NY and NJ Groups Call for May Day Strike

by on April 30, 2017

New York and New Jersey Community-Based Groups Call for a Strike to Defend Migrants, Refugees and All Workers on May 1

The May Day Union Square Coalition


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May Day 2017

New York, NY — On May 1,2017, the International Workers Day, organizations all over New York City and New Jersey are calling to shut it down and strike to defend migrants, refugees and all workers. These groups, ranging from immigrants rights groups, workers groups and progressive labor unions to anti-imperialist organizations, and community based organizations, are calling for a mobilization on May 1, 2017 at Union Square at 12PM, with a teach-in at 2:30PM, and a march at 5PM.

Attacks against migrants and workers have increased in the fascist climate of Trump’s regime.  From the ban against refugees and migrants from 7 Muslim countries, the increasing raids and deportations of immigrants, and criminalization of black and brown bodies, the Trump administration has openly espoused the violence of the U.S. state against marginalized communities that previous administrations have also perpetuated.

US wars are directly responsible for thousands of civilian deaths and the creation of millions of refugees. In March 2017, more Syrian civilians were killed by US-led coalitions than ISIS or Russian-led forces combined. Since the Syrian war broke out in 2011, almost 5 million Syrians have become refugees fleeing their home country to escape the horrors of this imperialist war. The destruction of an entire country following US intervention is nothing new to us. We have seen this pattern in examples such as Iraq under President Bush and Libya under President Obama. These wars that force people from their homes are waged in the name of profit of the U.S.

The U.S. further profits from migrants and refugees that come to the U.S.  Throughout the history of the US, the massive wealth of this nation has been built on Black slave labor and exploitation of cheap immigrant labor.

Convenors and endorsers of the mobilization at Union Square stands against the attacks of the Trump administration on migrants, refugees and all workers. We say:


Current speakers include International League of Peoples’ Struggle, International Migrants Alliance, Somos Los Otros, NY, Workers World Party, Frente Unido de Inmigrantes Ecuatorianos, Frente Hispano, Asociacion de Troncalenos  residentes en el exterior, New York State Youth Leadership Council, CUNY Student Walk-Out, Workers Justice Project, South Asian Fund for Education,Scholarship and Training (SAFEST), Postal Defenders, Sisa Pakari Cultural & Labor Center, Domestic Workers United, People’s Power Assembly, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Justice Committee, mother of Ramarley Graham, mother of Mohammed Bahs, Pakistan USA Freedom Forum, BAYAN, Nodutdol, Labor for Palestine, Green Party, Sane Energy Project, Students for Justice in Palestine, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys – UAW Local 232, Queens Solidarity Coalition, Serve the People Awaken Revolutionary Consciousness (SPARC), MACC, Audre Lorde Project, Defend Democracy in Brazil, Nation2Nation Organizers, Split Rock, International Working Women’s Coalition, CAAAV, Equality for Flatbush, Laundry Workers Center, Cosecha, Hoods4Justice, International Action Center.


For more information on the conveners and endorsers of the May 1st Union Square mobilization, please visit our facebook event page: tinyurl.com/unionsq2017

ICE_free NYC

by on April 27, 2017

SHUT IT DOWN! Strike to Defend Migrants, Refugees, and All Workers!
May Day at Union Square – Monday, May 1st 2017
#hastalahuelga #shutitdown #maydaystrike2017

Since 2005, people’s organizations have been organizing at Union Square for all workers. May Day, or International Workers Day, is a day of great significance to the workers and the oppressed masses across the world.

Our main call this year is SHUT IT DOWN! Strike to Defend Migrants, Refugees, and All Workers! We have seen an attack on our people from President Trump’s Executive Orders to ban Muslims and refugees. There have already been over 1,000 civilian deaths in March 2017 by U.S. military airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, an increase of 5,000 Border Patrol officers and 10,000 ICE agents, and a proposed addition of $54 Billion USD to the national military budget. We cannot allow this to continue.

The organizations that are putting together May Day @ Union Square 2017 are not only resisting Trump but holding the whole corrupt system accountable. We are groups coming together representing Black, Brown, People of Color, Trans, LGBTQGNC, Migrant, Muslim, People with Criminal Convictions, and Indigenous communities who are uniting to defend our people!

We would like to enlist your support for this call to show the people on May 1st, 2017that New York City has had enough. We are going to show the world that the people are ready for a mass movement that will lead to revolutionary change.

Would you like to volunteer for May Day at Union Square?
Here are some key dates coming up:

Saturday, April 29, 2017: Prod Work Session
12 to 6 PM at Solidarity Center (147 W 24th St, 2nd floor)

Sunday, April 30, 2017: Security Briefing + Training
3 PM at Solidarity Center (147 W 24th St, 2nd floor)

We are still recruiting for volunteers. We are asking convening organizations to offer at least 2 security marshals/volunteers – Google form! 


Finally, there is a YouCaring fundraiser to fundraise for May Day! As grassroots groups, we need to collectively pitch in to make May Day happen! Recommended donation from convening organizations is $30 to $50 dollars!


ICE-Free NYC is an endorser of the May Day rally at Union Square 2017.

May Day greetings from Mexico’s SME

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saludos del SME
May Day greetings from Mexico’s SME

Published on Apr 27, 2017

José Humberto Montes de Oca, Secretario del Exterior del Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas envía saludos por el Primero de Mayo.

May Day Greetings of solidarity from José Humberto Montes de Oca, Exterior Secretary of the Mexican Electricians Union

Petition to Shut Down CUNY for May Day

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Petition to Shut Down CUNY for May Day

Next Monday, in solidarity with May Day and the 11 million undocumented workers calling to shut down business as usual for“A Day Without Immigrants,” students & faculty across the country will WALK OUT! Join us & share w/ friends and colleagues.

Sign Petition to Shut Down CUNY for May Day Moratorium!
The increase in immigrant raids, bans & forced deportations urged immigrant activists to call a strike for this year’s May Day, demonstrating “A Day Without Immigrants.” Since the Haymarket affair in Chicago, 1886, May 1st has been a day for working-class protest and workplace actions. Coalitions across the country ask workers, in honor of immigrants, to strike this May Day and protest U.S. exploitation of labor, especially the 11 million undocumented.

Students and faculty, including Judith Butler, Cornell West, Etienne Balibar and GC Professor, David Harvey, call for a moratorium on all normal university operations across the U.S., including cancelling classes, closing offices, and postponing maintenance to participate in teach-ins, demonstrations, marches and protests.

We are asking CUNY to close all operations on May 1st as part of the May Day Moratorium and say with one voice that we stand with workers, especially the 11 undocumented. It is essential that we take this stand as a University, rather than as individuals. We are stronger as a collective!

Please sign your name here if you support closing CUNY on May 1 and the National May Day Call to Action.

 Why Those Spring Breakers Chanted ‘Build That Wall’

by on April 19, 2017

Why Those Spring Breakers Chanted ‘Build That Wall’

We shouldn’t be surprised—they’re the children of unending war.

By Greg Grandin
Originally posted at: https://www.thenation.com/article/why-those-spring-breakers-chanted-build-that-wall/
March 21, 2017

Reports come from Cancún of a spring break “pirate ship” cruising off the coast of Mexico, with US college students breaking out into a chant of “Build That Wall.”

Let’s assume they are juniors or seniors, about 20 or so years old. They might have just been conceived when Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said that the death of half a million Iraqi children was “worth” the “price” of isolating Saddam Hussein. Maybe they were just born, a year old, when Clinton launched one of his children-killing cruise missiles into Baghdad, including one time in 1998, shortly before the House impeachment vote related to the Monica Lewinsky affair, that was described by The New York Times as a “a strong sustained series of air strikes.”

They probably entered kindergarten around the time that Bush and company manufactured evidence about Iraqi WMDs, picking up an assist by the mainstream media to begin the systematic destruction of a country we weren’t at war with, that committed no offense against US citizens. They might have been in the first grade when US forces decimated Fallujah, and in the second grade when those photos of Abu Ghraib began to circulate, kicking off a never-ending debate over whether it is moral or not to torture. They’ve lived through the horrors of Blackwater and global rendition.

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