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"May Day is People's Day "

  rec 4-25-05 

1) Speech Version Mp3

  May Day is the People’s Day.  © Mumia Abu-Jamal 2005

      As the Iraq war continues to lurch from disaster to
     disaster, from scandal to scandal, and from puppet to
     puppet, people are beginning to see the futility of
     this mad scheme to remake other nations in our image.
       As more and more people from more and more social
     strata see the futility of this imperial grab for
     lands and oil, it becomes clearer and clearer that
     people must join together and resist.

      May Day 2005 presents a perfect opportunity for us
     to do so. It is a time chosen by American Workers
     over a century ago to mark the triumph of an eight
     hour work day with a full day's pay.  The setting
     aside of May Day as International Workers Day
     reflected a real social gain of the workers' movement
     and the realization that the working class exists in
     all nations, and that the world was our home.

      It is precisely that sense of internationalism that
     is needed now, to reclaim that high water mark of
     social activism and to turn away young folks from the
     mindless struggle for empire.  As capital is
     globalized under the WTO and the IMF, the poor and
     working people, the majority of the people of this
     earth must be globalized in internationalism, and in
     defense of the many not the few.  What is necessary
     for this to prevail is the realization that this mad
     war in Iraq is in reality, a war against the future
     generation here.  A war against education.  A war
     against decent health care.  A war against decent
     housing.  And a war against good jobs which pay
     living wages.

      The bombs may burst and the mortars may fire over
     there but the human wreckage, the social
     dislocation,  the destruction of communities and the
     dessimation of civil and constitutional rights is
     happening right here, in the heart of the empire. It
     is therefore imperative that we join together, across
     our perceived boundries, against the empire of
     eternal war.  It is in our own self-interest to do
     so.  Millions upon millions of people took to the
     streets in a valiant and historic attempt to stop
     this mad cap dash to war.  They were right then,
     they are right now.  It is time to come back
     together. To fight against the war against life.  We
     can do it and we must do it.  To change the course of
     this imperial messianic militarism.  Let us give a
     new birth to the meaning of May Day as a day of wide
     and deep solidarity against the empire.  Those who
     will follow us will one day look back to us and ask
     “What did they do when the Empire went mad?  We must
     be able to say we did everything in our power.  We
     organized ourselves, we worked together, we stood
     against the madness of empire.  This is what we must
     say. And that is what we must do to insure a liveable
     future for later generations. When we fight against
     this mad empiral enterprise, we fight for ourselves,
     our real selves, as workers, as builders, as fathers
     as mothers, as brothers, as sisters, as the human
     family.  Let’s unite and fight against empire for May
     Day and everyday. I thank you.  Ona Move! Long live
     John Africa! From death row, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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