Radical May 1 On Offer This Year - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Radical May 1 On Offer This Year

Published April 29, 2016

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Ole Sandberg

Numerous activist and radical groups are uniting for a special May 1 march and gathering, all open to the general public.

May 1 in Iceland, like in many countries around the world, is recognised as an international holiday for workers. Traditionally, this means a solemn march by the country’s trade unions through downtown Reykjavík, which converges upon an outdoor rally with speakers. However, May 1 is not just of interest to trade unions.

The Icelandic branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW – Ísland) will also be marching on May 1, as they have since 2014, but other radical and activist groups will be joining them as well. These include No Borders Iceland, Non-Binary Iceland, the Radical Summer College, Trans Iceland, Attac á Íslandi and more. All these groups will be marching together under the banner of the Radical and Intersectional International Worker’s Day.

The general public is welcome to join these groups at Hlemmur at 13:00 this Sunday. From there, they will march down Laugarvegur at the rear of the more traditional procession, converging upon Lækjartorg for coffee, where special guests will be speaking. At the conclusion of the speeches, people are welcome to come to Multí Kultí, located at Barónstígur 3, where there will be waffles, music and general socialising at 15:30.

“We fight not only for better wages and working conditions, we fight for the liberation of all of humanity and to put an end to the ecological destruction of our planet by capitalism,” a statement for the event reads. “We fight for diversity, equality and justice, no matter what country you were born in, no matter your gender, no matter your sexuality! No one can represent us but ourselves, we fight for an end to bosses and politicians dominating us and making our lives miserable! We fight within ourselves to put an end to the rape culture and the racism that surrounds us!”

The Radical and Intersectional International Worker’s Day events are all free of charge and open to the general public.

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