Is there some subterranean -- even subversive -- connection between spring celebration of the Earth and spring celebration of work and time for rest?
Today's Maytime Faerie Festivals, including Spoutwood Farm's May Day Fairie Festival, the Maryland Faerie Festival, and the New York Faerie Festival, are outgrowths of this vibrant May tradition. They feature kings and queens, Maypole dances, flower garlands and beautiful costumes.
I know many people who are sympathetic to Wicca but have little idea what we "do": how we worship, celebrate, meditate, pray. Spring, celebrated as a time of rebirth in so many different spiritual traditions, seems a good time to address such questions.
The brutal process of applying and waiting for acceptances is over. Now, seniors get to decide which college's offer of admissions to accept. While many adults and students often get attached to college names, they should both realize that colleges are so much more than their names.
What is at stake is not only the ideal of a political culture that respects and cherishes diversity, freedom and debate, but also the vision of a society where equality of opportunity is a work-in-progress through the social commitment of all.
OWS takes the traditional Marxist notion of class, simplifies it and inflates it into two cartoons -- the 99 percent and the 1 percent. In the process, it manages to ignore about 150 years of Marxist discussion and debate.
May Day 2012 didn't have a concrete agenda, but it opened a forum for voices that are typically silenced and ignored. And while racist hostility pervades the mainstream political arena, Occupy may be one of the only spaces left for immigrants to speak up without fear.
The LGBTQTSGNC contingent's May Day march marks an important moment in the confluence of LGBTQ, immigrant rights, and economic justice movements. Increasingly, LGBTQ organizations have brought light to migrant and worker issues within LGBTQ community organizing.
For LGBTQ, particularly transgender, immigrants, the partnership between local law enforcement, federal agencies and Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE) inevitably lead to violence.
With no advance arrangements, it was a little sketchy if we were going to be able to do it at all. Would there be a shut down intersection? Would people show up? Would police stop us? Would others like it?
Media hypocrisy about the Occupy Wall Street movement is old news. But the New York Times hit the "refresh" button once again with its coverage of the May Day demonstrations in New York and around the country on May 2.
After an early morning with no emergency vehicle sirens or overhead helicopters, I realized I didn't know when or where the planned Occupy LA May Day demonstrations were taking place.
Many people might be surprised to learn that the May Day celebrations that occurred around the world in 2012 were born more than a century ago out of a struggle by American workers for the eight-hour day.
May Day, also known as International Workers' Day, is historically a day for the working class to rise up in demonstration and march for higher wages, equal access to jobs, and the right to unionize.
Unlike most advocates for economic justice or democracy who have separated the issues, the Occupiers got this right. We can't have an economy that works for the 99 percent until we put our democracy in the hands of the 99 percent.
Unless you were a red-diaper baby, Americans don't grow up learning about May Day. May Day is celebrated in almost every country in the world, except the United States. For years, the United States has intentionally whitewashed May Day from our culture and our consciousness.