Anarchists living on occupied Duwamish land (Seattle) have issued a call for a decentralized anti-capitalist Mayday throughout Seattle and the region. Some of us living on occupied Squaxin and Nisqually land (Olympia) were inspired by this call and have begun organizing decentralized events here. We want to take this opportunity to explain why this is important and invite you to take direct action where you see fit in Olympia and beyond.
In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of May 1968, the Macron government had been making plans to commemorate this historic uprising by celebrating how it had purportedly contributed to the liberal “modernization of French society.” Allied with the mass media and the ownership class, what better way for the relatively young neoliberal government to lay claim to the future than by taking over the past, using the ritualized burial rites of state-honored commemoration to spin a teleological tale according to which the legacy of ’68 was alive and well in contemporary ‘liberalization’? According to a spokesperson for the French President, this was of course to be done “without dogmas or prejudice,” in order to show that “68 was the time of utopias and disillusions, and we no longer truly have utopias.”
Call for a May Day strike by Philadelphia Industrial Workers of the World.
Statement by Seattle IWW about their support for a decentralized anti-cpaitalist May Day.
In the run up to the 1st of May demonstration in The Hague bookshop Opstand is organising a lecture about the history of the 1st of May. Peter Storm, blogger on ravotr.nl and author of ‘krachtbronnen van de anarchie’, will come to tell us about how labour day came into existance and why the day itself is still relevent.
Montreal: Gathering with food and speeches at 2:30 pm at Parc Metro. Departure of the neighborhood demonstration at 4:00 pm.
Transnational Call for a wild May 2018 in Paris.
Call for an anti-capitalistic May Day in Montreal.
Fifty years ago, the french revolt in 68 began already on the 22nd of March. Starting in Nanterre with the claim by the male students to be allowed to visit the female students in their room, with some anti-repression and anti-war topics, developed into a wild political may that marked history. Last week, in 2018, the national day of strike and demo was deliberately organised on the 22nd of March to echo the start of nationwide protests in 1968 that led to the country’s biggest-ever strike and notorious street battles between police and students.
Call for a Mayday2018 demonstration in The Hague, Netherlands: A city for the people. Not a playground for the rich!
“We could therefore do this: Instead of commemorating may 1968, we could
try organising a beautiful month of may 2018.”
A Call for a Decentralized, Anti-Capitalist May Day from Seattle, USA. For the past few years, May Day in Seattle has slowly been shifting away from the centralized, “Anti-Capitalist March” model and this is a public call to further commit to a coordinated yet decentralized and direct action-based mode of operation.