May Day in Memphis


The Memphis Socialist Party held a rally and march on May Day in recognition of International Workers’ Day. Specifically, the MSP wanted to draw attention to problems with a newly opened Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid. These problems included a company history of racist hiring and promotion practices, not paying employees a living wage, and making a deal with the City of Memphis to pay greatly reduced property taxes.

The MSP was joined by other local groups and individuals from a variety of causes in solidarity with the workers of Memphis. These included the Memphis Bus Riders Union protesting for transit justice, Memphis United working for a stronger Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board, and individuals protesting in remembrance of victims of police brutality, #BlackLivesMatter, calls for body cameras on all cops, $15 minimum wage and a union, demilitarizing police, justice for the homeless, and reproductive rights for working mothers, among others.

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