Every year, working class people around the world celebrate “International Workers Day” or “May Day” on May 1st. It is the day in which the working class and its allies come out to celebrate the struggles for liberation of the international proletariat. Although the day originated to commemorate the death of the four workers at the Chicago Haymarket affair in 1886, who were protesting for 8-hour workdays, May Day is not recognized in the U.S. as the ruling class aims to bury the significance that this day has for the proletariat all over the world. Through the decades May Day has transformed to commemorate not only the death of the four workers but all different revolutionary struggles and sacrifices the international proletariat made in the war against their capitalist-imperialist exploitation.
Last summer, we witnessed in horror how the terrorist Israeli state murdered the Palestinians in Gaza in an effort to stamp out their resistance against the Zionist settler colonialism. We saw the supporters of Palestinian liberation in NYC come out in immense numbers to denounce this monstrous crime against humanity. Over the fall we saw how the people in Mexico took a stand against the narco-fascist state that murders its own people with impunity. The cause of the 43 Ayotzinapa students is the cause of all people who dream of living free from state violence and want those that are responsible to answer to the people. When the verdicts for the murderers of Mike Brown and Eric Garner were read, the people reacted in rightful indignation as once again a killer cop walked free. People everywhere poured out to support the people of Ferguson and the continuous fight against the white-supremacist police state.
The students are always told that they only have to go to school, study and work hard to achieve their dream of a peaceful and prosperous life. But those of us who come from oppressed working class communities know that as long as our people are murdered with impunity, our families are gentrified out of our neighborhoods, and sexual violence victims carry the weight of their predators, that dream will stay a dream. This is the reason why we as students cannot and must not fight for student power but rather for people power. We must fight for our people in the historical fight for liberation. It is the youth in any society who carry society forward into the future. We cannot allow a future with more police murders, more state murders, more sexual predators. We will not be a youth that sits apathetic to these struggles.
This is why the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee calls on all students and youth in NYC to march with us on May Day. Let us celebrate the international struggles of all oppressed people in the world and let us renew our commitment to fight for all oppressed people here in the belly of the beast. Let us create the future our people and communities need. Let us together remember those we have lost, and celebrate the victories that are to come. Let us commit to fight to free the City University of New York from the capitalist interests that now control it, and become an organ for revolutionary ideology and practice that is controlled by our communities. Let us commit to fight for a liberated CUNY!
As revolutionary students we must fight for the right of workers to increase minimum wage to $15/hour. We must fight for progressive legislations like the NY DREAM Act. We must fight for gender resources centers and child care centers in every campus. We must fight so that no perpetrator of sexual violence is allowed to walk freely in our college campuses and in our communities. We must fight against the policing of our working class communities that put everyone at risk of being murdered by the state. We must fight against the suppression of progressive actions on campus, and against war criminals like David Petraeus and IDF soldiers coming to spread their murderous ideology in our schools.
But above all, we must fight for the future we need. A future with no imperialist domination, no racist social structures, no hetero-patriarchal violence, no capitalist exploitation. A future where all people can live free in equality with one another.
Meet us at 1 p.m. in Union Square Park (Southeast side). Wear red!
Students and workers unite!
Nothing to loose but our chains!
All out for May Day!