Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Festival from 5PM to 8PM
Malcolm X Park
16th St and Euclid St NW, Washington DC

Why We March

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!


  • Demand Political Power for the Working Class – We call on all workers to organize their workplaces and communities to take political power from the banks, corporations, political parties, and politicians of the 1%.
  • Smash Racism, Sexism, and Fascism – We stand united against racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia, anti-semitism and Islamophobia – the tools used by capitalists and politicians to divide, suppress, and intimidate our communities.
  • Stop Mass Deportations – We demand an end to racist deportation policies and travel bans. Corporate profiteering, a corrupt and ineffectual political class and the police state are the driving forces behind our economic and physical insecurity.
  • End Mass Incarceration – We demand an end to militarized and racialized policing, which overwhelmingly criminalize and incarcerate the poor and people of color, protect the interests of corporations and banks, and stifle protest and political dissent.
  • Oppose Imperialist War – We demand an end to US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, and Libya, an end to US military expansionism, and US support for tyranny, apartheid, and violence abroad.
  • Defend the Earth and its Resources – We demand an end to the commodification of the planet’s natural resources which threaten to destroy our natural environment and the health and safety of all living organisms.
  • Fight for Health Care, Education, and a Living Wage for All – We demand universal healthcare, quality education, and a living wage for all as human rights, not as products for the enjoyment of the wealthy and the profiteering of the 1%.

About May Day

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!’

Get Involved

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 info@dcmayday.org to come join us as we prepare for our massive May Day rally and march.

We’re always looking for help with:

  • Artwork – Posters, banners, puppets, whatever you can imagine
  • Outreach – Spread the word, and help us coordinate with workers across the DMV to ensure they can participate without fear of retribution
  • Logistics – Planning a rally is lots of work, and there’s lots to do. Help us plan, or just come lend a hand.

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