We join with you on this day to pay respects to the struggles that gave birth to May Day 132 years ago in Chicago, Illinois.
The fight for the eight-hour day, led by immigrant anarchists and socialist labor leaders in the U.S., was gaining steam in 1886. In an attempt to destroy the movement, police provocateurs threw a bomb at a peaceful labor rally in Haymarket Square. Eight radical leaders were falsely charged with murder, and four were hung.
Today, the Haymarket rebels’ vision of international class solidarity and revolt against the horrors of capitalism is alive and growing.
From the struggle of the Kurdish people for national liberation, to the railroad workers paralyzing France, to the tens of thousands of striking school teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona, the ruling class worldwide and the imperialist bourgeoisie of the U.S. are feeling the wrath of angry workers and armed rebellion.
As we remember the Chicago martyrs, we join with you in saluting the growing number of women around the world standing on the front lines of the class struggle to defend all workers from the particular brand of patriarchal capitalism embodied in the regimes of Donald Trump, Peter Cosgrove and Mauricio Macri.
Happy May Day!
—Freedom Socialist Party, U.S. and Australia