UPDATED: Protesters Rally for Workers' Rights

Occupy Boston's May Day strike is expected to gain steam as the day goes on.

What Occupiers lacked in numbers they made up for in enthusiasm as about 100 protesters huddled under Trinity Church before marching to Government Center to mark International Worker's Day.

"We're really trying to be advocates for workers rights," said Steve Revilak, an Arlington resident who took the day off from work in spirit of May Day. 

Other protesters held flags and signs - including a large banner declaring 'Decolonize,' created by progressive artist Mark Hanley of Somerville. The counterpart to the banner read 'To Liberate' and they both will be laid on the steps of City Hall.

"I wish it wasn't raining," Hanley said. He's been participating in May Day protests for the past six or seven years, and worker rights for immigrants have been his focus.

On their march from Copley Square, the group paused in front of the Boston Marriott Copley Place, chanting against for out-of-state workers involved in the hotel's renovation project.

"What do we want? Workers rights! When do we want them? Now!" the group chanted.

"May Day stems from a capitalist crime. In 1886, in Chicago, during a period of intense class struggle, they rounded up eight anarchists and accuemed them of something they didn't do. Four were hanged a year later after a fake trial. These executuions sparked an international furor of protest. May First was thereafter celebrated as a workers day," James Herod told a crowd at City Hall. 

Herod said that big government organizations need to be dismantled in favor of direct democracy through popular assemblies."We must break the control that these capitalists have over our lives," he said.

City Councilor Charles Yancey spoke to the crowd at City Hall, saying that tomorrow the council will vote on a resolution to proclaim May 1, 2012, International Workers' Day in Boston.

"The City Council honors whose who improved the quality of workers' lives," Yancey said. "There are many who came before us and sacrificed their lives so that we can have the freedoms we have."

Brandt Hardin May 01, 2012 at 06:05 PM
The Occupy Movement is NECESSARY for our citizens to expose the corruption which Big Business has infected our Government with. Every single person occupying the streets and protesting Corporations is a hero and a patriot. I was compelled to lend a hand and create some new posters for the movement which you can download for free on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/11/propaganda-for-occupy-movement.html
mark orroz May 02, 2012 at 03:19 PM
The "occupy" movement is drummed up by the socialist/communists who have taken over the democratic party in this country and are using he "usefull idiots' to further destroy America. This is NOT a homegrown movement driven by real americans for the betterment of this country. If you want a movement like that you need to look to the Tea Party!!! Occupy is an example of what is wrong with America not the solution to any of our problems. Wake up you idiots- YOU ARE BEING USED!!
Kasey Hariman May 02, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Thanks for commenting, Mark, but I'm not sure I follow. Thousands of born-and-bred American citizens -- "real Americans" -- are participating in the Occupy Movement, so I'm not sure where your belief that this isn't a "homegrown movement" is coming from, but I'm especially interested in your statement about people being used. Who do you think is being used by which people or groups, how are they being used, and to what end? Thanks again for your comment and for any clarification.


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