1 MAY 2012
May 1st, International Workers' Day, commemorates the historic struggle of working people throughout the world, and is recognized in every country except the United States, Canada, and South Africa. This despite the fact that the holiday began in the 1880s in the United States, with the fight for an eight-hour work day.
In 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions passed a resolution stating that eight hours would constitute a legal day's work from and after May 1, 1886. The resolution called for a general strike to achieve the goal, since legislative methods had already failed. With workers being forced to work ten, twelve, and fourteen hours a day, rank-and-file support for the eight-hour movement grew rapidly, despite the indifference and hostility of many union leaders. By April 1886, 250,000 workers were involved in the May Day movement.
The heart of the movement was in Chicago, organized primarily by the anarchist International Working People's Association. Businesses and the state were terrified by the increasingly revolutionary character of the movement and prepared accordingly. The police and militia were increased in size and received new and powerful weapons financed by local business leaders. Chicago's Commercial Club purchased a $2000 machine gun for the Illinois National Guard to be used against strikers. Nevertheless, by May 1st, the movement had already won gains for many Chicago clothing cutters, shoemakers, and packing-house workers. But on May 3, 1886, police fired into a crowd of strikers at the McCormick Reaper Works Factory, killing four and wounding many. Anarchists called for a mass meeting the next day in Haymarket Square to protest the brutality.
The meeting proceeded without incident, and by the time the last speaker was on the platform, the rainy gathering was already breaking up, with only a few hundred people remaining. It was then that 180 cops marched into the square and ordered the meeting to disperse. As the speakers climbed down from the platform, a bomb was thrown at the police, killing one and injuring seventy. Police responded by firing into the crowd, killing one worker and injuring many others.
Critiques | Translate
cornejo (22766) 2012-04-30 11:13
i Constantine, very good and nice picture to celebrate the May 1, good framing, sharpness, color and light. Very good and lovely job very well done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy start to the week.
Best regards and best wishes.
emilbo (21555) 2012-04-30 15:49
Magnifique scène printanière, Il ne manque plus les amoureux sur le banc mais il fait peut-être encore un peu froid. Bonne composition et excellente perspective avec les montagnes brumeuses en arrière-plan. Les roses en avant-plan attirent l'attention et participent à la beauté de la photo.
Félicitations!... et toutes mes amitiés,
Sonata11 (31303) 2012-04-30 20:57
Great composition of celebrate of the May 1. Wonderful executed image. Marvellous shot with the gorgeous and beautiful red roses in FG. Thanks for sharing.
Vague (301) 2012-04-30 23:17
Όμορφος τρόπος να τιμήσεις την πρωτομαγιά! Στο καθαρά φωτογραφικό μέρος: Καλό θέμα και ισορροπημένο κάδρο. Ίσως θα ήταν λίγο καλύτερη μία ελαφρώς διαφορετική γωνία λήψης ώστε να μη συνωστίζονται δεξιά τα τριαντάφυλλα, το σκάφος και οι γερανοί στο φόντο.
siamesa (27461) 2012-05-01 2:34
Bom dia Costantino
Spectacular view and a very beautiful flowers.
Kielia (21603) 2012-05-01 2:47
a very beautiful impression on the occasion of this important day. The red flowers of course play the important role in this composition.
It was also a pleasure reading the interesting note. My compliments!
adramad (31171) 2012-05-01 7:19
Magnificent and very appropriate image, to commemorate International Workers Day, delicious touch of rose color in the foreground, while we see the image behind the boat and the vast panorama of the bay.
Ideal brightness of the image and the feeling of calm and relaxation, which transmits this quiet ride.
Have a nice day.
tedesse (24008) 2012-05-01 10:34
Γεια σας Costantino!
Μια ενδιαφέρουσα άποψη της μαρίνας, υπέροχα χρώματα και καλή ευκρίνεια.
Μια καλή σημείωση.
mesutilgim (73189) 2012-05-01 10:45
Nice dedication to this very special day !
The red roses symbolises perfectly the day of the workers !
Good pov and good layout.
TFS and best regards
Schnappilic (9144) 2012-05-02 11:59
A splendid composition and atmosphere for the first of May together with interesting note.
All the best,
- Copyright: Costantino Topas (COSTANTINO) (44317)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-04-29
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Event
- Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-30 11:04