Immigrants were heavily involved in the labor struggles of the late nineteenth century. The criminalization of eight anarchists–including Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engel, and Adolph Fischer who were killed by the State of Illinois–led to May 1 being recognized as international workers day.
In their memory, let us mark today with hope and witness. As the Haymarket Monument in Chicago reminds us: “The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today.”
Image source: Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde