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By staff |
May 8, 2019
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Angie Nixon spoke to the crowd about the importance of building alliances betwe
Angie Nixon spoke to the crowd about the importance of building alliances between the struggles of Black and working class people. (PETER GIBSON)

Jacksonville, FL – About 35 people gathered on May 1 to celebrate International Workers’ Day in Jacksonville. The rally was held in front of the Duval County Courthouse. Members of several local trade unions were present, including Letter Carriers, Teamsters, SEIU, Teachers, and IATSE. Other local activist groups included the Community Action Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, Progressive Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Network, the Northside Coalition, and the local Democratic Black Caucus.

The rally was united under the theme of building alliances between different groups and organizations. A very special emphasis was placed on uniting the struggles of the entire working class and the struggle of oppressed nations in the U.S., particularly the African American nation in the Black Belt South.

A handful of speakers addressed important topics like the history of May Day and the struggle of working families under Trump. Many of those who attended the rally picked up copies of Fight Back! newspaper, Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) May Day posters, FRSO pamphlets and little red flags from the FRSO table. The new FRSO pamphlet entitled Class Struggle on the Shop Floor: Strategy for a New Generation of Socialists in the United States was especially popular and is available online on the website.

Fernando Figueroa spoke for FRSO, saying, “The time is now to redouble our efforts to build a strategic alliance between the multinational working class and the oppressed nations. Working together we can take on the enemy and get ready to fight for our future through the 2020s and beyond.