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Thursday: 'Ohio Needs a Raise' rally for International Workers' Day

On Sunday, members of Central Ohio Workers gathered the Summit United Methodist Church to make art for the #OhioNeedsARaise International Workers' Day rally on Thursday, May 1.
On Sunday, members of Central Ohio Workers gathered the Summit United Methodist Church to make art for the #OhioNeedsARaise International Workers' Day rally on Thursday, May 1. Rubén Castilla Herrera

International Workers' Day, also known as May Day, commemorates the Haymarket Affair in Chicago, a demonstration for the eight-hour workday that turned violent. It's celebrated as a national holiday for workers' rights on May 1 in over 80 countries.

On May 1, 2013 about 130 demonstrators gathered at the Ohio Statehouse to celebrate International Workers' Day.
On May 1, 2013 about 130 demonstrators gathered at the Ohio Statehouse to celebrate International Workers' Day. Steve Palm-Houser

Central Ohio Workers is organizing an Ohio Needs a Raise May Day celebration on Thursday, May 1. After a rally at 4:30 p.m. outside the Ohio Statehouse at the corner of High and State Streets, they will march through downtown Columbus and finish at the Ohio Education Association, 225 East Broad Street for dinner and conversation about the history of International Workers' Day, raising the minimum wage, and the struggles faced by parents who work multiple jobs at poverty wages to make ends meet.

Central Ohio Workers is a coalition of community organizations, labor unions, faith groups, students, people of color, LGBTQ community, immigrant rights groups, food justice groups, transportation justice advocates, educators, and others.