Earth Day to May Day coalition formed in Chicago to unite labor, community, and environmental justice organizations during the current public health, economic, and environmental justice crises. Their coalition statement begins,
Thousands of community members were preparing to take to the streets as part of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a mass mobilization to bring together labor, immigration, and environmental justice communities in Chicago. The coronavirus has drastically changed the political landscape in which we operate, and we will not be able to gather in the streets for nine days of action from Earth Day to May Day. However, the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the urgent need for strong community, labor, and environmental justice partnerships. In the coming weeks, we demand immediate, direct economic relief for community members and workers who need it most, rather than bailouts to corporations and shareholders. We now have an unprecedented opportunity to transform our economic system to center workers and end our dependence on fossil fuels through a just transition for our communities.
Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ), a worker center fighting for stable, living-wage jobs in warehouses and distribution centers, was one of the coalition founding organizations. In an effort to lift up the WWJ and the Earth Day to May Day coalition struggle for dignity, and economic, racial, environmental justice WWJ asked me to be their artist in residency to make a seres of graphics for each of the ten days of action from Earth Day to May Day. Here is Day 1.
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Read the full Earth Day to May Day statement here.
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