A woman takes a photo of the Self-propelled artillery vehicle Msta S prior to a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade which will take place at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square on May 9 to celebrate 73 years after the victory in WWII, in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky) (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) Workers and activists around the world marked May Day on Tuesday with rallies and other events to press their governments to address labor issues. International Workers’ Day is a public holiday in many countries, though activities are restricted in some places, sometimes leading to confrontations. A look at some of the events around the world: ___ FRANCE Thousands of people marched across the French capital to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies during a May Day event that brought scattered acts of vandalism and arson to Paris. Several vehicles, including a car, a motorbike … [Read more...] about Workers, activists mark May Day with defiant rallies
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Eugene might be more apt to recognize the first of May as Beltaine, an ancient pagan holiday marking the beginning of summer, but local unions and workers’ rights organizations would like you to know that May Day is also International Workers’ Day, featuring events locally and in Salem calling attention to worker and immigrant rights. Lonnie Douglas of Eugene-Springfield Solidarity Network points to Chicago’s Haymarket Massacre as the launching point for the modern May Day. While May Day protests and celebrations might have more traction theses days in Europe and elsewhere, the origins are with American unions, he says. Douglas says the first May Day in 1886 led to more than “300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the U.S. walking off their jobs in protest against the abuses and greed of the rich bosses.” In Chicago, 40,000 workers went out on strike demanding an eight-hour workday. Two days later, Chicago police fired on protesters and striking steel … [Read more...] about May Day!
PORTLAND, Ore. -- May Day protests turned violent in the Pacific Northwest as demonstrators in Portland, Oregon, threw smoke bombs and Molotov cocktails at police while elsewhere, thousands of people peacefully marched against President Trump's immigration and labor policies. From New England to the Midwest to the West Coast, people chanted and picketed against Mr. Trump along with the traditional May Day labor rallies. Protesters flooded streets in Chicago. At the White House gates, they demanded "Donald Trump has got to go!" In Portland, Oregon, police shut down a protest they said had become a riot and arrested more than two dozen people. CBS Portland affiliate KOIN-TV reports marchers chanted "Hey hey, ho ho, deportations have got to go," as they moved through downtown streets. "Although peaceful protesters stayed on the planned route at the beginning of the march, things quickly got out of hand when a group of people became violent," the station says. Police there blamed … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo May Day demonstrations turn violent in Northwest, dozens arrested
NEW YORK - Immigrant and union groups plan to march in cities across the U.S. on Monday to mark May Day and protest against President Donald Trump's efforts to boost deportations. Tens of thousands of immigrants and their allies are expected to rally in cities such as New York, Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles. Demonstrations also are planned for dozens of smaller cities from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Portland, Oregon. In many places, activists are urging people to skip work, school and shopping to show the importance of immigrants in American communities. While union members traditionally march on May 1 for workers' rights in countries around the world, the day has become a rallying point for immigrants in the U.S. since massive demonstrations were held on the date in 2006 against a proposed immigration enforcement bill. May Day, also called International Worker's Day, traditionally focused on workers' rights. But on Monday, other issues have come to the fore, including … [Read more...] about Immigrants plan May Day rallies to protest Trump policies
Sen. John McCain, who is battling a deadly form of brain cancer, on Wednesday tweeted a poignant Valentine's Day message to his wife, Cindy."Happy #ValentinesDay to my valentine @cindymccain!"The tweeted included an old photo of Cindy hugging McCain, who is wearing a plaid flannel shirt and a University of Arizona baseball cap.McCain, 81, and Cindy McCain, 63, have been married since May 17, 1980. McCain is the 2008 Republican nominee for president and a six-term senator from Arizona.McCain in July was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. In December, he was hospitalized in Bethesda, Maryland, for a viral infection and for side effects to his ongoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment. He returned to Arizona on Dec. 17 where he has remained, getting physical therapy at his family's cabin in Cornville, near Sedona.McCain missed an informal goal of returning to the Senate in January and it remains unclear when he will go back to Washington, D.C.Meghan … [Read more...] about Read Sen. John McCain’s Valentine’s Day message to wife Cindy McCain