Action Alerts for May Day - Support Workers!

The Workmen's Circle on May Day, otherwise known as International Workers' Day, in New York City, 1934. Join us for May Day 2020!

 

Live May Day Events
 
May Day Livestream
Friday, May 1, 10am - 10pm
This jam-packed, twelve-hour May Day livestream will feature discussions from union leaders across industries, musical performances, and virtual rallies! A full schedule and access to the live stream can be found HERE. Some highlights include:
 
  • 12pm: From Social Distance to Social Safety, hosted by Community and Labor United. A session on what a platform for a progressive response to COVID-19 looks like. What does a just recovery and social safety mean for workers? Massachusetts movement and union joint demands for a just and sustainable future.
  • 2pm: People's Bailout May Day Action to Unite Us All. We are coming together to make some noise and tell our stories, in solidarity with one another, and to unite our individual fights into a shared struggle.
 
 
Workers Circle May Day Rally
Friday, May 1, 12pm on Zoom
Traditionally, the Workers Circle joins thousands of workers on the streets of New York each year (like in the above photo) to march for immigrant and worker rights. This year they're continuing that tradition over Zoom.
 
The event will feature essential workers including a nurse from Lenox Hill Hospital represented by the New York Professional Nurses Union, a caregiver from the Workmen’s Circle MultiCare Center represented by 1199-SEIU, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and spoken word from The Peace Poets. Artist Ruth Sergel and Youth Stand Up for Justice will unveil art they have created to unlock our imagination and amass our strength to advance workers’ rights in this perilous moment. Click here to register.
 
 
May Day Car Protest to Support Essential Workers
Friday, May 1, 3pm @ USPS at Summer St. and Dorchester Ave
We'll keep our physical distance in our cars but come ready to rally in support of the #frontlineheroes who are working essential jobs every day. Demand they get necessary protective equipment and hazard pay! Make signs to display in your car windows! Details here.
 
 
Boston Workers Circle Yiddish May Day Shabes
Friday, May 1, 7pm on Zoom
This won't be exactly like the past Shabosim. It will be completely in Yiddish and be a way to celebrate May Day and Shabes, and to gather online af yidish. Don't forget that pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Register here.
 
 
Yiddish Worker Songs from our Remarkable Yerushe (Legacy)
Sunday, May 3, 2pm on Facebook
The Workers Circle is streaming a special worker-themed concert live on their Facebook page. It will bring together Yiddish singers and klezmer musicians from around the world, including: Daniel Kahn (Germany); Theresa Tova (Canada); Svetlana Kundish and Patrick Farrell (Germany); Timur Fishel (Estonia), Psoy Korolenko (New Jersey), Cindy Paley (California), and Sarah Gordon (Brooklyn). The sing-along is designed for both English and Yiddish speakers. Learn more.
 
Respect the Picket Line
Workers from Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart, Target, Walmart, Shipt, FedEx and more are planning a May Day strike to demand better protection, hazard pay, paid sick time, and more. Support these essential workers by boycotting Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart, Target, Walmart, Shipt and FedEx on Friday, May 1.
 
And, join the Jewish Labor Committee at 2pm EST to call on our legislators and on the companies themselves to listen to their employees. Join with this zoom link or use the call in information below. We will be learning more about the May Day actions and then will each make 18 calls to make a difference! Can't make our call-in time? Use this script to make calls on your own and to let us know how it goes. Have questions? Reach out to JLC's community organizer, Emma Rose Borzekowski at emma@jewishlabor.org.
 
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Online Action Alerts
 
Support laid off hospitality and food service workers. Hospitality workers are being hit incredibly hard by the Covid-19 crisis. As business pauses in sports and event venues, airports, hotels, universities, and convention centers, working families are facing layoffs and uncertainty. You can help by making a donation today with Boston's Local 26 UNITE HERE! Fund. Also, check out UNITE HERE's overall response to COVID-19, including national petitions/letter writing campaigns for putting workers first in hotel and airline industry bailouts.
 
 
Workers at Thrive Support & Advocacy are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting their own health and their families' health at risk to care for the clients they serve. A majority of direct care workers across all four Thrive residential homes have joined together in signing cards expressing their support to form a union. Sign SEIU Local 509's petition to tell Thrive CEO Sean Rose: It's time to do the right thing.
 
 
We need to bailout airline workers and not the airline industry. Join us in backing the plan being presented in Washington by unions and lawmakers that ensures airline workers at every airline—not executives and shareholder profits—are at the center of the effort to shore up the industry. Sign the petition here.
 
 
Tell grocery stores: Protect workers and customers during Covid-19! Support the petition started by Boston Stop & Shop and Whole Foods workers and customers. Learn more and sign here.
 
 
Join the local letter-writing campaign to decision makers at Northeastern, Brandeis, Simmons, Emerson, Mass Art and Wentworth. We need these universities to step up now. Tell them to pay and provide health care benefits for dining workers. 
 
 
 
Other ways that you're getting involved this May Day? Let us know about it!