By Fighting Words Staff
Activists from various labor and mass struggles shared their perspectives on the campaigns for raising the minimum wage, environmental justice against climate change, youth workers organizing a union in the Starbucks corporation, immigrant rights, police brutality, along with a myriad of issues.
Artists Sarah Torres, One Single Rose, Wanda Olugbala, BWardPoetry, Jeremy Kyle, Kitchen and Alex Webb performed.
Speakers were present such as the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, D15, Diajha Ruffin of the Motor City Freedom Riders, Tristan Taylor of Detroit Will Breathe, Maureen Taylor of The Poor People’s Campaign, Adonis of Michigan United, Eloise from Liberia and organizer for Michigan United, Sahar Faraj of the Palestinian Youth Movement, and Jackie Starr from Observers of the Court in Oakland County.
Statements of solidarity were read from Jesus Rodriguez Espinoza of the Orinoco Tribune in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor and the organization of injured GM workers in Colombia, Asotrecol.
International Workers Day Celebrated Throughout the Globe
The May Day commemoration is traced back to the Haymarket incident in Chicago during 1886 when workers called for a general strike demanding an 8-hour day. At the march, an explosion took place killing several people including policemen.
Numerous activists within the workers movement were arrested and charged with giving speeches that led to the explosion. None were even present when the bomb went off. Eventually, four leaders were executed by the United States authorities, although none of them were ever proven to be culpable in the crimes they were charged and convicted….