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May Day 2021

Matt Romrell May 6, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT - On May 1, around 50 people gathered in Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake City to celebrate International Workers Day with a barbecue and fundraiser hosted by the local chapter of The Freedom Road Socialist Organization. Members are raising money in conjunction with organizers across the country for the establishment of a FRSO national office.

Between tending the grill and serving up food, member Nick Godfrey took to the microphone for a speech. “Let’s remember the reasons we gather for May Day and celebrate those labor heroes who made this holiday possible. Let’s be sure to celebrate in remembrance of the Haymarket Square martyrs and their struggle which we share today!”

After taking a look at the history of May Day and its beginnings with the labor movement, Godfrey passed the microphone to Utah Against Police Brutality member Adrian Romero who stated, “We still need to fight every day as the capitalist system is creating a crisis right here, right now in Utah. We’ve got to put an end to the housing crisis and camp abatements our unsheltered community are dealing with every day.”

Under the pavilion there were books for sale and May Day themed artwork including posters and t-shirts designed by local FRSO member Derek Ballard. Money donated for the books and art was collected along with some donations for a gift basket raffle which was held as the speeches and barbecue wound down.

“I’m happy we were able to finally do a barbecue and celebrate such an important day for all of us,” said Salt Lake City organizer Jade Arter.[1]

Salt Lake City protests one year of Trump

Salt Lake City, UT - Over 40 people rallied at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, Jan. 20, the one-year anniversary of Trump taking office. Organized by Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Utah Against Police Brutality (UAPB), the rally started with Kate Wilhite leading chants "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!" and "They say go back, we say fight back!"

Anthony Scoma and Shirley Reyes, members of SDS, spoke out against the aggressively racist and hawkish policies of the Trump administration, focusing on U.S. support for Israeli apartheid and the expansion of the border wall.

Sean Taylor, a member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!, continued the theme saying, “The struggle we are here to commemorate is not just the struggle against the Trump administration. The fights for immigrants’ rights and full equality, for an end to racist and political repression, for women’s liberation and reproductive justice, for worker power and class struggle unionism, for free education, for LGBTQ liberation, and for an end to colonial and imperialist occupation are all united in the struggle against the monopoly capitalism and national oppression.”

Jessica Arter from UAPB called on the crowd to get involved in the struggle for accountability and community control of the police by joining in the campaign for a Salt Lake City Civilian Police Accountability Council.[2]

FRSO Presentation: International Women's Day

Freedom Road Socialist Organization Presentation: International Women's Day 210 E 400 S,Salt Lake City Sunday 8 March 2015. Organized by Alyssa Faith.

Those indicating attendance on the Wherevent website included Gabriella Anderson, Samah Safiullah, Alyssa Ferris, Agneta Erlandsson, Elizabeth Rosales, Lex Scott, Megan Davies, Jessica Diane Arter, Elika Fanaeian, Marisol Marquez, Alicia Cervantes, Lorena Christina Chavez, Victoria Sethunya, Muna Omar, Gregory Lucero, Cannon Atkinson, Travis Gray, Chris Manor, Greg Murray, Daniel Chavez, Emurio Pretorius, Ian Decker, Jacob Victor Jensen , Jordan Ruga, Ian De Oliveira, William Ranta, Nick Godfrey.[3]

Students for a Democratic Society First on Campus meeting

201 Presidents Cir, Salt Lake City Tuesday 12 January 2016, Organized by Students for a Democratic Society - Univ. of Utah - Formerly Revolutionary Students Union.

Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Juli Castro, Theresa Nielson, Danya Zituni, Alyssa Faith, Shane Richman, Ian Decker, Sean Taylor, Jerry Evans.[4]

Students for a Democratic Society New Member's Social

201 Presidents Cir, Salt Lake City Tuesday 9 February 2016,

Organized by Students for a Democratic Society - Univ. of Utah - Formerly Revolutionary Students Union.

Students for a Democratic Society is a multiissue, multinational progressive student activist club. We engage in grassroots struggle to improve the lives of students on campus and in the valley. Non UofU Students welcome!

Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included LeAundra Jeffs, Ian Decker, Samuel Grenny, Sean Taylor, DuJuan Mitchell, Kat Fedorova, Theresa Nielson, River Rose Haggerty.[5]

FRSO Presents: May Day

451 S State St, Salt Lake City, Sunday 1 May 2016, 12:00. Organized by Gregory Lucero.

Salt Lake City has seen the people wage a lot of struggles this year. The people of Salt Lake have fought against the racist Donald Trump, war, police brutality, racism, sexism, and for students rights. We celebrate those struggles on May 1st, International Workers Day. We have a lot to celebrate.

We have speakers from the labor, immigrant, anti-war, anti-police brutality, and socialist movements. We also will have live music and informational tables. Join us for May Day not only to celebrate our victories, but learn what you can do to help build the strugge in the future.

This event is hosted by the FRSO and cohosted by Workers World Party, Socialist Alternative, Students for a Democratic Society, Utah Anti-war Committee, Utah Against Police Brutality, and the United Workers Organization.

Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Bianca Paulino, Gabriella Anderson, Alyssa Faith, Doris Chatterton, Sasha Olsen, Jade Arter, Taylor Cowan, Theresa Nielson, Andrea Sofia Canedo, Wendi Guerrero, Amy Jones, Emily Lacock, Juliet Stinson, Joanna Straughn, Danielle Warnick, Carly Kay Haldeman, Jeannette Villalta, Summer Autumn, Dennis Potter, Marco Munoz, Jason Cronin, William VanWagenen, Nick Godfrey, Noah Potts, Travis Gray, Ian Decker, Shane Richman, Connor Richards, Dalek Pretorius, Adrian Romero, Brett Barrett, Ian Cox, Joey Brandin, Eoin O Gallachoir, Stephen Andrew Cox, Jamison Potter, Eric James Allred Porter, Olivier Jimenez, Sam Beutler, Johnny Dean Chucho Warren, Greg Murray, Steven Emerman, Sean Taylor, Ian De Oliveira, Gregory Lucero, Kody Coats, John Pacific, Tino Uvdt, Cannon Atkinson, Adam Koritz.[6]

M-L school

Salt Lake City, UT - members of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack! and Students for a Democratic Society presented the basics of Marxism-Leninism to a group of 30 community members, students, and local organizers on July 9 2016. The presenters focused on the fundamentals of capitalism and socialism, the struggle of oppressed nationalities in the U.S. and abroad, and the need for a communist party of the multinational working class.

The first presentation gave an overview of Marxist-Leninist theory, starting with the emergence of capitalism and the exploitation inherent to it. The speaker, Sean Taylor of SDS at the University of Utah, highlighted the importance of the vanguard in building the revolutionary struggle in the U.S. and in combating U.S. imperialism abroad: “The vanguard has the duty of going among the people. Socialism cannot be instituted from above.”

Theresa Nielson, a member of FRSO and lead organizer of SDS, followed with a presentation on the struggle of oppressed nationalities - the Chicano people of the Southwest - Aztlán and African Americans in the Black Belt of the U.S. - as well as the ongoing fights in the Philippines and Palestine.

Ian Decker, also with FRSO, finished the school with “The Strategy for Revolution,” in which he discussed the practical methods of building a communist party under late capitalism. He specifically outlined the need for a strategic alliance of the multinational working class and the oppressed nationalities.[7]

DACA protest

Over 100 people joined Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) to protest Donald Trump’s repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Sept. 15 2017, at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building downtown.

Shirley Reyes, with SDS, kicked off the rally, denouncing the repeal that puts 800,000 young people at risk of deportation. “We cannot rely on the system; it is up to all of us. We are not only here to defend DACA, but to demand legalization for all.”

Griseille Davila, a DACA recipient and SDS member, gave an impassioned call to unite as a community. Davila called on the crowd to fight for immigrant rights and to defend undocumented immigrants from incarceration and deportation.

Sara Kang, another SDSer, began to cry while addressing the crowd, saying that she was worried for her friends who may face deportation. Kang finished her speech urging those assembled to fight back against the racist attacks from the Trump administration.

Emmaly Anderson, also with SDS, called out the hypocrisy of the University of Utah which has claimed to support undocumented students. Anderson said the U of U refused to meet student demands. She also said the U of U needs to refuse to host the on-campus event for Ben Shapiro, a racist right-wing columnist who has called for completely closing the U.S.-Mexico border.

After the speeches, the crowd moved into the street and marched north to the State Capitol building. Chanting “Liberation not deportation!” and “Sí se puede!” they shut down the usually busy roads in downtown Salt Lake City.

Besides SDS, the Sept. 15 protest drew organizers and activists from the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack! (FRSO), Utah Against Police Brutality (UAPB), and People’s Power Assembly as well as community members and students from the University of Utah.[8]