Hamilton May Day 2019: Anti-Authoritarian & Anti-Capitalist Reportback

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Report back from anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist march on May Day in so-called Hamilton, Ontario.

Anyone who lives in Hamilton knows that JSquare is truly a temple of precarious jobs. Maybe you’ve put in your hours sweeping yellow skittles off the theatre floor or selling cigar boxes at one of the telemarketing firms; maybe you have a friend who pushed data plans at one of the cell booths or slung Mooseheads at the Honest Lawyer. Whatever your experience of Jackson Square, you can perhaps imagine how satisfying it might be to march with a crew of 40 radicals through the mall, spreading May Day cheer and working class solidarity to all those stuck working on this International Worker’s Day.

This year’s May Day began two months prior with an attempt at coalition organizing. It was a real possibility, but for the presence of a small yet committed group of authoritarian communists (working under different banners of the Revolutionary Communist Party) whose behavior during the meetings rendered the word “solidarity” meaningless. Thus proving once again that there can be no solidarity with those who seek power over us, those who worship the murderous dictators of history, those who follow party lines instead of their own ethics. And so anarchists went our own way, calling for an anti-authoritarian & anti-capitalist march on our own terms. We would gather in Gore Park with the Unions to demonstrate our solidarity, but leave thirty minutes afterwards.

Hamilton IWW 发布于 2019年5月2日周四

At 4pm, we wished the labour march farewell as they marched west on King St. Those who yearned for something more than a slow rolling street march held back, blasting radical hip hop from a stroller and holding a black banner that simply read “Fuck Ford”. We watched with glee as all twenty of the cops who had been surrounding the park followed in the wake of the union march, leaving us unaccompanied. By 4:30 we had more than 40 people gathered and huddled up to discuss our plan. With little fanfare and a booming stereo we set out across the main thoroughfare of Hamilton and directly into the mall.

Security stood dumbfounded as the mall came to life with people cheering, handing out flyers, dancing, and shouting “Happy Mayday” into the stores. We moved quickly and loudly through the mall until we came to the Standard Life Building where we stopped to send a message to the thirteen floors of government offices and telemarketing companies rising around us. A local IWW member spoke about the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce slashing workers rights, the WSIB betraying injured workers, and reminded us that we can never rely on worker compensation systems or employer policies to protect us when we are in vulnerable situations.

“We know that the only meaningful way to force these bastards to respect our existence in this brutal world of work is to talk to each other and confront our bosses. It’s also important to identify our enemies for who they are, and target them in large groups where they feel safe, which includes their homes and offices”


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