May 20, 2024

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Comrades and fellow workers,

On this International Workers’ Day, let us remember and honor the historic milestones that have shaped our movement and the ongoing struggles of the global proletariat.

Today marks the 135th anniversary of the founding of the Second International in 1889 and the establishment of May 1 as International Workers’ Day. It was a momentous occasion when workers from different nations came together to demand better working conditions, fair wages, and an end to exploitation. This legacy of international solidarity continues to inspire us in our fight against capitalist oppression.

At the same time, we also remember the tragic Haymarket Massacre of 1886, when workers advocating for an eight-hour workday were brutally attacked by the forces of capital. The sacrifice of the Haymarket Martyrs reminds us of the lengths to which the ruling class will go to suppress our demands for justice and equality.

Yesterday, April 30, marked the 49th anniversary of the victory of the Vietnamese Revolution and the reunification of Vietnam in 1975. The triumph of the Vietnamese people over imperialism serves as a beacon of hope for all those fighting for liberation and socialist revolution worldwide.

As members of the Communist Workers’ Platform USA, we reaffirm our solidarity with the working people of all nations in their struggle against imperialism and for socialism-communism. We stand, shoulder to shoulder, with the people of Palestine and the revolutionary workers of Israel in their brave resistance against the Israeli state’s campaign of genocide and occupation.

We stand with the youth and student movements, now rising in the US against the university system and its support of the Zionist bourgeoisie. The struggle of today’s youth against imperialist war goes hand-in-hand with the working-class struggle for socialist revolution.

Further, we stand with the working and oppressed peoples of Ukraine and Russia, of Sudan and the Congo, and countless others who are fighting to end the wars that ravage their lands. Our commitment to internationalism demands that we support all those who resist imperialism and capitalist exploitation.

On this International Workers’ Day, let us recommit ourselves to the revolutionary struggle for a world free from oppression and exploitation. The future belongs to the working class, and together, we shall build a society based on solidarity, equality, and justice for all.

Long live International Workers’ Day!