May Day is an internationally recognized day of celebration of the working class. Although officially, Labor Day in the United States is 2 September, the 1 May International Workers Day has its roots in Chicago. A labor rally on 4 May 1886 in support of the ongoing general strike for an eight hour working day led to a massacre at Haymarket Square. By 1 May 1890 international demonstrations were being held to remember the workers murdered by authorities during the rally, the eight workers charged with conspiracy and murdered by the state following the rally, and to protest the “red scare” tactics of harassing workers and immigrants.

In 2006, May Day was chosen as a national day of action in support of immigration reform in the US. Today we continue to acknowledge not only the events that happened in Chicago, but global struggles for dignity, respect and advancing workers and immigrants rights.

Workers Film Festival connects labor and social justice issues to audiences through the arts and culture. Expressing labor history and workers struggles as educational entertainment, while supporting social change movements.

We encourage labor film series and festivals to spread. We borrow ideas from and act in solidarity with Santa Cruz Reel Work May Day Labor Film FestivalSan Francisco LaborFest, DC LaborFest, Rochester Labor Film Series, and London Labour Film Festival. To the streets on 1 May!

Workers Film Festival in San Diego will also be acting in solidarity with the Global Labor Film Festival 2015 featuring screenings around the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East.

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