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Fri Apr 30 2021 (Updated 05/06/21)
May Day Marches Return to the Bay Area
International Workers' Day 2021 Filled with Marches, Rallies, and Direct Actions
May 1 was chosen as International Workers' Day in 1889 to commemorate the Chicago Haymarket Affair of May 4, 1886, as an annual reinvigoration of the fight for workplace improvements such as the eight-hour work day.

This year, beginning to emerge from a deadly year-long pandemic, actions marking May Day across Northern California demanded worker rights, housing for all, and racial justice, expressing solidarity with the Chilean general strike. Marches and rallies were held in San Francisco, Oakland, San José, and Fresno. In Oakland, a vacant house was reclaimed to highlight real estate speculator greed and a nighttime march which called for abolishing the police was met with a large and aggressive police presence. In Alameda, protesters rallied outside the homes of those who called police on Mario Gonzalez, leading to his death in April. A "Love Over Hate Unity march and rally" was held in Mountain View. Online events examined the history of May Day, celebrated social justice struggles, and looked back at America's imperialist war in Vietnam.

If you attended a May Day action, publish your photos, video, and reports on Indybay.

San Francisco: photo Call to Support Organized Labor, Free Mumia and Stand Up for Black/Brown/Asian Unity | photo The ILWU, Chilean Workers and International Solidarity | photo Angela Y. Davis and the ILWU lead San Francisco May Day March | photo Thousands March & Angela Davis Speaks | photo Many Unions Join in SF May Day March and Rally | photo ILWU Backs Chilean Dockers In San Francisco! Solidarity Has No Borders | photo Angela Davis in May Day Visit to ILWU Union Hall | event May Day Parade & Rally for Workers’ Rights & Racial Justice (10am) | event Social and Economic Justice Film Festival (1pm)

Fresno: photo Action in Fresno for International Workers' Day

Alameda: photo White Solidarity Activists Take Over the Block of Racist Cop Callers

Oakland: photo Partisan Attack on SMC, Call to Action | event Mayday 2021 March & Rally (2:30pm) | event Bike and Car Caravan (3pm) | event Housing Direct Action (TBD) | event Abolish The Police (8pm)

San José: event May Day 2021 (2:30pm)

Mountain View: event Love Over Hate Unity March and Rally (1pm)

Santa Cruz: | event Lyrical I and the Uprising Free Concert (12pm) event Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival May Day Program (2pm)

Worldwide: event May Day Rally: From global pandemic to global class struggle

Online: event Mayday! Anarchism, Autonomy, And Artwork | event Celebrating the Struggles of the Past | event Strike Debt Bay Area Book Group: The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age | event 46 Years After the End of the Vietnam War: A Conversation About Empathy & Healing

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