Friday, April 27, 2007

1st May Is Your Day! (Probably)

Unless you make money off other people's hard work, 1st May each year is YOUR day! Yes, it is a day to celebrate YOU, and all YOUR struggles against the profit system! It also helps us remember our predecessors, many of whom died so that we could live better lives.

International Workers' Day has been celebrated for over one hundred years. It was set on May 1st to commemorate the Haymarket martyrs, who were murdered in Chicago for demanding not only an eight hour working day (something which would be a step forward for many of us in the UK today) but the destruction of the capitalist system, which demands ever greater attacks on working class people in the name of profit.

You might ask what this has to do with you, in Liverpool, in 2007. But take a look around!
Sometimes it all gets a bit too much, and even the most committed activists feel disheartened. We didn't choose this fight, it chose us because of our class position. But together we are strong! Mayday is the time when we look back at the example of those who struggled before us, and forward to struggles in our near future. As one of the martyrs shouted at his execution: "The time will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today."

In Liverpool this week, there are quite a few events as part of the Mayday festivities. The fun begins on Friday, 27th April, when the Liverpool Social Forum launch LARF (Liverpool Alternative Radical Film collective), with a three day festival of fascinating, thought-provoking, and inspiring films. On 1st May itself, Merseyside TUC have organised a march and rally for all those who want 'Save our public services' and 'Say no to racism'! Then in the evening, the action shifts to The Bumper on Hardman Street, where Liverpool Social Forum's gig will raise funds for Iraqi trade unionists and the Liverpool Social Centre.

Mayday is YOUR day! Make the most of it!
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