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May Day: Reclaiming the Anarchist Tradition (english)
29 Apr 2003
Jon Bekken (IWW, Anarcho-Syndicalist Review) and Robert D'Attilio (Sacco & Vanzetti Project, ex-Black Rose) speak at the Lucy Parsons Center on the inter-connected traditions of anarchism and May Day.
May Day: Reclaiming the Anarchist Tradition*

Friday, May 2nd, 6-10pm

Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Ave.
Boston (south end)
(617) 267-6272

- The Haymarket Tradition: An Anarchist History of Mayday in the United States (6pm)
by Jon Bekken, (Anarcho-Syndicalist Review, Industrial Workers of the World)

- Primo Maggio: Mayday as Celebrated by Italian Anarchists in America
by Robert D'Attilio (Sacco & Vanzetti Project, ex-Black Rose)

For more information, contact:
boston (at)

* This event is part of Mayday 2003: Reviving Radical Roots


In 1887 four Chicago anarchists were executed. A fifth cheated the
hangman by killing himself in prison. Three more were to spend 6 years in prison until pardoned by Governor Altgeld who said the trial that
convicted them was characterised by "hysteria, packed juries and a biased judge". The state had, in the words of the prosecution put "Anarchy .. on trial" and hoped their deaths would also be the death of the anarchist idea.

The anarchists were trade union organisers and May Day became an
international workers day to remember their sacrifice. They were framed on false charges of throwing a bomb at police breaking up a demonstration in Chicago. This was part of a strike demanding an 8 hour day involving 400,000 workers in Chicago that started May 1st 1886.

The anarchist idea did not die in Chicago in 1887. Today it inspires a
new wave of struggle against global capitalism. Join us as we celebrate the inter-connected history and tradition of anarchism and Mayday, and look ahead to finishing the struggle that began over a century ago...


Reviving Radical Roots
M A Y D A Y 2 0 0 3


may 1 - 11:30am (copley square)
may day picnic and march
We'll have a picnic in Copley Square and a march will
leave from there and meet up with a rally for
immigrant rights.

may 2 - 6pm (lucy parsons center, 549 columbus avenue
- mass ave T)
speakers: Jon Bekken (IWW) - The Haymarket Tradition: An
Anarchist History of Mayday in the United States, and
Bob D'Attilio (Sacco & Vanzetti Project, ex-Black Rose) on
Primo Maggio:Mayday as Celebrated by Italian Anarchists in America .

may 3 - noon-6pm (jamaica plain - stony brook T)
wake up the earth festival
Join us for carnival games at this annual event,
including Dunk the Landlord, Send Romney Back to Utah,
Pin the Bucks on the Budget and Break Down the Prison
Industrial Complex.

may 4 - 2pm (mission hill - roxbury crossing T)
pickup soccer
Enjoy the weather and join is for a pickup game of

Everyone welcome!

For more information, email r3 (at)
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