May Day 2017: ‘We are the ones we have been waiting for’

By Minnie Bruce Pratt
April 18, 2017

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The world is reverberating with militant calls for a mass, general strike on May Day — International Workers’ Day on May 1. People are rising up because, as the Black poet June Jordan said, we know “we are the ones we have been waiting for.”

Only the people can stop the forces of far-right extremism and of late-stage capitalism wreaking worldwide havoc.

In the U.S., voices are being raised for a May Day strike by all sectors and communities of workers and oppressed people. The cry is coming not just from unionized workers, but from all of us being targeted.

Mass militant May Day actions are being called by groups of people of color, migrants and immigrants, temp and low-wage workers, unemployed and underemployed, LGBTQ+ people, prisoners, women working inside and outside the home, young people and students, people with disabilities who are working or want to and are denied the chance, people who are losing health care and environmental protection, and so much more.

On May Day we can unite to defend ourselves and all those under direct, immediate attack. We can assemble as a revolutionary united front against neofascism, capitalism and imperialist war!

Become part of this powerful fightback! Come out wherever you are for May 1 strike actions happening coast to coast.

Just a few of the marches and rallies include:

New York City
May Day Strike to Defend Migrants, Refugees & All Workers!
Union Square: Gather 12 p.m., March at 5 p.m.

Join the Lucy Gonzales Parsons May Day contingent!


May Day: International Workers’ Day of Action
State House: Rally at noon
Boston Common: Rally at 5 p.m.
East Boston, Everett, Chelsea: March and rally 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Syracuse, N.Y.
May 1 Strike — Huelga Primero Mayo
Perseverance Park: 12 to 3 p.m.
Corner of South Salina St. & Washington St.

Buffalo, N.Y.
Unite & Resist! May 1
Columbus Park West: 5 p.m.

May 1: Un Dia Sin Immigrant, Black & Brown Bodies
City Hall: 12 p.m.

Baltimore, Md.
May Day Global Strike — Make May Day Resist Trump Day
McKeldin Fountain: 3 to 9 p.m.

Washington, D.C.
March on May Day with the International Working Class!
Malcolm X Park: 12 p.m.

Roanoke, Va.
No Borders in the Workers Struggle! May 1
Melrose Park: 3 p.m.

Durham, N.C.
May Day: Strike! No Work, No School
602 E. Main: 5 p.m.

Raleigh, N.C.
1 de MAYO: ¡Huelga y Resistencia! Strike & Resist!
Moore Square: 10 a.m.

Atlanta, Ga.
Primero de Mayo Dia Internacional de l@s Trabajadores Mitin
68 Mitchell St., SW: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 1: Overturn the Trump Agenda
Grand Circus Park: 5 p.m.

1 de Mayo: Chicago Fights Back — Chicago No Se Deja/ May 1
Union Park: 1 p.m.

Madison, Wis.
Day without Immigrants and Refugees
Brittingham Park: 11 a.m.

Milwaukee, Wis.
May 1: Day without Latinxs, Immigrants & Refugees
1027 S. 5th St: 12 to 3 p.m.

San Francisco
Un Dia Sin Inmigrantes! May 1
Justin Herman Plaza: 5 p.m.

Oakland, Calif.
May 1: March & Strike for Immigrant and Worker Rights
Fruitvale Plaza: 3 p.m.

Los Angeles
Build Bridges not Walls — Sanctuary Now: May 1
Broadway & Olympic: 10 a.m.

San Diego
Workers & Community Resist! May 1st/ International Workers Day
Federal Building: Rally 3 p.m., March  to Chicano Park 4 p.m.

Portland, Ore.
May 1: All Power to the People: Rise Up, Resist, Unite
Shemanski Park: 12 p.m.

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