30 April, 2015

International Workers' Day - May, 1

On the eve of the May Day weekend the WOA’s Gabfest Club (Dnipropetrovsk / Ukraine) introduced the topic of Labor Day celebrations in Ukraine and USA.
Unlike the European tradition the American Labor day is celebrated in September. But it turned out that the origin of the International Workers' Day (May, 1)   is connected to the tragic events in the USA.
In the late 19th century, the Socialists and Communists have chosen May Day (May, 1) as the date for International Workers' Day to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago in 1886.

The group was introduced to the background of the Haymarket riot in Chicago. It began as a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day and in reaction to the killing of several workers the previous day by the police. An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they acted to disperse the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians; scores of others were wounded. Eight anarchists were convicted of conspiracy some of them were hanged. The topic was illustrated with a documentary about the events in Chicago.
In the second part of the session club members shared their plans for the May Day long weekend.
The most challenging task was to describe the difference between an American BBQ picnic and Ukrainian shashlik picnic.
Number of participants – 9.
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