Archive for the 'Neither Fish Nor Fowl' Category

On the Existential Sadness of Cow: A Photo Essay

August 22, 2011

Words for May Day

May 2, 2011

After attending the underwhelming May Day Rally in Union Square and marching down Broadway to the finale in Foley Square, I wandered over to the Lower East Side, to Grand Street, to the Hillman Houses.  I went there to read Labor Leader Sidney Hillman’s simple and beautiful words on the plaque before the entrance of the cooperative housing complex that bears his name.

Sidney Hillman  (1887 – 1946) became the head of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and was a founding member of the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

He was also a man  of  vision, the kind of  vision one seldom if ever hears  today.

Hillman’s words tell us how far we, as a nation, have fallen from our humanity; tell us how far we, as a nation, have to rise again to begin to regain our humanity.

They are excellent words to contemplate on any day but they seem especially appropriate in this age on May Day.