BOSTON, Mass.—May Day—Also known as International Workers’ Day—commemorates the struggle of American workers, many of whom were immigrants, for basic human rights, including an 8-hour workday. On May 1, 1886, over 300,000 workers went on strike across the USA. A few days later, on May 4, four workers were killed and scores were wounded at the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, after the explosion of a highly suspicious, makeshift bomb. Seven of the demonstration leaders were arrested and later executed by the state for their participation in the demonstration.
Today, the leadership in the White House and the Congress would like to return to those days, when according to their capitalist ideals, “America was great.” America was so “great” that hundreds of thousands of children worked 12-hour days, six days a week, and immigrant women were treated like cattle in the mills of Lawrence, Lowell, across New England and the nation.
Over the past 40 years, as American labor unions have dwindled in numbers as a result of a constant barrage of attacks from right-wing presidents and pay-for-play liberals, working class Americans and immigrant workers have been left vulnerable and isolated. Now, they want to pit the working class against itself. Over the past few months, we have seen the emergence of bare-knuckle capitalism. Violence, militarism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, hatred of LGBTQIA people, racism, sexism, antisemitism and other forms of hate have been given the nod by Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress, who have declared an all-out war on working class rights.
All working people, including immigrants, Muslims, African Americans, women, LGBTQIA people, older adults and people living with disabilities; all of us are in the cross-hairs of an erratic, power-drunk exploiter and a Congress hell-bent on privatizing public education, dismantling environmental and occupational safety regulations, revoking protections and constitutional rights, and creating a toxic atmosphere in which the threat of fascism and war looms over all of our heads, regardless of our color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or religion.
This May Day, we the working people of Boston and the world are facing great challenges. More than ever, we need to lead the charge for working class rights with strong and independent action to bring a halt to the privatization of our schools, our health care, public transportation, and other vital resources which rightfully belong to all people—especially those who make our economy possible—the workers!
This May Day, CPUSA-Boston invites you to join us as we work to organize an effective resistance to the racist, sexist, xenophobic and homophobic Trump regime. We invite you to take a stand with us not only to #resist Trump, but to demand working class rights as human rights and to usher in the transition to socialism.
We know that capitalism cannot meet basic human needs. We have learned that in the absence of strong unions and an independent movement of the working class, capitalism will be the death of the human race.
In this, the centennial year of the October Socialist Revolution, we call on the working people of the United States, and all countries, to consciously unite!
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