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posted 01 May 2007 03:50 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Doing anything interesting for it?
From: I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell. | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
Scott Piatkowski
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posted 01 May 2007 04:55 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Now she has her own day?
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The Wizard of Socialism
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posted 01 May 2007 06:09 AM      Profile for The Wizard of Socialism   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Of course not! April 13th. is Backroom Dealer's Day. May & Dion share it.
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Steppenwolf Allende
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posted 01 May 2007 09:50 AM      Profile for Steppenwolf Allende     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, t'is International Labour Day--the day that represents the struggles of working class people of every race, religion, nationality, etc., all over the world for freedom, equality, dignity, cooperation and mutual respect, prosperity and sustainaiblity, throughout history, as well as just the plain old fashioned hard work, innovation and lives we lead.

I know talk of this day is almost taboo in North America, and in many countries where it is recognized, governments use it as an excuse to show off their military might and similar ways they waste working people's tax dollars--or various right-wing politicians and their corporate parasite backers try to take credit for all the supposed good they do for the people who work and pay for their worthless privileged existence.

None the less, in keeping with the real historic spirit of the day, I want to wish all those working class people and free-thinkers, freedom-fighters and activists on the Rabble a happy May Day.

Things may seem pretty hopeless now, and it looks like things may get worse. But they have been worse before, and we have somehow found way to make them better. Don't give up. That is never an option.


Democracy, as with socialism, is not an institution. It's a living collective learning process for people. It can’t be imposed; only mastered by those who seek it.

Written by me in a commentary in 2005

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posted 01 May 2007 10:13 AM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Democracy is an institution as far as the right is concerned. And it can be bought and paid for like property and people's working lives. Socialism has to have strong leadership in order to survive in any country. The right often speaks of a property-owning democracy, but they intend for a few to own much at the expense of many. In Cuba before 1959, injustice and hopelessness was the rule, and Cubans had been stripped of most property. High rents were paid by sharecropping farmers in the countryside and tenants renting their dwellings in cities. The socialist revolution has created more property owners in Cuba than all of the decades of oppressive foreign ownership and capitalism before it.

Viva la revolucion!

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posted 01 May 2007 10:33 AM      Profile for scott   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In my community we dress up, in blue, or in costume, and it is a water festival. We used to do the full Mayday thing with the Maypole, but I like the parade, you get more participation and less people watching someone else do something. It doesn't happen till Saturday though, so here are some photos from last year:
Mayday Water Festival

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posted 01 May 2007 11:18 AM      Profile for jrootham     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just woke up after Morris dancing at dawn in High Park.

First year at dawn (1978) was minus two and snowing. Things haven't been that cold since.

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