Reflections on Toronto May Day 2019

May Day in Toronto this year was marked by a couple of rallies, plenty of rain, and one bloody guillotine. It was my first May Day in Toronto, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but was excited for the opportunity to be explicitly and confrontationally anti-capitalist in the streets. May Day to me is about celebrating labour victories of years past and fighting for a world free from all forms of oppression. I’d heard that the main feature of Toronto May Day is the evening march, organized by a coalition of organizations, and that most people came with their union or political group. Read More …

Hamilton May Day: Causing some shit and wearing our politics proudly

Anti-Authoritarian & Anti-Capitalist Mayday 2019 Reportback

Anyone who lives in Hamilton knows that JSquare is truly a temple of precarious jobs. Maybe you’ve put in your hours sweeping yellow skittles off the theatre floor or selling cigar boxes at one of the telemarketing firms; maybe you have a friend who pushed data plans at one of the cell booths or slung Mooseheads at the Honest Lawyer. Whatever your experience of Jackson Square, you can perhaps imagine how satisfying it might be to march with a crew of 40 radicals through the mall, spreading May Day cheer and working class solidarity to all those stuck working on this International Worker’s Day.

This year’s May Day began two months prior with an attempt at coalition organizing. It was a real possibility, but for the presence of a small yet committed group of authoritarian communists (working under different banners of the Revolutionary Communist Party) whose behavior during the meetings rendered the word “solidarity” meaningless. Thus proving once again that there can be no solidarity with those who seek power over us, those who worship the murderous dictators of history, those who follow party lines instead of their own ethics. And so anarchists went our own way, calling for an anti-authoritarian & anti-capitalist march on our own terms. Read More …

Roundup of May Day events!

There are a number of May Day events happening across the region on Wednesday May 1 2019, marking International Workers’ Day by taking the streets, celebrating in parks, and remembering the ways that capitalism underpins so many of the problems people face every day. From east to west, here are the events we’ve received details about from their organizers and a short excerpt from each callout. Got a May Day Read More …

Regarding KW May Day and Socialist Fight Back

From KW May Day Collective By Adam, member of the KW May Day Collective It seems necessary to respond to some of things outlined in Socialist Fightback’s statement about KW May Day. As a member of the KW May Day collective I can certainly speak to some of our feelings, thoughts and rationales around this. My perspective is informed in part by various interactions with Fightback generally over the last Read More …

Report-back from May Day in Kingston

Anonymous Submission to North Shore Counter-Info “Oh wow, we’re just, like, taking up the street,” I hear the thirty-something guy behind me exclaim to his friend as we take off. “Holy shit this is awesome,” his friend replies. Slightly more experienced folks from the crowd move instinctively to the side and back to stop traffic as we move out of the park and onto the road, heading towards Kingston’s main Read More …

May Day Events Across Southern Ontario

Spring has arrived, and that means that across the world anti-capitalists are preparing to mark International Workers Day, also known as May Day. Every year on May 1st, anti-capitalists of all stripes come together to remember both the red and green origins of May Day with events ranging from community socials and free meals to marches, strikes and direct action. See below for a brief list of May Day events Read More …