International Call for an Anti-Imperialist May Day in Defence of Life with Dignity


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It has been more than one hundred years since the first International Worker’s Day on May 1st. It is a day of struggle and celebration that historically has brought millions of people from political and worker’s movements to the streets.

This May 1st, 2020, will not be the same. The necessary policies of social isolation imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic will prevent us from gathering in the streets and squares and from picketing our places of work to show to the governments, the bosses, the banks, and to the totality of the ruling class, that we sustain this world.

For the organizations and networks that are calling for the International Week of Anti-imperialist Struggle, there is no doubt that in the context of the current public health crisis, it’s important to avoid public gatherings and break the chain of infection of the Coronavirus. We equally believe that it is essential to struggle in these moments to force governments and international organizations to put life before profit.

To continue this struggle, we have creatively reinvented our actions in the last couple of weeks, using the tools of communication and social media that our networks and people’s organizations engage with, to strengthen our role in the battle of ideas against our enemies.

This May 1st, we reaffirm that the struggles of the Working Class are alive and active; we will not stay silent as the ruling class tries to use the pandemic as a cover to persist in its atrocities and its attacks on our rights.

We call upon all anti-imperialists: networks, movements, trade unions, parties, political leaders, members of parliament, intellectuals, artists, and religious leaders to raise their voices on this May 1st, 2020.

  1. We denounce imperialism and the attempt of right-wing governments and transnational corporations to offload the costs of the current global crisis onto the working-class; It is the workers of the informal economy that disproportionately bear this burden, in particular women, Afro-descendant people, Dalits, migrants, refugees, and all of the sectors that occupy the peripheral areas of the system.
  2. We defend the right to a dignified life with full employment and labour rights. Capital attempts to offload the costs of the public health crisis through layoffs, evictions, salary cuts to formal workers, as well as the exclusion of millions of informal workers with no fixed income or guaranteed labour rights. At this moment, agricultural workers, under challenging conditions and the domination of capital, confront the risk of shortages and continue to produce food to sustain the cities under quarantine. It is urgent to continue building organizations of the working class that can allow for improvements to their conditions of life and work and struggles for their emancipation.
  3. We demand that governments put all public and private resources at the service of controlling and alleviating the effects of this pandemic, strengthening the instruments of social protection that neoliberal policies have hollowed during the past several decades, principally: labour and union rights; social rights of income distribution; public and free health and education systems, with public production of science and technology; and policies of distribution of land and housing;
  4. We demonstrate our solidarity with all health workers, who are putting their lives at risk to save the millions of victims who have COVID-19. We stand in solidarity with their demand for increased state investment in public health and universal access to healthcare.
  5. We demand policies to fight the patriarchy so that women can lead a life free of violence. Domestic violence has increased globally during lockdowns; governments and people’s movements must address this. We demand an end to the attacks on the rights of women workers; this is even more pressing during this pandemic since women make up around 75% of healthcare workers. We also demand the reorganization of domestic labour and care work and for men, governments, and communities to take responsibility for the sustainability of life.
  6. We demand an end to the US imperialist attack on the legitimate government of Nicolás Maduro and the Venezuelan people. Amid the pandemic, the US government has tightened the sanctions against Venezuela. The US government has accused the president, and other members of his government of narco-terrorism, proposed an absurd plan of “transition” to take Maduro out of the presidency, and mobilized troops naval ships of the US Southern Command very close to Venezuelan borders.
  7. We demand an end to the criminal financial and economic sanctions imposed by the imperialist US government against 39 countries. These sanctions are focused with the most considerable force against Venezuela, Cuba, and Iran, where their people already suffered from a lack of medicine and medical supplies before the pandemic. These countries under sanctions, also face hybrid wars as punishment for maintaining their political independence, their sovereignty and self-determination, and for refusing to submit to US hegemony.
  8. We affirm our commitment to defeating the coordinated international efforts of neo-fascist and far-right movements, that propagate hate, xenophobia, racism, misogyny, authoritarianism, and that amid the pandemic seek an economic, political, and ideological confrontation against China on a global level.
  9. We call for a deep-rooted and fraternal debate about what alternative society the people of the world want as we face this current pandemic and the broader dilemmas of humanity. Our crisis has been constant since at least 2009, but now it has been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  10. We call to build internationalism, unity, and solidarity among the peoples of the world, following the example of anti-imperialists that came before us, as well as the heroic example of the Cuban, Venezuelan, and Chinese people.

Finally, we reaffirm that in this period of the pandemic, we must continue to maintain international spaces of coordination to stop the far right, US imperialism, and defend life, peace, and social justice. We are committed to continuing to build a week of anti-imperialist mobilization in the second half of 2020.


International Week of Anti-imperialist Struggle May 1st, 2020 #WeSustainTheWorld #SostenemosElMundo



  1. Asamblea Internacional de los Pueblos

  2. ALBA Movimientos – Articulación Continental de los Movimientos Sociales y Populares hacia el ALBA

  3. Asamblea Sindicalistas Foro Europeo

  4. Coordinadora de Sindicalistas de Europa (TUNE- Trade Unionists Network Europe)

  5. FEDIM – Federación Democrática Internacional de Mujeres

  6. Foro de São Paulo

  7. Instituto Tricontinental de Investigación Social

  8. La Vía Campesina Internacional

  9. MAR – Movimento de Afectados por Represas

  10. MMM – Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres


  11. Benín, Asociación los Amigos de Venezuela

  12. Senegal, RND – Red Nacional de Mujeres y el Movimiento Femenino del Partido Panafricanista

  13. Sudáfrica, NUMSA – National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa

  14. Sudáfrica, PAT – Pan Africa Today

  15. Sudáfrica, SRWP – Socialist Revolutionary Workers’ Party

  16. Zambia, SP – Socialist Party of Zambia


  17. Argentina, Frente Pátria Grande

  18. Argentina, Frente Popular Dario Santillán

  19. Argentina, Movimiento Popular La Dignidad

  20. Argentina, OLP-RL – Organizaciones Libres del Pueblo-Resistir y Luchar

  21. Argentina, Resumen Latinoamericano

  22. Brasil, Capítulo Brasil ALBA Movimientos

  23. Brasil, Capítulo Brasil do Comitê Internacional Paz, Justiça e Dignidade aos Povos.

  24. Brasil, Comitê Carioca de Solidariedade a Cuba

  25. Brasil, Levante Popular da Juventude

  26. Brasil, MAB – Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens

  27. Brasil, Maria Luiza Franco Busse, jornalista

  28. Brasil, MST – Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra

  29. Canadá, Fire this Time Movement for Social Justice

  30. Chile, Fundación Constituyente XXI

  31. Chile, Movimiento del Socialismo Allendista.

  32. Chile, Red de Comunicadores Populares Werken Rojo.

  33. Colombia - Coordinadora Social y política Marcha Patriotica

  34. Cuba, Capítulo Cubano de ALBA Movimientos

  35. Cuba, CMLK – Centro Memorial Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  36. Cuba, CTC – Central de Trabajadores de Cuba

  37. Ecuador, Movimiento Ecuatoriano Alfarista Bolivariano

  38. Ecuador, Movimiento Nacional Campesino - FECAOL

  39. El Salvador, FMLN – Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional

  40. Estados Unidos, Border Agricultural Workers Project

  41. Estados Unidos, CODEPINK: Women for Peace

  42. Estados Unidos, Highland Park Human Rights Coalition

  43. Estados Unidos, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization

  44. Estados Unidos, Moratorium Now Coalition, Detroit

  45. Estados Unidos, National Welfare Rights Union

  46. Estados Unidos, Party for Socialism and Liberation

  47. Estados Unidos, PEP – Popular Education Project

  48. Estados Unidos, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign

  49. Estados Unidos, Ramón Grosfoguel, University of California at Berkeley

  50. Estados Unidos, The People’s Forum

  51. Estados Unidos, Unión de Vecinos

  52. Estados Unidos, University of the Poor

  53. Estados Unidos, Vermont Workers Center

  54. Guatemala, Alianza Política Sector de Mujeres

  55. Guatemala, CUC – Comité de Unidad Campesina

  56. Haití, Camille Chalmers, director ejecutivo de PAPDA

  57. Haití, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, Alba Movimientos. Chapit Ayiti

  58. Haití, Juslene Tiresias, Mouvman Peyizan Papay  (MPP)

  59. Haití, Marc Arthur Fils-Aimé, secretario general del Partido RASIN Kan Pèp La

  60. Haití, Meres Jean-Charles, Kowodinasyon Rejyonal Oganizasyon Sidès (KROS)

  61. Haití, Yvette MIchaud, Mouvman Peyizan Nasyonal Kongre Papay (MPNKP)

  62. México, Alternativa Socialista México

  63. México, ANUEE – Asamblea Nacional de Usuarios de la Energía Eléctrica

  64. México, Asamblea de Defensores del Territorio Maya Muuch' xinbal

  65. México, CASALC – Coordinadora de Solidaridad con América Latina y el Caribe

  66. México, Comité 68 Pro Libertades Democráticas

  67. México, Comité Antifascista 4T Patria Grande

  68. México, Comité de Solidaridad Monseñor Romero-México

  69. México, Comité Nacional para la Defensa y Conservación de los Chimalapas

  70. México, Comité Social Popular Tierra y Libertad -Durango Dgo

  71. México, CONJUPAN – Confederación de Jubilados y Adultos mayores de la República Mexicana

  72. México, CONUR – Coordinadora de Usuarixs en Resistencia

  73. México, Coordinación de Pueblos, Barrios Originarios y Colonias de Xochimilco

  74. México, Coordinadora de Pueblos en Defensa del Rio Atoyaca-Veracruz

  75. México, Coordinadora Mexicana de Solidaridad con Venezuela

  76. México, CSR – Coordinadora Socialista Revolucionaria

  77. México, Frente Amplio de Lucha Popular - Oaxaca

  78. México, Jóvenes ante la Emergencia Nacional

  79. México, Juntas Defensivas Universitarias

  80. México, La Vía Campesina México

  81. México, Maderas del Pueblo del Sureste, AC

  82. México, Movimiento Ciudadano en Defensa de la Loma-Michoacán

  83. México, Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria

  84. México, Movimiento de Solidaridad Nuestra América

  85. México, Movimiento mexicano de Solidaridad con Cuba

  86. México, Movimiento Oaxaqueño de Solidaridad con Cuba

  87. México, Mujeres para el Diálogo

  88. México, NCT – Nueva Central de Trabajadores

  89. México, Nueva Constituyente Ciudadana Popular

  90. México, Organización de la Resistencia Civil Luy y Fuerza del Pueblo, Adherentes a la Sexta- Chiapas

  91. México, Organización Nacional del Poder Popular

  92. México, Partido Popular Socialista de México

  93. México, Sección XXII Oaxaca-Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación

  94. México, Servicio Internacional Cristiano de Solidaridad con América Latina “Oscar Arnulfo Romero”

  95. México, Sindicato Independiente de Trabajadores Ambulantes y Establecidos de Durango

  96. México, SME – Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas

  97. México, UNORCA – Unión Nacional de Organizaciones Regionales Campesinas Autónomas

  98. México, UPREZ – Unión Popular Revolucionaria Emiliano Zapata

  99. Panamá, Partido del Pueblo de Panamá

  100. Paraguay, OCN – Organización Campesina del Norte

  101. Paraguay, OLT – Organización de Lucha por la Tierra

  102. Perú, Acción Política Socialista

  103. Perú, Capítulo Perú Alba Movimientos

  104. Perú, Juventud Comunista Patria Roja

  105. Perú, La Junta

  106. Perú, Movimiento Comunitario Alfa y Omega

  107. Perú, Mundo Verde

  108. Perú, Norte Progresista

  109. Perú, Todas Somos Micaelas

  110. Puerto Rico, Brigada Juan Rius Rivera

  111. Puerto Rico, Comité de Solidaridad con Cuba

  112. Puerto Rico, Comuna Caribe

  113. Puerto Rico, Frente Socialista de Puerto Rico

  114. Puerto Rico, Jornada: se acabaron las promesas

  115. Venezuela, ABPTAI – Asociación Bolivariana de Productores Textiles y Afines

  116. Venezuela, ACCUMHB – Asociación Civil de Comerciantes Unidos del Mercado Bolivariano la Hoyada

  117. Venezuela, Capítulo Venezuela – Foro Internacional de Víctimas del Conflicto Colombiano.

  118. Venezuela, CIEF – Centro de Investigación y Estudios de Fronteras

  119. Venezuela, Colectivo De Mujeres Afrocolombianas "María Barilla"

  120. Venezuela, Comité Bolivariano Jesús Santrich

  121. Venezuela, Consejo Presidencial de Gobierno Popular para las Comunas

  122. Venezuela, Dra. Maria Páez Victor, board member of the Canadian, Latin American and Caribbean Policy Centre

  123. Venezuela, Ejército Productivo Obrero

  124. Venezuela, FFM – Frente Francisco de Miranda

  125. Venezuela, FPC-UNASUR Espacio Nacional Venezuela

  126. Venezuela, Grupo Talento Petrolero Socialista Revolucionario Bolivariano y Chavista de PDVSA

  127. Venezuela, Izquierda Unida de Venezuela

  128. Venezuela, Juventud Rebelde

  129. Venezuela, Movimiento Feminista Popular Lydda Franco

  130. Venezuela, MUGER – Colectivo Feminista Mujer Género Rebelde

  131. Venezuela, Organización Social SURES

  132. Venezuela, Partido Farc En Venezuela

  133. Venezuela, Plataforma Comunicacional Feminista "La 5ta Ola"

  134. Venezuela, Red de Colectivos La Araña Feminista

  135. Venezuela, Thierry Deronne, cineasta, periodista, de la Escuela Popular y Latinoamericana de Cine, Tv y Teatro, Terra TV

  136. Venezuela - Corriente Revolucionaria Bolívar y Zamora

  137. Venezuela - Movimiento de Pobladoras y Pobladores


  138. Bangladesh, Workers Party of Bangladesh

  139. Malasia, PSM – Parti Sosialis Malaysia (Socialist Party of Malaysia)

  140. Nepal, CP – Nepal Communist Party


  141. Alemania, DKP – Deutsche Kommunistische Partei (Partido Comunista)

  142. Capítulo Suecia, Dinamarca y Noruega – Red Nórdica de Solidaridad con Venezuela

  143. Cataluña, CUP – Comité de Unidad Popular

  144. Eslovenia, Levica (The Left)

  145. España, IU – Izquierda Unida

  146. España, Izquierda Castellana

  147. España, PCE – Partido Comunista de España

  148. España, Red de Sindicalistas Contra la Crisis de España

  149. Finlandia, Partido Comunista de Finlandia

  150. Francia, Partido Comunista de Francia

  151. Galicia, CIG – Confederación Intersindical Galega

  152. Hungría, ATTAC Hungary

  153. Hungría, Hungarian Szocial Forum

  154. Hungría, Karl Marx Society

  155. Hungria, SZAB – Organizers for the Left

  156. Ireland, CP – Communist Party of Ireland

  157. Ireland, Cuba Support Group

  158. Ireland, Nicaragua Solidarity

  159. Italia, Circulo de Italia-Cuba "Granma"

  160. Italia, Partido de la Refundación Comunista, Izquierda Europea

  161. Italia, Potere al Popolo

  162. País Vasco, Askapena

  163. Paisos Catalans, Itaca (Organització Internacionalista dels Països Catalans)

  164. País Vasco, LAB Sindikatua

  165. País Vasco, Partido Sortu

  166. Rusia, Russian United Labour Front

  167. Suecia, Red Venezuela


  168. DFLP/Europe – Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine – Section Europe

  169. Marruecos, DW – Democratic Way

  170. Palestine, RCHRS – Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies

  171. Túnez - Tunisian Workers´ Party

  172. Union of the Palestinian Communities, Institutions and Activities/Europe