|May 1, 2012|
Socialists of America, Unite! on May 1, 2012
Occupy spread like wildfire, setting America ablaze. From large cities like New York City and Los Angeles to small towns like Martinsburg, Virginia and Mobile, Alabama, occupiers are consistently organizing, planning, discussing, and taking direct action for the 99%.
Not since the 1960s and 1930s have so many people taken militant action against the state and capital.
No matter what we think of Occupy’s calls for a general strike on May 1, the important thing is that those calls are resonating on a scale not seen since the days of the free speech fights and the call for “One Big Union” by the Industrial Workers of the World.
It is with this in mind that we, the undersigned, call on all socialists, regardless of organizational affiliation or lack thereof,
to unite in joint action on May 1, 2012.
In places where there will be large permitted May Day marches like New York City, there will be a multi-tendency contingent with socialists from a variety of organizations and independent socialists as well. In places without May 1 marches, mass meetings or socials to celebrate May Day might be more appropriate.
Regardless what form it takes, on May 1, 2012 we should act together.
To be clear, we are not saying that socialists who are in unions, campus groups, or other organizations leave or separate from the
contingents/actions those organizations are planning.
We are saying that whatever locally based action socialists take on May 1 should be united in order to maximize our visibility, impact, and influence.
For more information on how to link up with this initiative or organize a joint action in your area, contact
Ben Campbell, Occupy Wall Street
Bhaskar Sunkara, Editor, Jacobin magazine
Billy Wharton, Socialist Party USA
Bob Turansky, Solidarity
Clay Claiborne, Venice filmmaker and The North Star
Chris Cutrone, Platypus Society
Chris Maisano, Democratic Socialists of America
Carl Davidson, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
Dan La Botz, Solidarity
Jason Schulman, New Politics magazine, Democratic Socialists of America
Fernando Gapasin, Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Manuel Barrera, independent revolutionary socialist
Michael Hirsch, New Politics magazine
Steve Early, Labor journalist, organizer, and member of Newspaper Guild/CWA
Warren Davis, Labor Working Group, Occupy Philly
Zak, Occupy Wall Street Class War Camp
*Organizations listed for identification purposes only.
Organizational endorsements: John Reed Society; Platypus Affiliated Society
American Party of Labor
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
Communist Party USA
Democratic Socialists of America
Freedom Road Socialist Organization (freedomroad.org)
Freedom Road Socialist Organization (frso.org)
Industrial Workers of the World
International Socialist Organization
Party for Socialism and Liberation
Progressive Labor Party
Revolutionary Communist Party
Socialist Labor Party
Socialist Party USA
Socialist Workers Party
U.S. Marxist-Leninist Organization
Workers International League
Workers World Party