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May Day: Defend, Widen and Share the Struggle

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category international | anarchist movement | policy statement author Friday May 01, 2009 19:02author by Various - Anarkismo Report this post to the editors
Today as in the past, May Day means respect for mobilizations throughout the world by workers who suffer, at times even paying with their lives, for the sake of their struggles to improve the condition of men and women who labour under the control of capitalism.
As anarchist communists, we support the struggle for a radical change to a society of freedom, equality and solidarity, but we do not forget that in many countries, workers do not even have the most basic possibility to organise into unions, and many work in subhuman conditions for subhuman pay. Our thoughts today go to these workers, as we seek to strengthen the networks of support for the struggles of all the peoples of the world.
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Anarchist Communist May Day statement

May Day: Defend, Widen and Share the Struggle


Today as in the past, May Day means respect for mobilizations throughout the world by workers who suffer, at times even paying with their lives, for the sake of their struggles to improve the condition of men and women who labour under the control of capitalism.

As anarchist communists, we support the struggle for a radical change to a society of freedom, equality and solidarity, but we do not forget that in many countries, workers do not even have the most basic possibility to organise into unions, and many work in subhuman conditions for subhuman pay. Our thoughts today go to these workers, as we seek to strengthen the networks of support for the struggles of all the peoples of the world.

In Western countries, the 'cradle of freedom', the fate of working men and women has grown worse over the last two decades: casualisation, flexibility, magic words adopted by the Left as well as the Right, whose effects are now plain for everyone to see in the harsh effects of a crisis which grew out of lower wages and the destruction of jobs.

Everywhere one can see the difficulties of finding work, the increase in the use of blackmail against anyone who tries to organise political and social opposition, the growing insecurity for the future of the young and the not so young. And yet despite all this, profits are growing, financial mafias are infiltrating all areas, and it is increasingly difficult to carry out union and political activity with the aim of effecting real change.

The choice of States and the leaders of the G20 is repression, oppression and exploitation. Their first choice is to rescue the banks and the businesses. The workers can expect nothing, and in the meantime have to resort to getting into debt in order to survive.

But even in the hard times of a crisis, May Day continues to remind us that the only way to win rights is through struggle by the workers, self-organised and federated. But what we win is not won forever.

Our gains must be defended, widened and shared through more struggles.

The mobilizations throughout the world over the last few months of crisis serve to remind us that mass struggle, from below, self-managed, is in the workers' blood, in their historical memory, and stands in opposition to the leaders of international capitalism and the governments of the whole world in the name of social justice and the defence of the material interests of the world of labour.

It is the task of anarchist communists and revolutionaries to protect this memory and ensure that it remains a part of today's struggles, as an active force which is part and parcel of the workers' movement, a movement which must become a real revolutionary force capable of destroying capitalism and ushering in a new age of freedom, equality and solidarity.

1st May 2009

Alternative Libertaire (France)
Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici (Italy)
Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland)
Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (South Africa)
Common Cause (Canada)


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author by Andrewpublication date Fri May 01, 2009 20:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

If you want to distribute the statement at local mayday events you can print out a PDF at http://www.wsm.ie/attachments/may2009/mayday09.pdf

This version has the WSM contact details & logo at the bottom and the Anarkismo.net logo

author by Workers Solidarity Alliance - WSApublication date Fri May 01, 2009 22:23author email wsany at hotmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Dear friends, fellow and sister workers and comrades:

The Workers Solidarity Alliance (WSA) extends our May Day Greetings to all workers across the world.

As the international struggle against capitalism and the state continue, and intensifies, it is our hope that the libertarian-socialist spirit of these struggles continue to develop and deepen and that our movement, the international class struggle anarchist movement, will also grow and develop and become an organized and visible part of the growing struggles.

On this year of the 123rd Anniversary of the Chicago Haymarket Martyrs valiant struggle for workers freedom, let us not let their spirit and their efforts to create a new world be forgotten. On this occasion, let us also not forget the duplicity of the bosses, nor the inhumanity of the state, whenever the hegemony and tyranny of these over society is seriously challenged, as it was challenged by our murdered brothers, the Haymarket Martyrs.

In the spirit of the Haymarket Martyrs then, let us not be fooled by the empty promises of bosses, bureaucrats, and politicians, let us instead learn to depend upon the solidarity of a united working-class, awakened to class consciousness, and dedicated to creating a future without bosses and rulers. A working class that unites across race, gender, sexual orientation and immigration status.

We are not fooled by Obama's rhetoric of a better and more just society. Clearly we recognize the historic significance of his election. Yet his cabinet is filled with those who continue to favor the corporate world. In some instances they will wage their fight against the working class in subtle ways. In other, the attack will be more frontal and in your face.

We must be vigilant. We must not forget that we live in a class society, regardless of who sits in the White House. We need to continue to march, we must continue to protest, we must continue to organize from below and we must build a new movement in the face of many odds.

Thus, let us work and struggle together to bring direct democracy and worker self-management to the workplace, while not overlooking the fight to attain better working conditions in the here and now. Let us fight for better housing and tenant control. Lets us struggle for community, as well as, workers control. Let us also stand in solidarity with our fellow workers around the world who are undergoing persecution due to their workplace organizing, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, or because of their status as immigrants.

Finally, let us strive together to reach our full development as the genuine productive forces of society and to assume our rightful status in the world as the masters of our own destiny. Motivated by the fact that unlike our bosses, our landlords, bankers, politicians or bureaucrats, that we, the members of the working class, do not live off the exploitation and oppression of others.

As the cold days of winter turn into the warm days of spring, may the cold days of capitalist and state oppression also soon come to an end.

Yours in solidarity and struggle,

WORKERS SOLIDARITY ALLIANCE
General Offices
339 Lafayette Street - Room 202
New York, NY 10012 usa

Related Link: http://www.workersolidarity.org
author by Anarchopublication date Fri May 01, 2009 23:48author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Happy International Workers Day everyone!

And here, thanks to the power of YouTube, are a collection of labour and protest songs to mark the occasion:

http://anarchism.pageabode.com/anarcho/happy-internatio...s-day

Solidarity Forever!

Related Link: http://anarchism.pageabode.com/anarcho/reclaim-may-day-an-anarchi...story
 
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