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Stuttgart: Statements in public and at home

Comrades of the Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Stuttgart displayed the goals expressed in the call for the Global May Day in public and at home:

India: Statements by IT workers

As part of the Global May Day the Forum for I.T. Employees (FITE) asked IT workers to submit statements. Here are some examples:

And M. Sathiesh (General Secretary, FITE) recorded a great message on the importance of May Day directed at workers in the IT/ITeS sector:

Also the following statement was recorded:

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Bonn: May Day rally

Despite various restrictions the Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Bonn called for a rally in the city center.

To express their support for struggles against exploitation and for emancipation around the world the banner “Solidarity is our weapon. #1world1struggle” was displayed.

details also published on bonn.fau.org

Bristol/Bournemouth: Banners in the streets

Statement released by Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Bristol:

Fellow Workers,
To mark and celebrate May Day this year members of Bristol IWW and Bristol Green Anti-Capitalist Front held a banner drop outside of BASE, an anarchist community centre that has become an essential mutual aid hub for the local community.
This May Day is a time to celebrate the victories of the labour movement and an invitation to challenge ourselves to build new programmes and organise outside of the state and the economy.
We send our solidarity to all the other organisations and individuals participating in the Global May Day 2020 and hope that like us, you see today as the beginning of more actions in a struggle for the liberation of the working class and the natural world from the exploitation of the wage system.
Together the working class will overcome Covid-19 and the capitalist virus.
Solidarity Forever!
#1world1struggle #MayDay #IWW #GAF

In Bournemouth comrades dropped these banners on a bridge:

Chat: Reflecting on GMD 2020

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May 3rd: Chat Meeting to collect Reports and Reflect on Global May Day 2020

This will be the first chat meeting after Global May Day 2020. Let’s come together to share reports on May Day activities and evaluate how things went.

Everyone sympathizing with the Global May Day self-conception is welcome to join the meeting! Please help to invite others who might be interested.

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Sri Lanka: Mutual Aid for Garment Workers

On May Day the feminist Dabindu Collective gave out rations of groceries to garment workers within the Free Trade Zone Katunayake, nearby the capital city Colombo.

Due to the prevailing situation the Dabindu Collective offered dry rations to the garment workers of Katunayake Free Trade Zone. There are still workers staying in boarding houses waiting to be able to return to their hometown. They have no income and can’t get to their families because public transport is shut down.
The distribution was supported by the National Union of Seafarers Sri Lanka & International Transport Workers’ Federation (NUSS).

Kabul+Iran: Graffiti at police stations/ Video message

Comrades of the the Anarchist Union of Afghanistan and Iran (AUAI) arranged various activities in the context of the Global May Day 2020.
Here are some of them:

Slogans on police stations in Kabul:

AS LONG AS THE STATE EXISTS, THE WORKERS ARE NEEDY AND DEPENDENT ON IT!
ONE WORLD. ONE STRUGGLE.
WORKERS’ UNITY!

Creating a video with a May Day message from Iran:

The capitalist system, as the ruling class system, plays a deadly and destructive role in today’s society, where we clearly see the brutal exploitation of man and nature in favor of the ruling and capitalist classes. Capitalism draws from the oppression and control of government institutions, racism and prejudiced hatred, which exploits all of us and continues its wretched existence.

In addition to capitalism, Iranians are fighting another deadly government called the Islamic Republic of Iran. Workers who worked without pay for months are suffering from unemployment and poverty due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Many deprived and working-class people in Iran have been forced to work and risk contracting the coronavirus only to put food on their tables. Proper health and sanitation conditions are a privilege that most workers are deprived of. Instead of helping the people, the government is propagandizing and propagating lies about how well they have dealt with this crisis. The regime refused to hospitalize and care for Afghan Coronavirus-contracted patients and other vulnerable sections of society. They collect masks and health products for themselves and their agents. In the midst of this crisis, they are exploiting their citizens with high-interest loans.

Like the rest of the capitalist world, they want to open up the bazaar, the economy, and religious sites even though they are well aware that they are endangering the lives of innocent people. So far, 3600 of Iranians have been arrested by law enforcement and the Basij for reporting on the actual number of corona cases, and 1,136 lawsuits have been filed against them.

The struggle for our liberation begins when we understand our existence in a connected world and similarity of oppression and tyranny everywhere. Our struggle is as interconnected as our world. We need to build global solidarity networks to continue this struggle and win.

One world, One struggle

also published on asranarhism.com

And some sprayed graffiti on walls somewhere in Iran:

also published on asranarshism.com

Solidarity Messages GMD 2020

Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Hamburg

Community Radio Broadcast (FSK) Hamburg

Radio broadcast on the Global May Day aired on May Day 2020 on the local radio station Freies Sender Kombinat (FSK) in Hamburg. It includes solidarity messages from FAU Marburg – Gießen – Wetzlar, Forum for I.T. Employees (FITE) in India as well as FAU Hamburg. Content is in German and English.

Forum for I.T. Employees (FITE), India

Message released by FITE as part of the Global May Day.
statement on their website

FAU Marburg-Gießen-Wetzlar

Audio statement by the Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Marburg-Gießen-Wetzlar as part of Global May Day 2020.

Statement by the Anarchist Union of Afghanistan and Iran (AUAI)

The capitalist system, as the ruling class system, plays a deadly and destructive role in today’s society, where we clearly see the brutal exploitation of man and nature in favor of the ruling and capitalist classes.

Capitalism draws from the oppression and control of government institutions, racism and prejudiced hatred, which exploits all of us and continues its wretched existence.

In addition to capitalism, Iranians are fighting another deadly government called the Islamic Republic of Iran. Workers who worked without pay for months are suffering from unemployment and poverty due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Many deprived and working-class people in Iran have been forced to work and risk contracting the coronavirus only to put food on their tables. Proper health and sanitation conditions are a privilege that most workers are deprived of. Instead of helping the people, the government is propagandizing and propagating lies about how well they have dealt with this crisis. The regime refused to hospitalize and care for Afghan Coronavirus-contracted patients and other vulnerable sections of society. They collect masks and health products for themselves and their agents. In the midst of this crisis, they are exploiting their citizens with high-interest loans. Like the rest of the capitalist world, they want to open up the bazaar, the economy, and religious sites even though they are well aware that they are endangering the lives of innocent people. So far, 3600 of Iranians have been arrested by law enforcement and the Basij for reporting on the actual number of corona cases, and 1,136 lawsuits have been filed against them.

The struggle for our liberation begins when we understand our existence in a connected world and similarity of oppression and tyranny everywhere. Our struggle is as interconnected as our world. We need to build global solidarity networks to continue this struggle and win.

One world, One struggle َ

Anarchists Union of Afghanistan & Iran

Activities announced (so far)

Overview of activities related to the call for a Global May Day 2020:
Announce your own activities to the list. They will be added here.

Chennai, Taminadu (India)

Federation of IT Employees (FITE): Lockdown until May 3. We are planning poster and video message campaign in social media on behalf of FITE.

Marburg (Germany)

Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Marburg-Gießen-Wetzlar: Online Statement and Audio solidary message – We’ll also try to organize a banner-drop at a central point in Marburg – We made a call for reports of working conditions etc. in the region, which we want to publish on first of may online.

Hamburg (Germany)

FAU Hamburg: Small rally (around 25 people); social media stuff like share pics, banner drops in different parts of the city; solidarity video. Concerning the rally we also have the problem that leading German neo-nazis want to gather, so we must also have an eye on that.

Bristol (UK)

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Bristol: Is going to poster around the city and do a banner drop from an abandoned pub we have taken over and plan to turn into a mutual aid distro centre. We will also do an online May Day celebration in the evening and publish a solidarity message and proposal for UK unions to resist a return to “business as usual”.

Iran / Afghanistan

Anarchist Union of Afghanistan and Iran (AUAI): We told our activists to act as they see fit and secure. We suggested actions such as writing a graffiti and taking a video and pictures of it and singing and yelling from rooftops. They will act depending on their individual situations.

Brazil

Federação das Organizações sindicalistas revolucionárias do Brasil (FOB): In Brazil, we will make a video, a press release, and there will also be posters, banners and paintings in the cities, as well as a recorded podcast.

Spain

Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT): CGT released the following announcement.

May Day against social inequalities 

In that imposed confinement, CGT will go out this May Day to the windows and balconies of social networks and wishes to invite you in order to
share it with all the sister international organizations. 

Tomorrow at 10 am (time in the Spanish State) we will give a press
conference to present the campaign for May Day, you can participate in
it through the following link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/95486085911 

On May Day, from 11:30 am we will publish our photos demanding Basic
Equal Income (RBIs) NOW! with hastag #1MayoRBIsYA 

And from 12 noon a brief speech by our Secretary General will begin and
then, more than an hour of concert with the musical groups that have
wished to participate with us. You can access the concert on the Red and
Black TV channel
and expand the
information at cgt.org.es

¡Long live May Day and Long live the Working Class!

University of California

UC COLA Intercampus General Assembly: Wildcat strike on different campuses of the University of California.

How to join GMD 2020?

  • Support the Global May Day call and inform the GMD mailing list.
  • Visually connect your May Day activities with the Global May Day call by displaying the common symbols.
  • Communication locally, globally and online: put your local activities into a global context by refering to the Global May Day; announce your planned activities beforehand to the list; share a report about your activities (possibly with pictures) with the list; use your channels on social media to spread share-pics and other materials related to the Global May Day incl. #1world1struggle.
  • Consider to record an audio/video solidarity message and share it with the list.