May Day Rally
Chile Shows That the True Engine of History Is Class Struggle
Lester Calderon is an industrial worker and member of the Revolutionary Workers Party (PTR) in Chile. In a speech given at the international rally of the Trotskyist Fraction this May Day, he explains how the government of President Sebastián Piñera, with the complicity of several “left” parties, has used the pandemic to further suppress the mass uprising that began last year.
Lester CalderonMay 14, 2020
Gaëtan Gracia: We’re Going to Have to Fight for Our Own World after the Pandemic
In a speech given at the international rally of the Trotskyist Fraction this May Day, Gaëtan Gracia, a militant worker and member of the Revolutionary Communist Current (CCR), denounces the French state’s efforts to repress workers’ actions to combat the public health and economic crises and the role French imperialism has played in withholding crucial medical supplies from the African countries they exploit and oppress.
Left VoiceMay 14, 2020
Scilla Di Pietro: Workers Have Turned Anger Into Struggle
In a speech given at the international rally of the Trotskyist Fraction this May Day, Scilla Di Pietro, a food service worker and member of the Revolutionary International Fraction (FIR), speaks about how years of neoliberal austerity measures at the hands of the EU and the Italian government has turned the coronavirus pandemic into widespread devastation. She talks about how the efforts and struggles of workers has been central to counterposing the false unity broadcast by the government and capitalists.
Scilla Di PietroMay 12, 2020
Karina Rojas: “In This Crisis, Women Bear the Heaviest Burdens”
In a speech given at the international rally of the Trotskyist Fraction this May Day, Karina Rojas, a member of the Current of Socialist Workers (CTS) and Pan y Rosas, explains how the public health and economic crises have disproportionately affected women in Uruguay, leaving many unemployed and subject to violence by the state and at home.
Left VoiceMay 11, 2020
Paola Zeledón: “Costa Rica’s Government Has Done Everything Possible to Maintain Capitalist Profits”
In a speech given at the international rally of the Trotskyist Fraction this May Day, Paola Zeledón, a member of the Socialist Organization (OS) in Costa Rica, speaks out about the fight of precarious workers in Costa Rica against the neoliberal measures of Costa Rica’s government.
Left VoiceMay 11, 2020
Charlotte Ruga: “We Have to Fight for the Nationalization of the Entire Healthcare System Under Worker Control”
In a speech given at the international rally of the Trotskyist Fraction this May Day, Charlotte Ruga, a midwife and member of the International Revolutionary Organization (RIO) in Germany, speaks about the austerity measures being implemented by the German government against both the working class in Germany and in dependent countries across Europe.
Charlotte RugaMay 10, 2020
Marcello Pablito: “On May 1, We Remember Our History of Struggle”
In a speech given at the international rally of the Trotskyist Fraction this May Day, Marcello Pablito, a leader of the Revolutionary Workers Movement (MRT) and the afro-socialist group quilombo vermelho, denounces the right wing government of Jair Bolsonaro for racist and antiworker attacks during the pandemic. He speaks about how Black people in Brazil are most at risk of both infection and state violence during the pandemic and how a united working class is the only solution the present crisis.
Marcello PablitoMay 9, 2020
Cecilia Quiroz: “We Know There Are Resources to Combat the Pandemic!”
In a speech given at the international rally of the Trotskyist Fraction this May Day, Cecilia Quiroz, member of the Socialist Workers Current (CST) speaks about the effect of decades of neoliberalism on Peru and its response to the pandemic.
Cecilia QuirozMay 9, 2020
Tre Kwon: “Frontline Workers Show the Working Class Has Solutions for Society’s Ills”
In a speech given at the international rally of the Trotskyist Fraction this May Day, socialist nurse and editor of Left Voice Tre Kwon speaks about how the present crisis has revealed the contradictions of capitalism, in particular the undervaluation of “feminized” social reproductive labor. She shares her experiences as a frontline worker in the middle of a pandemic and the need to build an independent organization of the working class that fights for working and oppressed people.
Tre KwonMay 7, 2020
Violeta Tamayo: “Against the Coup in Bolivia, the Working Class Will Find a Way Out of the Crisis”
As part of the Trotskyist Fraction’s international rally this May Day, Violeta Tamayo, a member of the Revolutionary Workers League of Bolivia, explains how the right-wing coup against Evo Morales has exacerbated the coronavirus crisis and increased repression against the working class and oppressed sectors. She speaks about the brave resistance of Bolivia’s working class and women’s movement in the face of immense repression and persecution.
Left VoiceMay 7, 2020