Dear Users, Allies and Colleagues,
Koumbit will be closed this Friday, May 1st for International Workers Day, commonly known as May Day. Our emergency on-call services will continue to be available. We will be open again at our usual hours on Monday, May 4th.
This particular day commemorates calls for a nationwide strike for an eight-hour work day on May 1, 1886, as well as the brutal repression of this labor rights organizing in what would come to be known as the Haymarket affair. On May 1, 1886, Chicago hosted a major demonstration in support of the eight-hour work day. This was the first of a few days of a diversity of actions which culminated in a meeting called by anarchists at Haymarket Square on May 4th, where a bomb went off in a crowd of policemen who had come to disperse the meeting. Following the bombing, the police shot hundreds of people, killing several and wounding over 200.
In 1889 an international federation of socialist and union groups designated May 1st as International Workers Day. Since then the international workers' movement has successfully established May Day as a national holiday in almost all countries on the planet except in North America and a few other countries. In 1894 the US, then-President Cleveland, hoping to divest any American Workers Day of its radical origins signed legislation to make Labor Day (celebrated in early September) the official workers holiday in the US. Canada followed the US's lead, making Labor Day a statutory holiday instead of May Day. Despite these attempts to deradicalize the anti-capitalist and labor movements in North America, May Day remains a day marked by protests, strikes, and other actions across Canada and the US.
May Day is a part of a long-standing and ongoing fight to oppose the economic and social devastation of imperialist states such as Canada and the USA. As a self-organized workers collective, we at Koumbit recognize May Day as a historically and contemporarily important day for the advancement of anti-capitalism and workers' rights. For this reason, our office is closed each May 1st.
Some links to highlight May Day (in French)
- Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine
- Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes, Montréal
- Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN)
Established in Montreal in 2004, Koumbit is a non-profit organization with a threefold mission: First, to create a space of mutual support and resource sharing for socially engaged IT workers. Secondly, to support the use of open source technology by community groups and the general public as well as the development of collective IT platforms. Thirdly, to create excellent working conditions for its workers: as an innovative economic model and self-managed collective, Koumbit is based on principles of self-governance and solidarity. Koumbit is run by and for its workers based on a non-hierarchical and anti-oppressive framework.
Koumbit offers web hosting and website development and redesign services on WordPress and Drupal platforms. In particular, we offer migration services from out-of-date platforms to current content management systems such as WordPress and Drupal. We also create Web applications based on Ember.js. Koumbit has expertise in system administration, in server management and hosting based on Linux and in particular Debian. Koumbit encrypts data stored on disk and advocates for a model that minimizes the retention of data in its services.
In solidarity and wishing you a good May Day,
The workers of the Koumbit collective