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Visions of Labor Day — before the economy completely tanked

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Originally published on on Thu, 01/01/2009 – 8:43am

by Chad Rubel

Sometimes, a well-intended story slips through the cracks. The Labor Day weekend was a busy time: we were just coming off of Barack Obama’s speech in Denver, Hurricane Gustav was wrecking havoc, and we were just getting to know who Sarah Palin was. Ah, simpler times.

Since then, we have had a worldwide economic collapse, reminding us how precious work and having a good place to go to work really are.

On vacation in Toronto, I literally stumbled up its annual Labor Day parade on Queen Street West, heading west away from the downtown area. It was my intent at the time to show off these pictures to remind us of the importance of organized labor and the vitality of manufacturing. Given where we have been the last three months, it’s now more important than ever to show these off.

So enjoy this picture compilation of Labor Day.

Labor Day parades bring out like-minded themes. Nice to see the kind words for war resisters, despite the views of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Speaking of Harper, there was an issue where control of the Post Office was at stake. These shirts tell Harper what they think.

Happy Labor Day (a few months late).


Written by democracysoup

January 1, 2009 at 8:43 am

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