Workers demanded the return of the PRO Act, the Massachusetts wage theft prevention act, and the supporting of gig workers' rights.
As tensions grew between authorities and socialist types, one infamous standoff in Roxbury in 1919 showed just how grisly things could get. At Monroe Avenue and Humboldt Street, activists and Boston cops fought hand to hand until police backup led to more than 100 arrests.
"We don't want a favor. We want to work to bring ourselves out of poverty."