Bums me out that they didn’t make the climate march on Mayday. Here’s why they should have done so.
1) It would involve a de facto general strike. As Nelson Lichtenstein recently observed, all significant protests until the antiwar protest of the 1960s were held on weekdays to insure that there would be at least a partial work stoppage. That meant that the elites who call the shots (i.e. capital) would be spoken to in the language of diminished profits which is the only one they can understand. The coalition behind the climate march didn’t understand that fact. Or they have deliberately ignored it.
2) It would also establish a connection between, on the one hand, climate activism, which, as Naomi Klein argues in This Changes Everything, is fundamentally anticapitalist, and the long and frankly bloody history of labor’s inherent and irreconcilable relationship to capitalist exploitation on the other. That’s what Mayday is understood to mean to this day, although this is buried deep within the collective unconscious.
It’s a shame that this opportunity to establish the connection was missed, yet again.
Update: In a KPFK interview, organizer Jane McElevey also asks “why the climate change march wasn’t held on Mayday?” The answer to that question may tell us a lot about why the left remains so profoundly dysfunction-at least, that’s what I’d suggest.