Happy May 1st to all. To all those who work: whether it be at home, in the office, at school, on the street, in the factory, in the air, at sea, on the road, underground, in orbit… this is our bond.. we work. Today.. one day out of the year… on this day we remember the millions worldwide… throughout history and still today who have fought and died to bring us a better life. To bring us things like healthcare, retirement plans, 8 hour work days, and WEEKENDS! Yet this is not only a day for remembering and honoring, but to renew a commitment. The commitment to struggle.. whether it be through everyday work or specific direct-action, the struggle around the world continues, for a better life, where profit is not the only god, but where quality of life and human dignity are valued above all.
On this day I remember Joe Hill. Organizer, Worker, Poet, Human. Murdered by the firing squad of the state of Utah. His life commitment to fighting for change will always be an inspiration for my own life commitment.
(Written in his cell, November 18, 1915,
on the eve of his execution)
My will is easy to decide,
For there is nothing to divide.
My kind don’t need to fuss and moan —
“Moss does not cling to a rolling stone.”
My body? Ah, If I could choose,
I would to ashes it reduce,
And let the merry breezes blow
My dust to where some flowers grow.
Perhaps some fading flower then
Would come to life and bloom again.
This is my last and final will.
Good luck to all of you.