Launch Date: MAY DAY 2019

Workers Solidarity Day Will Be a May Day Every Month To:

  • BUILD coordinated support to workers’ struggles locally, nationally, and internationally

  • RAISE consciousness about workers’ struggles everywhere

  • INVOLVE more people in workers’ solidarity efforts

  • SHOW that all struggles are workers’ struggles and workers’ struggles are central to every struggle

  • FIGHT AGAINST EVERY EFFORT TO DIVIDE WORKERS FROM EACH OTHER. THERE ARE NO WALLS IN THE WORKING CLASS STRUGGLE!

Fellow Organizers and Comrades Around the World,

We want to share with you and ask you to support a proposal for a monthly Workers Solidarity Day. Towards this effort we propose initiating an International Workers Solidarity Network.

Workers everywhere are rising up, organizing, striking, and fighting back under difficult conditions. The best, and most militant forces in the organized labor movement are doing what they can to support the resurgence. But it’s not enough.

The time has come to appeal to the millions and even billions of people worldwide, who may or may not be part of organized labor movements, to participate in workers solidarity activities on a consistent basis.

Regardless of our circumstances or location, the overwhelming majority of us are part of the working class — even if some workers are not conscious of the fact. Workers everywhere need us to join them on the global picket line.

Why is Mass Workers Solidarity Critical Now?

Among the many challenges to global working class solidarity, is a vile campaign by billionaire politicians like Donald Trump, to divide workers on the basis of racism, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, and anti-LGBTQ2S oppression.

Trump’s war on immigrant workers is a war on the entire working class. The wall he wants to build on the border is a wall to divide workers. But we know there are no walls in the workers struggle! We must say this to the “Trumps” playing the same game on every continent.

Every Struggle is a Workers Struggle

The message most be spread: every struggle is a workers struggle. That includes the students striking against climate change, young activists marching against racist police terror,  women and gender-oppressed people rising up and saying, “ME TOO”, and people with disabilities fighting for their rights.

The workers struggle also includes those of us in the immigrant rights movement, the antiwar movement, the housing movement and the healthcare-for-all movement, as well as those of us who — in spite of holding college degrees — have been forced into the gig economy while being mired in debt.

We know that there are many questions about how a monthly Workers Solidarity Day would work, or even whether it could work. Building workers solidarity will take actions in the streets, organizing at workplaces, and building assemblies of workers. Many tactics will be involved. But with your support and participation in this project, we will find the best answers to how to build the workers solidarity movement.

It’s more crucial than ever that workers become aware that they are part of a global class and that this awareness ushers in a new era of real global working class solidarity. GLOBAL WORKING CLASS SOLIDARITY WILL BECOME AN IRREPRESSIBLE FORCE. UNITED WE WILL WIN!

In Solidarity,

International Workers Solidarity Network initiators (in formation)

  • Keith Bullard, Fight for $15 North Carolina
  • Genevieve Butler, member HUCTW/AFSCME Local 3650; Harvard TPS Coalition
  • Sara Catalinotto, Delegate, United Federation of Teachers local 2* (id only)
  • Ed Childs, Chief Shop Steward, UNITE HERE Local 26, Harvard University
  • Shahid Comrade, Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
  • Sara Flounders, Co-Director, International Action Center
  • Andre Francois, President, United Steelworkers Local 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers Union, Team Solidarity; Haitian Community Leader
  • Martha Grevatt, co-founder, Pride @ Work; Trustee, UAW Local 869*(id only)
  • Teresa Gutierrez, National Coordinator, FIRE (Fight for Im/Migrants & Refugees Everywhere); Co-Director, International Action Center; Co-founder of May 1st Coalition for Workers and Immigrant Rights.
  • Jayla Hagans, youth organizer in North Carolina
  • Stevan Kirschbaum, Vice President, United Steelworkers Local 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers Union
  • Chuck Mohan, Guyanese American Workers United
  • Mary Pinotti-Kaessinger, Disability rights leader
  • Minnie Bruce Pratt, National Writers Union/ UAW local 1981* (id only)
  • Ben Ramos, Pro Libertad
  • Doris Reina-Landaverde, leader, Harvard TPS Coalition; Shop Steward,     SEIU 32BJ, Harvard University
  • Dante Strobino, Durham Workers Assembly
  • Clarence Thomas, Long time rank and file leader, ILWU Local 10; Leader of the Million Worker March
  • Scott Williams, Philadelphia Joint Board, Workers United* (id only)
  • Mazeda Uddin, SAFEST (South Asian Fund for Education, Scholarship & Training)

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What is the International Workers Solidarity Network?

The International Workers Solidarity Network (IWSN) — which is currently in formation — is building an international network of working class organizations and activists who understand that every struggle is a workers struggle and recognize the urgency of developing global working class solidarity.

The work of the IWSN will take many forms, and we invite organizations and individuals who agree with the call to action to join the network, contribute your experiences in the struggle, and share your ideas on how to develop and strengthen this work. Sign on now to join.Our activities will include but are not limited to:

  • Monthly Workers Solidarity Days — a May Day every month, unified by a theme, slogan, or day of activity — will initially be our main focus of work
  • Organizing new sections of the working class, especially those who are being radicalized by the misery, and inequality caused by capitalism
  • Preparing for mass struggle by activating the international network when a major upsurge breaks out — whether that is a strike by education workers, the movement of low-wage workers, a Black Lives Matter mobilization, response to the climate crisis, etc. — and broadening solidarity
  • Making a deliberate effort to raise the consciousness of our class, making them aware that they are in fact, in the working class
  • Organizing Workers Assemblies that bring together various sections of the working class, especially the most oppressed, to develop and mobilize workers’ power

We call on all working class activists, organizers, union members and unorganized, to join the IWSN and build new forms of independent working class power. We welcome all working class and oppressed people to join the network, not just those who may already be a part of the organized labor movement.

On May Day, take to the streets to declare – No walls in the workers struggle!

We are currently gathering plans submitted from activists like yourself on May Day demonstrations planned around the U.S. and the world. Take a look to find an action near you, or submit your plans for May Day if you have not done so already.

Contact us with your questions, thoughts, and ideas here: info@workersolidarity.net

May Day 2019: No Walls in the Workers Struggle!

Albany, NY

May Day: A Radical Walking Tour 

May 1 // 11:30am

Townsend Park // 238 Washington Ave

Chicago

May Day at Haymarket Square

May 1 // 2:45pm

Plaque dedications from Irish & Mexican trade union organizations

Durham, NC

May Day March – No Walls in the Workers Struggle

May 1 // 5:30pm

Gather: 1109 E Main St

Oakland, CA

May Day: No Ban. No Wall. Human Rights & Sanctuary for all! No Borders. No Deportations. No Family Separations!

May 1 // 3pm

Gather at Oscar Grant Plaza

Raleigh, NC

All Out May 1 for Public Schools!

May 1 // 9am – 5pm

NC General Assembly // 16 W Jones Street

Venezuela

Urgent Call to Celebrate May Day In Venezuela

No War on Venezuela!

Austin, TX

May Day: Community Cookout – Support Im/migrants & Refugees!

May 1

Email info@peoplespowerassemblies.org for more info

Chicago

International Workers Day Forum

May 2 // 6pm

UE Hall // 37 S Ashland

Houston, TX

May Day: Build Bridges Not Walls

May 4 // 1pm

Renwick and Bellaire to Burnett Bayland Park

Philadelphia

End ICE Contracts! May Day Solidarity March

May 1 // 2pm

Octavius Catto Statue // South Side of City Hall

Salt Lake City, UT

May Day 2019

May 1 // 1pm

Salt Lake City and County Building // 451 S State St

Seoul, south Korea

May 1 Demonstration 

May 1 // 2pm

Stop Labour Rights Regression! Achieve Ratification of ILO fundamental Conventions for freedom of association for ALL!

Convened by: Korean Federation of Clerical and Financial Workers Labor Unions // More info here

 

Boston

International Workers Day Rally

 

May 1 // 3pm

East Boston

Cleveland, OH

May Day Cleveland 2019 March & Rally

May 1 // 4:45pm

Corner of Huron and Prospect

New York City

May Day on Wall Street

May 1

 

12pm: Workers Solidarity Action at TYS Laundromat (215 W 116 St, Harlem)

2pm: Rally on Wall Street (Trump Building, 40 Wall St)

 

5pm: March on Wall Street

Portland, OR

May Day Is For Everyone: Festival of Resistance

May 2 // 4pm

NE Holladay St & NE 11th Ave

St. Paul, MN

May 1 March / Marcha 1 de mayo

May 1 // 3pm

University Ave & Dale Street

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