Sian Byrne

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Let us learn from our past struggles, in the USA and in Malaysia. May Day should be an occasion to reflect not jubilate, to engage not agonize, to demand not relent, and to organize, not complain. We need systemic change that can guarantee equality, fraternity, self-management and socialization of the commonwealth, guided by a bottom–up approach to decision making. We need a labor movement that is multicultural and international, feminist, active in urban and rural struggles, and that prizes reason over superstition, justice over hierarchy, self-management over state power, international solidarity over nationalism. We need to fight for a universal human community, not parochialism and separatism. The organizational power and strategi... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
This is a lightly edited transcript of a presentation at a workshop hosted by the International Labor Research & Information Group (ILRIG) and the Orange Farm Human Rights Advice Center in Drieziek extension 1, Orange Farm township, south of Soweto, South Africa, on 24 June 2017. It was attended by a hall full of community and worker activists, including veterans of the big rebellions of the 1980s. Thank you comrades for having me here. The Federation of South African Trade Unions is the focus of my talk. I want to look at what FOSATU stood for and what we can learn from FOSATU. When people remember it, they often label it as marked by “workerism,” and they take that as a bad thing. But I want to show the so-called “... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
The origin of May Day, International Workers Day, lies in the historic fight for decent working hours that culminated in the execution of four trade unionists in Chicago, the United States, in November 1887. This was a decisive moment in the struggle for a just society through militant trade unionism. In Nigeria, May Day was first declared in 1980 by the People’s Redemption Party (PRP)-led government of the late Abubakar Rimi in Kano State. Therefore this article draws attention to the anarchist ethos of, first, building a people’s counter culture to unravel the dominant class culture in the society and, second, building a counter-power that draws its energy from the trade unions, peasantry, the unemployed and the oppressed to ... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
This is a time to embrace working-class unity and challenge the status quo of capitalist oppression. May Day – a call to build an international movement of working class and poor people across lines of race, nation and religion for workers’ control and democracy from below, social justice and freedom from political and economic oppression – remains critical. In a country racked by anti-immigrant violence, racial and ethnic tensions, the fragmentation of the labor federation Cosatu, corporate scandals and political corruption, it is time to remember May Day’s roots and aspirations. The day has become an institutionalized festival, yet its origins lie in powerful struggles for a united, anticapitalist, bottom-up, glo... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
When we commemorate May Day we rarely reflect on why it is a public holiday in Africa or elsewhere. Sian Byrne, Paliani Chinguwo, Warren McGregor, and Lucien van der Walt tell of the powerful struggles that lie behind its existence. INTRODUCTION May Day, international workers day, started as a global general strike commemorating five anarchist labor organizers executed in 1887 in the USA. Mounting the scaffold, August Spies declared: ‘If you think that by hanging us you can stamp out the labor movement – the movement from which the downtrodden millions, the millions who toil and live in want and misery – the wage slaves – expect salvation – if this is your opinion, then hang us! Here you will tread upon a ... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Introduction When we celebrate May Day, we rarely reflect on why it is a public holiday in Malawi or elsewhere. We want to share the powerful struggles that lie behind its existence and the organizations that created it and kept its meaning alive. May Day, international workers day, started as a global general strike commemorating five anarchist labor organizers executed in 1887 in the US. Mounting the scaffold, August Spies declared: “If you think that by hanging us, you can stamp out the labor movement – the movement from which the downtrodden millions, the millions who toil and live in want and misery – the wage slaves – expect salvation – if this is your opinion, then hang us! Here you will tread upon a... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
When we celebrate May Day we seldom know or reflect on why it is a holiday in South Africa and in many parts of the world. Sian Byrne, Warren McGregor and Lucien van der Walt tell the story of powerful struggles that lie behind its existence and of the organizations that both created it and kept its meaning alive. Faced with neo-liberal globalization, the broad working class movement is being forced to globalize-from-below. Working class internationalism is nothing new; we need to learn from the past. May Day or international workers day started as a global general strike to commemorate five anarchist labor organizers executed in the United States in 1887. Mounting the scaffold, August Spies declared: ‘if you think that by hanging u... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
The French Anarchists in London, 1880–1914: Exile and Transnationalism in the First Globalization, by Constance Bantman. Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2013. 256 pp. $99.95 US (cloth). The Knights Errant of Anarchy: London and the Italian Anarchist Diaspora (1880–1917), by Pietro Di Paola. Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2013. 256 pp. $99.95 US (cloth). The Haymarket Conspiracy: Transatlantic Anarchist Networks, by Timothy Messer-Kruse. Urbana, Chicago, Springfield, University of Illinois Press, 2012. ix, 236 pp. $30.00 US (paper), $85.00 US (cloth). Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Authoritarianism and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897–1921, by K.R. Schaffer. Urbana, Chicago and Springfield, University of Ill... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)

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