Activists rally for May Day

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Activists returned to Baltimore’s McKeldin Square yesterday for May Day.

Photo by: Bill Hughes

Calling for more support for jobs, education and youth programs, and less for development and youth jails, demonstrators returned to Baltimore’s McKeldin Square yesterday for May Day.

Also known as International Workers’ Day –  celebrated by more than 80 countries around the world – May Day in Baltimore attracted dozens of groups and causes – higher education, jobs, justice, immigration reform, city recreation centers, workers’ rights, support for post offices and opposition  to privatization.

Baltimore photographer, author, videographer and journalist Bill Hughes captured the day in photos. Here are a couple from his set.

2012 May Day rally (Photo by Bill Hughes)

2012 May Day rally (Photo by Bill Hughes)

Bill Barry, center, director of labor studies at the Community College of Baltimore County, was one of tehe speakers. (Photo by Bill Hughes)

Bill Barry, center, director of labor studies at the Community College of Baltimore County, was one of the speakers. (Photo by Bill Hughes)

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    I have to tell you guys–Edward Conard of Bain Capital has written a book explaining the good fruits of income inequality.  This is a man who’ll sit out May Day in his sauna–thinking about the pawns he can push around to make his money.  He says that the top one percent are the risk takers of the American economy.  Baloney!  There are risk takers in science labs, there are artistes and writers who are risk takers–who are starving, yet dedicating their lives to creations of the mind.  There are laborers who live from hand to mouth and love what they do.  This man is a poor excuse for a human being.  Being rich is no sin but to say that the rest of the population consists of a bunch of cowardly saps or to say that income inequality is essential for investments or is the lifeblood of the American economy–now that is insane.  I ask how much income equality is right?  Does Conard know?  He is Mitt Romney’s associate–the same Romney who said, “corporations are people too, my friends”.  I have a feeling Romney will not want to be associated with this book and I have a feeling all democratic operatives will be quoting from this book through November–the man timed his book well–he has stabbed Romney in the back-so much for the top 1%–they not only diss the bottom 99%, they diss each other.  If Conard had the power he’d abolish May Day–I am surmising he would say it is a day of celebration for those who neither contribute to nor understand the economy.  Like Mitt Romney Conard looks smooth and unctuous.   

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