May Day 2017 was an incredible success and a powerful show of solidarity for the struggles of the working class in D.C., the U.S., and around the world. To everyone who marched with us, who helped us organize, who cheered us on: thank you.
Our struggles exist every day, and so we must continue to build towards a better future every day. Join us again for May Day in 2018, but in the meantime, please get involved with local groups and continue the fight for workers and for all oppressed people.
For the rich, every day is a holiday. The corporate bosses enjoy lives of comfort and security by exploiting our labor, debt, and hardship. May Day is OUR holiday. A day for all workers to come together to recognize the achievements of working people and to continue the fight for a better world.
Workers produce everything, yet own nothing. The capitalists produce nothing, yet own everything. The politicians legalize and uphold this sweeping robbery of the people. The law forbids theft but permits the capitalist to rob you. The law forbids murder, but permits the state and private security companies to murder thousands through racist ‘policing’ at home and imperialist wars abroad.
The time to resist is now! From the secretary to the laborer, from the cashier to the cleaner, the greed of capitalism touches all our lives as workers face lower wages, lost benefits, fear of unjust imprisonment and deportation, and a struggle to find dignified and affordable housing.
On May 1st we ask you to stand with us regardless of race, religion or immigration status against the bosses and corrupt politicians. The day has come for solidarity. Join our ranks!
NO WORK, NO SHOPPING, NO SCHOOL. LET’S REMIND THE WORLD THAT THE POWER IS WITH THE PEOPLE! WE WILL NOT STOP FIGHTING UNTIL THE WORLD IS IN THE HANDS OF THE WORKING CLASS!
On May 1, 1886, thousands of workers across the US walked off their jobs to demand an eight-hour work day. The bosses and their lackeys in the White House, Congress, and local governments, did not recognize the workers’ demand and – as they have done countless times before and since – set out to violently repress the peaceful demonstrations of striking laborers. Across the country, workers and their families were brutally assaulted, imprisoned, and murdered by soldiers, police and hired thugs. On May 4, 1886 in Chicago, a clash between police officers and workers in Haymarket Square left scores dead and wounded. In one of the gravest miscarriages of justice in US history, four labor leaders were held responsible for the violence and executed by the state. In 1890 labor activists, socialist, anarchists and leftists began commemorating the memory of those brave workers by celebrating May 1st as International Worker’s Day. This is our day to recognize the struggle and heroic sacrifices of the international labor movement. Come celebrate with us!
For more information on the history of May Day, please visit iww.org/history/library/misc/origins_of_mayday
As long as the struggle of workers against the capitalist class continues, as long as all our demands are not met, as long as all people do not have equal rights and equal opportunity, we will continue to fight.
‘Workers of all countries unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains; you have a world to win!’
Want to find out how you can help organize for May Day in the DC area? Contact us using the form below, or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to come join us as we prepare for our massive May Day rally and march.
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The DC May Day Steering Committee is a coalition of workers committed to the struggle of building a better world. We have the support of several amazing organizations, including:
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