May Day is normally the time we gather in person to make collective demands and celebrate the labour movement. From the fight for the eight-hour day to the movement for international solidarity, May Day has a radical history linking demands and action. This year we cannot physically assemble in the same way as before but we can still take up public space.
We are proposing a mass banner drop on Friday May 1st between 12pm-6pm. We would like people to support by hanging a banner out their window, sticking a poster outside their house or even in the park stating their demand for working and living conditions. Please photograph / video your banner drop or message and use the hashtag #maydaydemands when posting on Twitter or Instagram. To keep a record of this action upload your images to https://maydayrooms.org/maydaydemands
The coronavirus pandemic has only made clearer the inequality so rife in modern Britain and the attack on living and working conditions through austerity, the hostile environment and wage suppression. At this time of crisis we must make clear our demands for the conditions everyone is entitled too. From the utopian to the concrete your demands matter now more than ever. Help make this May Day a memorable fight for a better future.
If you need support formulating your demands check out this guide to writing slogans by the Partisan Social Club - How to write a slogan
If you need help creating your banner Billy Bindley has a step by step guide - How to make a banner
Or if you’d rather create a poster Protest Press have shared their technique - How to make a poster