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We Mean to Make Things Over: A History of May Day is a new half-hour documentary video exploring how May Day became a workers’ holiday all over the world, except in the United States—despite the fact that the tragic events that inspired the holiday occurred in this country. It will premiere on Zoom at 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 30.

At a time when the labor movement is showing renewed signs of life, and the socialist left is the largest since the onset of the Cold War, the appearance of We Mean to Make Things Over is extremely timely.

Using hand drawn illustrations by Berkeley artist Jos Sances, archival images and animation by L.A.-based animator and DSA-LA member Paul Zappia, edited by award-winning PBS documentary filmmaker Rick Tejada-Flores, and a compelling musical score by Sokio, We Mean to Make Things Over is an educational and entertaining tour of a long-suppressed story from American working-class history.

Writer/Director Fred Glass is a labor historian, retired union communications director, and member of East Bay DSA. He will introduce the video and answer questions afterward.

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