Ever since May 1st was first decreed the International Day of Working Class Solidarity in 1886, peace, and opposition to wars of aggression, have always been central themes of May Day marches and celebrations. This is because working people suffer most from the vast expenditures of public resources squandered on militarism and war – funds taken away from social spending on healthcare, education, housing, the environment and other important programs and services – and also because working people invariably bear the brunt of the tragedy of death, displacement and suffering when wars actually occur.
For this reason, the Canadian Peace Congress has always celebrated this important event. This year in particular, as acts of imperialist aggression proliferate around the world, and the threat of global nuclear annihilation grows ever more immediate and ominous, we absolutely must raise our voices for peace, disarmament and social and environmental justice now!
We invite you to read our "Urgent Appeal against the Growing Danger of War" which we issued recently (and attach here), and we also urge all of our local Peace Councils, members and friends to support May Day 2019 activities taking place in dozens of urban centres and smaller communities across Canada over the coming days. Please check with local labour and progressive organizations for details of May Day-related activities in your area. We encourage you to give them your active support and participation!
Against Imperialist Aggression & War!
For Peace, Disarmament and Social Justice!
Long Live May Day!!