By Lloyd Alter.
We always look for a green angle in any holiday, and a few years back a commenter found it for us:
This is a holiday about social justice which is inseparable from environmental justice.
Happy Labour Day (And That Is How You Should Spell It)
I have noted before that Labor day has Canadian roots, but the real reason we are celebrating it as a holiday celebrating labor is political; May Day was too pinko for Grover Cleveland. Brendan Koerner wrote in Slate
In 1894, after President Grover Cleveland ordered the brutal suppression of the Pullman Strike, he realized that he had to do something to curry favor with the labor movement, which viewed him with contempt. Worried that a May 1 holiday would encourage rabble-rousing in commemoration of the Haymarket Riot, he followed the lead of several states and made the first Monday in September a federal holiday in honor of the workingman.
On This Labor Day, Demand Safe Green Jobs, And Honor Those Who Work With Their Hands
Two years ago, our focus was on celebrating those who work with their hands.
There is a price to pay for…
Read more at TREEHUGGER
View Escape The Illusion
Subscribe via RSS