May Day 2015 NYC
The Internationalist Group, CUNY Internationalist Clubs and Class Struggle Education workers had a very loud, disciplined and powerful contingent of 50 people in the May Day march in New York City. Leading the contingent was a group with red flags with the hammer, sickle and 4 of the Fourth International. Then came an impressive new banner made by the Hunter Internationalist Club, proclaiming: "Ayotzinapa-Ferguson-NYC, Smash the Racist Capitalist State, Workers to Power."

Signs emphasized the call to Defend Black Baltimore following the occupation of the city by the National Guard to squelch the upheaval over the police murder of Freddie Gray, and to free Mumia Abu-Jamal, who faces execution in prison by deliberate medical neglect. Also highlighted was the call for workers action against police terror, noting the historic action by ILWU Local 10 that shut down the port of Oakland on May Day and marched on City Hall calling to stop police terror. We ended in Foley Square in formation, chanting the number of students kidnapped and murdered by police in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, and finishing with the call for "¡Revolución! Revolution!"

The march capped a month of intense work by the CUNY Internationalist Clubs, including a successful April 28 forum on "State and Revolution 2015," attended by over 50 students and others. Working groups of club members made presentations placing the present crescendo of racist police terror in the context of COINTELPRO, the war on the Black Panther Party, the state's relentless effort to silence the "voice of the voiceless," Mumia Abu-Jamal, and the whole history of mass incarceration. Together they underlined the vital importance of Lenin's work, written on the eve of the October Revolution of 1917, for struggle today.

A statement by the Internationalist Group, "Defend Black Baltimore, Cops and Troops Out!", was distributed at the march.
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