May Day Rally and March
We invite you to come show solidarity with working class people the world over, with exploited people the world over. May Day is an international workers’ holiday with a rich history of worker struggles and celebrating worker victories. Unfortunately, May Day is scarcely celebrated in the United States the way it is across the globe, despite having its origins in the Midwest. In a time when global elites are increasing their wealth and power at the expense of the masses, let us reclaim our midwestern heritage and stand in solidarity with one another and the oppressed.
Celebrate internationalism. Celebrate solidarity. Celebrate workers. Celebrate our community. Celebrate diversity. Fight oppression. Fight exploitation. Lock arms with your fellow workers and neighbors. Solidarity forever!
*This will be a peaceful, family-friendly event*
The history of May Day:
May Day, also known as International Workers Day or Labour Day in a number of other countries, is an internationally celebrated holiday. Often traditionally a spring celebration, the 1st of May was chosen to commemorate the Haymarket Massacre and celebrate worker solidarity.
The Haymarket Massacre has its origins in a midwesterner general strike to win the eight hour workday, a privilege many of us take for granted. Pinkertons and police beat and even shot nonviolent striking union members. Outraged at killings by police, anarchist organizers arranged a nonviolent protest in the Haymarket Square in Chicago. Police came in force to break up peaceful demonstrators, and unfortunately the conflict escalated into violence when someone threw a bomb into the crowd. The police shot into the crowd, even shooting some of their own. Anarchists who did nothing to incite the violence suffered political persecution. In a gross miscarriage of justice, several of them were executed after an unfair trial.
The struggle to gain basic workplace rights such as an 8-hour workday often began nonviolently and yet was frequently met by violence by Pinkertons and authorities. We all have benefitted from this struggle, a struggle which cost people’s lives and freedom. Unfortunately, even the rights won are not guaranteed internationally, and many suffer from not only class discrimination but imperialism, sexism, religious persecution, racism, colonialism and other forms of hatred and oppression.
Global capitalists have been working to erode even our most basic workers rights. In many ways, they have succeeded. Attempts to expand workers’ protections, workers’ rights, and reasonable benefits such as paid family leave are fought at every turn by institutional powers. Time and time again peaceful demonstrators are met with harassment and violence. We must not forget the past nor can we give up on the future.
It’s time to stand together. Let us show our strength.
“Remember that you are fighting more than your own fight. You are fighting for the entire working class and you must stand together”—William Dudley “Big Bill” Haywood, to the striking mill workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1912