March on May Day with the International Working Class
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March On Mayday 2017
May 1st is an international working class holiday
On May 1, 2017 we will join with millions of workers from every continent and country for a Mayday March in an expression of international solidarity.
Mayday is an international working class holiday. It is a day on which the international working class reviews its forces as it prepares to do battle with the capitalist class. For the last hundred years, the US bosses have tried to separate workers in this country from their brothers and sisters around the world by celebrating Labor Day in September. The time has come to end this division. Join us in DC as workers across the globe unite on May 1st.
Mayday has a long history. It began as a commemoration of the Haymarket Massacre. In 1886, a general strike was called by the unions in Chicago as part of the fight for the eight hour working day. As a part of the day’s activities, a rally was held at Haymarket Square. The police attacked the rally and several workers were killed as well as some police. As a result, criminal charges were brought against the leadership of the unions in Chicago and several of them were hung.
In the 1930’s, workers marched on Mayday to fight the rise of fascism and to stop lynching in the US. On Mayday, 1945, the red flag of revolution was raised over the Reichstag in Berlin by soldiers signifying the defeat of fascism and the end of World War II in Europe. In the late 1980’s millions of workers in South Africa marched on Mayday to help bring down the apartheid regime there. Today we march against the growing fascist movement emboldened by Trump’s election.
Join us in the struggle on May 1st, 2017 as we march:
To Smash Racism– Racism divides the working class and hurts all workers.
To Stop Mass Deportations – In 2016, over 400,000 people were deported from the United States. Workers have no borders. Trump is threatening to dramatically increases this number.
To End Mass Incarceration- Over 2.3 million people are in jail in the United States. This is the highest incarceration rate in the world. We must end the war on drugs which is being used to incarcerate people of color and deny them jobs.
To Smash Imperialist War- End the war Afghanistan and stay out of Syria, Iran, the Crimea and Venezuela.
To Fight Sexism – the attack on women’s rights.
Health Care for All - Obamacare is a fraud. Health care is a human right.
Education for All- End High Stakes Testing, Common Core State Standards, Charter Schools and high tuition in universities. Education should be a public service not a private business enterprise for profit that only benefits the 1%.
We call upon all workers, students, and soldiers to join the Mayday March.
The March will leave from Malcolm X Park. Exact time of rally and march to be determined. Contact email: [email protected]