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May Day

A Cartoon History of May Day

May Day, or International Workers Day, is celebrated every year around the world to honor the struggles of the generations of workers who fought against capitalist exploitation. Here we take a look at the one that started it all — the Haymarket uprising in Chicago, 1886.

Sarah Crowe

May 1, 2021

May Day 2021: Virtual Rally for an International of Socialist Revolution

On Saturday at 3pm Eastern / 12pm Pacific, the Trotskyist Fraction — Fourth International will hold an online rally to present a new manifesto. Comrades from 14 countries in Europe and the Americas will be participating. 

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 Calderon

May 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 Pietro

May 12, 2020

Santiago Lupe: We Are Fighting for the United Socialist States of Europe

In a speech given at the international rally of the Trotskyist Fraction this May Day, Santiago Lupe, a historian and member of the Revolutionary Workers Current in the Spanish State, explains how the pandemic has shown clearly that the European Union is nothing but a unified force of Europe’s imperialist powers to impose the interests of capitalists. Only a united working class across borders can put a stop to the death and destruction facing millions of people and find a way out of the current crisis.

Santiago Lupe

May 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 Voice

May 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 Voice

May 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 Ruga

May 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 Pablito

May 9, 2020