The First of May is the anniversary of working class solidarity and theinternational brotherhood of Labor. It is the festival of the proletariat.Millions of workingmen and women will parade the streets of European cities — marching behind the red banner of revolution. The capitalist governments of theworld tremble at the approach of May Day, 1921.For May Day is the day of theProletarian Revolution. May Day is a challenge to the Masters of Bread. May Dayis the day of the oppressed and toiling masses.
DOWN WITH WAR!
This is the main watchword. They will not allow their selves to be driven toslaughter in defense of a capitalist fatherland. They will not give their lives indefense of the interest of their exploiters and oppressors.Down with preparations for war! Not a cent for Imperialistic armies or navies; not a cent for armaments!Down with the oppression of weaker peoples!Down with military occupations! Long live the free-dom of the ColonialPeoples, conquered by the plundering capitalist powers!And above all:As one man the entire International working class will come to the defenseof the ﬁrst Workers’ Republic in the world!Long live the Red Army, which leads in this ﬁght!We do not want to die of poverty and unemployment! We demand work for all, and as long as it cannot be had, we demand compensation equal tonormal union rates of pay for all the unemployed.We will refuse to allow ourselves to be killed through overwork!Long live the maximum eight-hour working day!Down with all lengthening of the working day!Down with all wage cutting! Down with starvation wages!We will not allow the smashing of workers’ organizations! We will defendthe hard fought-for rights of our Unions!