May Day, or International Workers' Day, is an annual holiday which occurs on the first of May. Born out of fight for the eight-hour working day in Chicago and the state-sanctioned murder of the Haymarket Martyrs (History of May Day), May Day is celebrated today as a time for all members of the working class to stand united and show the bosses, landlords, and all of the ruling class that we are still not afraid. May Day is a time to fight for self-management and ownership of our workplaces, schools, and communities, raise class consciousness, inspire rank and file leadership, build militant unionism, fight artificial borders and deportations, and demand an end to state violence and repression.
We are hosting multiple events to celebrate this year’s May Day holiday (Chicago May Day) including the Red and Black Brigade March, Rally, and Noise Demonstration on May 1st. (May Day March & Rally) and a benefit concert and celebration on May 2nd. (May Day Benefit Concert). We will be advocating a variety of issues including organized labor, immigrant rights, feminism, LGTBQA liberation, and anti-racism, all of which will tie into our theme of combating state repression against working class people.
If Chicago May Day 2015 sounds like something you would like to be apart of come out on May 1st and May 2nd to show the world that we remember our history, we understand the our current struggle, and that we are dedicated to building a better future.
The Chicago IWW 2015 May Day Committee