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May Day 2015: 10th Annual May Day of Action for Status for All

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May/01/2015 - 5:00 pm

Friday, May 1 | 5:00 pm | Starting at Nathan Phillips Square (Toronto City Hall) | Post-march performances & show at St. James Park
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Every year on May 1st grassroots organizations in Toronto rally and march to mark International Worker’s Day, for migrant and worker’s rights and in support of Indigenous people’s struggles. Themed around the most pressing issues of the day and committed to people’s struggles against oppression and exploitation, May Day unites people’s struggles for self-determination and liberation. We continue this tradition in 2015, rallying and marching against colonial and capitalist attacks on our communities here and Canadian imperialism’s plunder and attacks on peoples across the world.


Specifically, this year, our May Day organizing seeks to highlight struggles around the following eight themes:
  1. Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination;
  2. Migrant workers' resistance to border imperialism;
  3. Solidarity with working class struggle globally;
  4. Anti-poverty and anti-austerity organizing;
  5. Student strikes and academic labour battles against neoliberalization;
  6. Environmental Justice;
  7. Militant rank and file labour movements;
  8. Gender Justice

March Details:

We will gather at Nathan Phillips Square at 5pm and will begin with a rally featuring four speakers who will address this year's May Day themes.
The march will begin around 6pm and will snake through the downtown core to remind the business district of the power of workers, with or without immigration status, on this historic day. We will chant, we will sing, we will dance, we will bang our drums, and together we will make sure the celebration of our struggles is heard loud and clear.
The march will end at St. James Park, just east of the intersection of Church and King. In the park, we will have food, and listen to four more inspiring speakers discuss their experiences organizing for justice in these tough times. The evening will conclude with an hour of fun, militant and rabble rousing performances from local artists! Follow our website and facebook for details of performers.
This is a family friendly march, kids are welcome and encouraged to attend. See you there!


Accessibility Information:
Getting to Nathan Phillips Square (Toronto City Hall):
Nathan Phillips Square is located at the intersection of Queen and Bay, very close to Queen and Osgoode subway stations, which have elevator access.
During the March:
There will be an accessible van with a capacity to fit two mobility devices and space for two passenger seats with us for the duration of the march. There might also be some extra space in the passenger seats of one of the sound trucks.
After the March:
For people using mobility devices, the accessible van will drive you back to accessible subway station (likely Queen) once the event concludes. If there are more people than the van can fit, it will run multiple shifts.
If you have accessibility related concerns at any point during the rally or the march, please approach one of our marshalls for assistance.
 
American Sign Language - English 
We have been working hard to find an ASL interpreter who can make it to May Day, however, all of the people we've approached are already occupied. Do you know someone who can provide ASL assistance within an anti-oppressive framework, and for the specific context of a grassroots rally and march? If so, please get in touch with us at merledavis(at)gmail.com. There is an honorarium provided for their assistance.


Donate:

The march and rally are organized entirely on the volunteer labour of grassroots community organizations. There are, however, a lot of expenses, from transportation and sound system rentals, to materials for banners and flags, food, website hosting and poster printing and distribution.


If you, your community or organization are able to donate some money to offset the costs, we’d greatly appreciate it. Please send cheques addressed to ‘No One Is Illegal-Toronto’ to P.O. Box 60006, 260 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M5V 1Z8. Please write ‘May Day’ on the memo line.