Statement By Wellington Mayday Activists
Mayday2002 Carnival Against Capitalism
Mayday 2002 Global Day of Action
Our Resistance is as Global as their Capital
What is Mayday?
The 1st of May is the day when we celebrate struggles against class society & demonstrate our internationalism. Mayday was adopted by the workers movement as the day to celebrate the general strike for an 8 hour day led by the anarchist Haymarket Matyrs who were executed in 1886. It is the day that workers and the international labour movement have chosen to commemorate the historic struggle for workers' basic rights all around the world. Last Mayday saw huge demonstrations & strikes all around the world.
This Mayday, like previous years, is a global day of action where people of different movements & different countries will join forces for a day of protest against the social, political & economic institutions of the capitalist system. Workers, the unemployed, students, trade unionists, indigenous peoples, peasants, the landless, women's groups, ethnic minorities, peace activists, environmentalists and so on will work in solidarity with one another in the understanding that their various struggles are not isolated from each other.
After a century of pretending to reform itself into a more humane system, capitalism can now only show itself as unrestrained exploitation. It's constant drive for profit compels it to ruin the environment, provoke wars, exploit indigenous peoples and force everyone to work harder and longer. Increasingly people are becoming angry with debt- ridden, stressful lives over which they have no control.
The media are keen to misdirect this anger against fellow workers, indigenous people, asylum seekers or beneficiaries. But the mass protests against capitalism show that people are beginning to direct their anger against the real source of their problems: capitalism.
Wellington MayDay happenings [[[timetable]]] [download our pamphlet] http://aotearoa.wellington.net.nz/mayday/pdfs/mayday2002c.pd f
12pm: gathering at Manners Mall for shared munchies
12:30pm: Manners Mall Mayday rally - with speaker Erwanto :: International Representative :: FPDRA Aceh Peoples Democratic Resistance Front:: [download the pamphlet] http://aotearoa.wellington.net.nz/mayday/pdfs/erwanto.pdf
For more info on FPDRA Aceh Peoples Democratic Resistance Front:: see:: http://www.fpdra.com/profile.htm
then marching on Business NZ :: (corner of Hunter and Victoria Sts.)
4pm: Kensington Gardens:: Reclaim the Streets Party [download the pamphlet] http://aotearoa.wellington.net.nz/mayday/pdfs/rtsmayday.pdf
8:30pm Mayday Social :: Live Music :: International Visitors :: Turnbull House, Bowen Street
for more info see our website http://aotearoa.wellington.net.nz/mayday/
or contact Pete at 0211076755
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