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Celebrate May Day - PDF poster and pamphlet

A poster about the origins of May Day and the
protests today and a two page pamphlet about the
origins of May Day in the execution of four
Chicago anarchists in 1887. For YOU to print out
and distribute
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Tell others about May Day

Print out and distribute your own May Day
posters and leaflet/pamphlets.

You can download and print out PDF files of the
poster shown and/or the leaflet shown below.
Print out 1 or 500! Give them out at May Day
marches, conferences, gigs or just leave them
pinned to notice boards. Although they use
colour they will print out fine in black and

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The poster is at

The leaflet is at


In 1887 four Chicago anarchists were executed. A
fifth cheated the hangman by killing himself in
prison. Three more were to spend 6 years in
prison until pardoned by Governor Altgeld who
said the trial that convicted them was
characterised by "hysteria, packed juries and a
biased judge". The state had, in the words of
the prosecution put "Anarchy .. on trial" and
hoped their deaths would also be the death of
the anarchist idea.

The anarchists were trade union organisers and
May Day became an international workers day to
remember their sacrifice. They were framed on
false charges of throwing a bomb at police
breaking up a demonstration in Chicago. This was
part of a strike demanding an 8 hour day
involving 400,000 workers in Chicago that
started May 1st 1886 .

The anarchist idea did not die in Chicago in
1887. Today it inspires a new wave of struggle
against global capitalism. Join in this


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