From Earth Day to May Day

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Call to action: 10 days of action for climate, jobs and justice

As organizations, we understand that the time to fight for immediate and bold climate action is now, but that the needed economic transition will not take place without strong guarantees for worker rights and good jobs for all.

We call on all those across North America with similar concerns to engage in a series of actions from Earth Day to May Day that demonstrate the interconnection of climate justice and worker justice and the power that we have when we bring these movements together.

We will bring the voices of working people and their organizations to the mobilizations for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day from April 22 to 24 and we will bring the voices of environmental and climate justice activists to the worker and immigrant rights events on May 1.

In the days in between, we will support the organizing of events that address climate change, worker rights and the interrelated issues of runaway corporate power, deteriorating health and safety on the job, environmental racism, forced migration, the targeting of immigrants and the destruction and impoverishment of working class communities.

And we will lift up solutions, like the Green New Deal, which facilitate a rapid transition from a carbon-based economy while guaranteeing all workers jobs with good pay and benefits and full union rights in the new green industries and in the rebuilding of our communities.

We call on unions, worker centers, environmental and environmental justice organizations and broader civil society to endorse this initiative by organizing or participating in actions connecting the future of working people to the fight for climate justice between April 22 and May 1.

The actions can be local, regional or national, big or small, protests or educational events, but all will help galvanize public momentum to push through the changes needed to salvage a livable future for our planet.

A number of labour unions and climate justice organizations in Canada, the United States and Mexico are working together to pull together these 10 days of action. An initial list of endorsers will be circulated in the coming weeks. If your local union, national union, group or organization is interested in endorsing this call to action, please contact us.