You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
                                                      -Mother Jones

Saturday May 2, 1903
National Association of Manufacturers: "Shall Americanism or Unionism rule?"

This and more from John M. Kirby Jr. of the Dayton Employers' Association:
Shall we then, as Americans, sacrifice all that is American by sitting idly by and permitting agitators to hold their jobs through such dastardly methods, or shall we organize into a solid, coherent mass, which cannot be penetrated by these destroyers of peace and prosperity and thus discharge a solemn duty which we owe to our country.
"All that is American" refers to the open shop. The "dastardly methods" refer to the recent boycotts on goods sold without the union label, and also to the eight-hour boycotts. The "agitators" are, of course, the leadership of the American Federation of Labor. Now, as to the great "peace and prosperity," that would be their peace and prosperity once unionism is destroyed. Our "peace and prosperity" is not on the agenda of the National Association of Manufacturers.

History of the Labor Movement in the United States
The Policies and Practices of the American Federation of Labor 1900-1909

-by Philip S Foner
International Pub, 1981

Friday May 2, 1913
From the Military Bastille in Pratt, West Virginia: Mother Jones to Terence V. Powderly

(As written, without correction except for punctuation, as needed, for clarity.)

...And of all the brutal gang you ever saw, it is down here. No where in the country could you find more brutality than you do here. Men have been shot down in cold blood. The children have been starved to death, some of them. About four weeks ago they took 11 of the boys away from here. You should have heard the wails of their children and their wives. But it did not pierce the heart of the cold blooded pirates of the ruling class. The martial law is taken off here now and they are getting ready to move the militia. I don't know just exactly when they will get out but I suppose when they get out they will turn me loose...
                                                                               Mother Jones
The Correspondence of
Mother Jones

-ed by Edward M Steel
U of Pittsburgh Press, 1985

Thursday May 2, 2013
From The Real News: Round-up of Global May Day Demonstrations

And a few photos from Common Dreams:

A great diary yesterday, by Tool on May Day in New York:

Fight for 15 in Oakland on May Day by jpmassar:

Tool's video from May Day 2012, still one of my favorites!

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Thu May 02, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Anti-Capitalist Chat, Protest Music, and In Support of Labor and Unions.

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