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(en) Australia, Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group (MACG) May Day Leaflet

Date Sun, 05 Jun 2005 09:47:34 +0300

Dear Comrades, Please find appende a leaflet handed out by the Melbourne
Anarchist Communist Group at the May Day rally in Melbourne. While
different politicial tendencies have their own events organised for May
Day, the whole labour movement, in principle, comes together for the rally.
In Solidarity, --- Ablokeimet for MACG.
The anarchist origins of May Day
On 1st May 1886 a strike involving 400,000 workers began in
Chicago, in support of an 8 hour working day. At a workers rally
soon after, a bomb was thrown at police and four Anarchist trade
union organisers were framed for the crime and hanged on flimsy
evidence; another spent 6 years in prison. In memory of their
sacrifice May Day became an international workers day. The state
had attempted to do away with the anarchist idea but today
anarchism inspires a new wave of struggle against global

May Day in Melbourne

On 1st May 1886, Australia's first anarchist organisation was
formed - The Melbourne Anarchist Club. From 1887 to 1889 it
was only anarchists from the Melbourne Anarchist Club who
remembered and celebrated May Day. After 1928 May Day became
generally popular but anarchist Chummy Fleming still took pride of
place in the May Day march, waving his anarchist flag
triumphantly. He would start marching 30 minutes before the
official time, proceeding so slowly that the rest of the procession
gradually caught up with him.

May Day: A day of strength and solidarity

One hundred and twenty years after the first May Day in Chicago,
where are we? We march through cities and towns bearing union
and other banners but it?s just about the only day of the year we can
get the union bureaucrats out of head office. Then we listen to
hypocritical speeches by these equally hypocritical bureaucrats.
Once, however, May Day was a day when workers all over the
world displayed their strength, proclaimed their ideals and
celebrated their successes.

We can do it again!

We need independent working class politics, not collaboration with
government, bosses and union bureaucrats. We need real solidarity
with fellow workers in struggle, not a blinkered sectional outlook.
We need shorter working hours, without loss of pay, to create work
for the unemployed. We need revolutionary politics to lead us
towards a genuine socialism where freedom is shared and
democracy is real - not the present charade where we can choose
our rulers but not their policies. We need a real democracy where
everyone affected by a decision can have their say in it, a democracy
of efficiently co-ordinated workplace and community councils. We
need a society where production is for satisfying needs, not for
making profits for a privileged few.

That?s Anarchism.

Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group
For a copy of our Aims & Principles, write to:
PO Box 2120 Lygon St North
East Brunswick 3057 1 May 2005

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