about us

The May 1st Movement (M1M) was founded in late 2008 as a coalition of working-class and people’s organizations to reclaim the history of May Day for the working class in Toronto. After four years of organizing May Day activities and rallies, in 2012 we have contributed to bringing together people’s organizations for a united rally on International Workers’ Day.  In the coming years, we must broaden and strengthen this unity with all possible forces in order to advance our struggles.

To do this, M1M and all progressives, militants, and revolutionaries – all anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, and anti-colonial forces – must work together to win over more and more people to a positive vision of what is to be done.  The crisis of capitalism is deepening day-by-day.  Before the ruling class finds more reactionary solutions to the crisis, people’s organizations must struggle to unify around a project of universal liberation.

The May 1st Movement (M1M) believes that we cannot expect capitalism to meet the needs of the people. Our demands should reflect this reality, and so should our strategy for change.  We can’t propagate illusions about what’s possible in this system.  We need to build the capacity of the people to fight for a new society. We need to reclaim the history of militant labour and unions led by the workers, not big salaried bureaucrats. We need grassroots power in our communities and our schools — in every sector of society.  We need as many people as possible to take a lead. The Aboriginal people in this country are showing us the way forward as they stand up all across the country to defend their land, their lives, and their livelihoods from the plunder of Canadian government and the corporations.  The rest of us must do the same.

Let May Day be the launching point for the struggles that must come.  Let May Day be the day when we march with the toiling peoples of the world against the global capitalist and imperialist system!

 

Participants of the Coalition:

* Barrio Nuevo
* Migrante-Ontario
* Bayan Canada
* BASICS Community News Service
* Progressive Nepali Forum of the Americas
* Victor Jara Cultural Group
* CASA Salvador Allende
* Migrant Women’s Coordinating Body
* Tamil Resources Centre Organization
* Tamil Workers Alliance
* Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) – Toronto
* Canada-El Salvador Action Network (CELSAN)
* Women United Against Imperialism
* Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee (PRAC) – Toronto
* United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1000A

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