On behalf of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario, we would like to wish all of our comrades in struggle a happy International Workers' Day or "May Day".
International Workers' Day is a celebration of the working class that is promoted by the International Labour Movement which occurs every year on May 1st. The date was chosen by a pan-national organization of socialist and communist political parties to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which occurred in Chicago on 4 May 1886, the date of the legal establishment of the eight-hour work day, and other demands of the proletariat.
The continued fight for workers' rights cannot be separated from the working class struggle of people with disabilities.
As the late Hellen Keller, deafblind socialist and organizer theorized: "First of all, we must organize. We must make ourselves so aggressive a political factor that our natural protectors can no longer deny us a voice in directing and shaping the laws under which we must live"
Happy May Day!