right to unionization,..."

    If that drives your life, why did you move here? Why stay?

    "...amnesty for immigrants, a halt to deportations,"

    Which is it? Living wages and good jobs, or a welcome mat for illegals?

    "...an end to police brutality,"

    Stop breaking the law or hanging out with those who do.

    "...and public-sector jobs, budgets and services that "meet human needs."

    The budgets and services do meet human needs, but this gang wants everything paid for. Anything less is "not meeting human needs." They don't want great jobs, they want free stuff and they want to invite certain people ("minorities" is code word for whites need not apply) to get free stuff too!


  • MadMaxx May 1, 2012

    They would have more jobs if the ILLEGALS were forced back across the border they ILLEGALLY crossed. Entitlement seekers can go with them, Mexico will let you Occupy some field somewhere there.

    What you need to do in Durham, is have a rally to get the crime down, send in real police take back these crime ridden sections of Durham (pretty much all over) but do something constructive not BEG for more handouts!

  • FairPlay May 1, 2012

    People with too much time on their hands.People like to protest anywhere, anytime, about anything. Be productive for a change.

  • cwood3 May 1, 2012

    Get a life-get a job!! The United States gov't-in spite of the current leadership's statements-was not created for beggars and freeloaders!!

    Demand all you want!! I demand that benefits be reduced and in some cases eliminated after 6 monthes. Do you think any liberal will listen to me? Of course not. They want these beggars to vote for them.

    Oh-I wonder how many of these occupiers are being PAID to be there?? The DNC and other leftist groups have been known to pay protesters for being at a rally. I wonder if the "Commitee to re-elect Obama" is paying folks to be there??

    ABO-2012-Save America-Anybody but Obama!!

  • mep May 1, 2012

    Demand all you want....