Clark Park, 1130 Clark Street, Southwest Detroit, 4-7 P.M.
May Day, or International Workers Day, continues to celebrate the resilience of militant workers’ struggles and to fight for the interests of the working class. On May 1, 1886, hundreds of thousands of workers launched a general strike—the first in the history of the United States—which saw demonstrations in all the big cities greater than anything America had ever seen. They were marching for an 8-hour day, among other things. Although May Day is now celebrated internationally, it was only recently that it picked up again in our country. On May 1, 2006, thousands of Latino immigrant workers and allies walked off the job struggling for immigrant rights, worker’s rights, and amnesty for undocumented workers. Their struggle for democratic and labor rights reignited the flame in the US, and since then May Day continues to be a powerful force for the working class and people’s forces. May Day represents not only the fight of workers within specific industries but also the importance of combating racism and all forms of oppression.
This year, join the May Day Detroit Coalition, which is made up of labor and people’s organizations, in a rally and march at Clark Park in Southwest Detroit at 5:00PM. Special guests will speak about the fights that their unions are engaging in, upcoming strikes by the Teamsters and United Auto Workers, the struggle of Railroad Workers United against rail monopolies, the fight for reproductive freedom and LGBTQ+ liberation, the struggle against national and racial oppression, and more. Local artists and activists will give cultural performances to inspire us all.
We join together in solidarity and continue the historic struggle of working people for the following demands:
EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK! EQUALITY FOR UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS! NATIONALIZE KEY INDUSTRIES AND BANKS! END US WARS! HOUSING AND HEALTHCARE FOR ALL! PEOPLE OVER PROFITS! END POLICE BRUTALITY! SMASH RACISM AND WHITE SUPREMACY! ABOLISH ICE!