On Tuesday, May 1, members of CUPE 3911 will join proudly in Edmonton’s annual march and rally for May Day. Hundreds of people from many different groups and organizations are expected to participate in the celebrations, regardless of the weather. Come out and participate wherever you live! Bring your banners, signs and flags. You will be joining the millions of workers around the world marching in defence of workers’ rights and the rights of all. This is a great opportunity to celebrate with your working sisters and brothers!
In Edmonton, people will gather at 5:00 PM at the Ironworkers Local Union Hall at 10512 122nd St. Participants will march on 124th St. and then return to the hall for food and discussion. In Calgary. In Calgary, people will gather at City Hall at 4:30, march at 5:30, and then hold a discussion, potluck, and social evening at the CommunityWise Resource Centre, 223 12 Avenue SW. In other locations, check with your local labour council to see what events are planned and help organize the events.
The enthusiastic celebration of May Day by workers in Canada and all over the world is a longstanding tradition. May Day is an official national holiday in over 80 countries and is celebrated unofficially in many other countries. On May Day, workers everywhere come together to denounce the state of affairs where the rich can become richer at their expense and to salute all peoples bravely fighting those who bomb, occupy, and pillage their countries, and to pledge to turn things around in favour of the people.
Since 1904, May Day has been marked by large organized street demonstrations and marches by working people and their organizations throughout most of the world. May Day 2018 is just two and a half years after the Liberals were elected in Canada, vowing to bring their “sunny ways” to the entire country. Now is a good time to come together to discuss what the actual reality of those last two and a half years is and what must be done to bring about a bright future.
Celebrating May Day by rallying together is an excellent way to remind ourselves that the working class must resist the anti-social offensive of those in power. Concessions are not solutions. Resistance is also the only choice for women, seniors, youth and others amongst the people. The working class must prove in a practical way that its resistance and the elimination of the anti-social offensive will be for the betterment of not only individual Canadians and their collectives but also would serve the general interests of society and its advancement.
Working people also need to come forward to strengthen the people's anti-war opposition. The danger of more wars and of world war is increasing as the use of force in international affairs and diplomacy is becoming routine. We must not allow pro-war parties to dominate our public discourse and institutions and to subjugate Canada to U.S. war plans. Everyone should work tirelessly to establish an anti-war government. On May Day, let us demonstrate that together we can and must fight for the rights of all!