Dear Job Party,
My name is Melody Lee, I am an intern at Brandworkers International, a New York based not-for-profit organization that works to empower retail and food employees to win justice on the job and in the community through social change. We are among dozens of organizations around the country collaborating through an emerging network called May Day United to promote a national outpouring of working people on May 1, 2011. The network is uniting worker and community-based organizations around solutions to the hardships facing working families and against escalating attacks on the rights of workers, especially immigrants and workers of color.
Through organizing, compelling digital and print materials, and increased national coordination, the network will seek to increase awareness and participation in existing May Day actions and encourage a spirited type of participation along the lines of 2006. To be clear, we’re not seeking to organize protests or compete with existing protest efforts, but to facilitate collaboration.
Below I have pasted the Call to Action, drafted over the past couple of weeks by the working group trying to get this network off the ground. Please share this Call with the Job Party and with other organizations who you think should be involved with this national network. We hope that your organization will sign on to the call and enter into collaboration with other groups around the country through May Day United, so that we might all work together to make May Day a more powerful day of action in the United States.
Thank you very much and I hope we can work together on this project.
May Day United—Call to Action
This is a call to join a network of worker centers, community organizations, and labor unions to increase national participation and power on May Day 2011 to win good jobs, legalization, and equality for every worker. As we all know, Congress and state governments across the nation have begun to wage a relentless attack against all workers this year and in years to come, especially immigrant workers and workers of color. At the same time, the remarkable energy, turnout, and spirit seen five years ago on May 1, 2006 has yet to be duplicated.
Stagnant and falling wages, lingering unemployment, and escalating attacks on immigrant workers and the right of all workers to organize call for an outpouring of energy and action in the United States on May 1, 2011. A powerful grassroots movement can win fair-paying jobs and equality while defending against the expansion of Arizona-style racial-profiling laws, rampant firings, workplace raids, deportations, and the downward economic spiral confronting US working families. To that end, we invite you to support and participate in the May Day United network along the following principles of unity:
1) Supporting increased participation in May Day 2011 actions and supporting local groups in organizing May Day actions where they do not yet exist.
2) Encouraging workers to request May 1st off, or for workers interested in striking, providing organizing and legal support in advance of May Day as well as comprehensive solidarity in the event of retaliation.
3) Calling for- a) Jobs for all and legalization for all, b) The right to organize and true equality for every worker.
To embrace this call, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Jen Waller at 510-326-3652.