Topic - May Day

May Day occurs on May 1st and refers to several public holidays. In many countries, May Day is synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, a day of political demonstrations and celebrations organised by unions and other groups. May Day is also a traditional holiday in many cultures. - Source: Wikipedia

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    Sen. Dick Durbin joined thousands of union activists, anarchists and proud Marxists for a May Day rally Wednesday, speaking about the importance of immigration reform.

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  • Jesse Morgan (left) looks on during a May Day rally in Atlanta on May 1, 2012. While a black preacher told a crowd of about 100 immigration activists that incarcerated blacks and detained illegal immigrants faced similar challenges, Morgan stood to one side of the May Day protesters holding a large sign that read "Radical Queers Resist." (Associated Press)

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    Over the last several years, May Day rallies in the United States have been dominated by activists pushing for a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally. But since 2006, when hundreds of thousands took to the streets in cities across America, the rallies have gotten smaller, less focused and increasingly splintered by any number of groups with a cause.

  • Jesse Morgan, carrying a sign that reads, "Radical Queers Resist," stands to the side of immigration protesters Tuesday in Atlanta. May Day rallies in the U.S. focusing on immigration have become increasingly splintered by other causes. (Associated Press)

    Immigration movement weakening

    Over the last several years, May Day rallies in the United States have been dominated by activists pushing for a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally. But since 2006, the rallies have gotten smaller, less focused and increasingly splintered by any number of groups with a cause.

  • Protesters burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a rally near the president's Malacanang Palace in Manila on Labor Day, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Workers express anger, gloom, elation on May Day

    On the front lines of May Day protests this year, along with the traditional chants, banners and marches, a gamut of emotions flowed through the crowds.

  • Occupy protesters unveil a banner Tuesday in New York's Bryant Park as part of worldwide May Day demonstrations. They went on to march to financial institutions, including Chase and Citibank, as the crowd grew to several hundred. (Associated Press)

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Protesters march during a rally after a federal immigration raid of the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa, in May. The Rubashkin family, which runs the kosher slaughterhouse, deny accusations they knowingly hired illegal immigrants.

    EDITORIAL: May Day malaise

    May 1 brought marches and rallies to commemorate International Workers' Day to nearly every corner of the globe. Yet even the left was unable to muster much enthusiasm for a socialist holiday that in the United States has morphed into an excuse to demand amnesty for those living and working in the country illegally. That's a message that few are buying when jobs are already in short supply.

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