May 1 will mark International Workers’ Day, or May Day, a day of labor action to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which involved the 1886 massacre of on-strike Chicago factory workers.
Since then, thanks to workers, May Day has become an official holiday all over the world. It has also become a movement in which student action has been instrumental.
First we have news about May Day events this year. Following are links to stories about student protests, which we are dubbing The Student Spring in the hope that more will bloom.
May Day Protests: Before and After
May 1 Rally for Equity at University of Akron
In Akron, Ohio, the Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association has scheduled a May 1 Rally for Equity, 11 am – 2 pm on the plaza between the Student Union and Buchtel Hall on the University of Akron’s main campus. Map. All faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend to show solidarity with UA’s part-time faculty whose lives are seriously impacted by a recent administrative decision that cuts their course loads to eight credit hours per semester. This decision was made so that UA could avoid providing health care benefits required under the Affordable Care Act. To help us gauge participation, we ask that you complete a confidential participation form.
Read more, including the April 29 Page one story in the Akron Beacon Journal, “Part-time faculty at UA to rally over classroom cuts and its April 28 column by Michael Douglas, editorial page editor, “Failing marks in higher education.”
SUNY New Paltz UUP and Student-Labor Coalition rally together
SUNY New Paltz UUP and Student-Labor Coalition will be launching “May Day $5K” with rallies at New Paltz and elsewhere as well as collecting signatures for a national campaign to raise the salary and improve the working conditions for the majority of teachers in higher education throughout the country. The campaign, initiated by NFM Board (and founding) Member Peter D.G. Brown, is aimed at the roughly one million part-time adjuncts and full-time lecturers, who comprise the so-called “contingent” academic labor force not on the tenure track. For more information, contact: Peter D.G. Brown, 845-257-2783, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media coverage: Higher pay for adjuncts is goal of SUNY New Paltz protest
New York University May Day
A preview of New York University May Day activities
Cornell University May Day events on Facebook
May Day Events in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, N. Mexico
Workshop on Fighting Austerity: What is Austerity and how do we fight back? A Solidarity Against Austerity May Day Mobilization Lead-Up Event
This event includes a march at 6 p.m. and a workshop from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, in Ottawa, Canada at the University of Ottawa and other locations. Speakers and panelists include: Geoff Bickerton, Yafa Jarrar, Jen Moore, Ben Powless, Donald Swartz. Read more.
Adjuncts File State Complaint Over Limits on Hours
On Monday, the adjunct union at Kalamazoo Valley Community College challenged a policy setting limits on adjunct hours due to the Affordable Care Act. The union filed a grievance with Michigan officials. Read more at Inside Higher Ed and at MLive. On Tuesday, adjuncts were expected to protest at the college.
Adjunct professors protest limit on work related to health care law
New Hampshire adjunct professors protested course load limits in response to the Affordable Care Act. Read more.
Capilano University instructors & students protest program cuts
Students and faculty at Capilano University’s studio art program used the April 27 graduation to protest the university’s decision to cut the program. Read more.
Anonymous Global Day of Resistance
Anonymous calls People in the World for Global Day Of Resistance 1st May 2013 and issued a Press Release.
Occupy Wall Street Mayday 2013
Groups from around New York City are coming together this May Day to stand up for worker rights and immigrant rights, and fight back against the 1 percent. Join labor unions, the May 1st Coalition, immigrant rights groups, Occupy Wall Street and student groups as they come together and say Another World Is Possible! Find out more.
Click below for more information on May Day events in the following cities, courtesy of MSN.com:
New York City
The Student Spring: Protests Bloom
Peaceful protest decries closing of UA Office of Multicultural Development. April 23, 2013. University of Akron students protest UA’s decision to eliminate the Office of Multicultural Development next fall.
OU students disrupt Trustees meeting. April 19, 2013. Raw video of Ohio University students protesting a tuition hike.
NC Student Power Union plans May-Day march. April 25, 2013. The North Carolina Student Power Union, a group founded by college students across the state, will lead a protest on May 1st criticizing Pat McCrory’s proposed budget, which recommends over $140 million in cuts to the UNC System, among other measures.
Gruesome Demonstration Protests UC Regents’ “Silencing” of Students. April 25, 2013. Students occupied an area in the Arbor, protesting the University’s ongoing disconnect with UC students.
Students protest at Culinary Institute. April 23, 2013. About 90 students at the Culinary Institute of America walked out of classes Tuesday to protest what they called a weakening enforcement of educational standards.
Proposed U. parking garage spurring student protest. April 24, 2013. A proposed $6 million parking garage could mean major parking help at the University of Utah. But some students say the garage would ruin another multimillion dollar university facility that’s less than five years old.
Protesters push past staff, students into Dimensions show. April 22, 2013. Students at Dartmouth College protest recent incidents of homophobia, sexual assault and racism on campus.
CPS protests: Students reject tests, charter school backers want equal funding. April 24, 2013. Chicago Public School students protest standardized testing.