Action May

To build a progressive Europe, European May organized transeuropean creative, disruptive, non-violent actions online and offline in cities across Europe in May, 2019. To this end, activists build a dense network which aims to connect activists, social movements, unions, communities and NGOs across the European continent. On this page, you can find the 5 action days that took place in the first week of May 2019. 

May 1 - International Labour Day

On the 1st of May 2019 European May joined the people who take the fight for social and workers’ rights to the streets. As European May we solidarise with the 45 million members of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and workers around the world. Together we stand united in our struggles to improve the well being of all working people and families.

May 4 - Free Movement Day

On May 4th, European May activists called for the establishment of free movement as a human right. Activists and citizens will do this through a series of coordinated events and actions all across Europe at symbolically important locations. Political borders create unnecessary humiliation, suffering, and death for migrants. If we want to stop this suffering, we need to act now.

May 5 - Reclaim Civic Space

On the 5th of May, European May wanted to highlight the always more shrinking civic space all over Europe. Therefore, European May activists showed exemplary how European governments are systematically taking on our liberties and reclaim civic spaces for us.

May 8 - Red Lines

On May 8th, international day for remembering the victory over fascist Germany, European May organised an extensive performative action and campaign whereby citizens are showing the red line they draw in opposition to new forms of right-wing politics and neo-fascism in Europe. It invited to draw red lines physically in public space, leaving public marks, or symbolically by wearing a red cloth or scarf during the timed performative action.

May 9- Shake the Summit

On May 9th 2019, EU leaders drawed the lines of the “Future of Europe” during a summit in Sibiu. Despite ever more urgent calls for constitutional assemblies, our leaders have failed to involve the people of Europe in this process. Treating Europe as an elite issue, however, will not solve the current crisis of integration.  European May used “Europe Day” 2019 as a chance to show that European civil society is ready by organising Alternative summits with people who otherwise won’t be heard. Let’s show them that Alternative assemblies are already a reality!

Let’s reclaim the agenda!

Action May in Portugal - Maio de ação

Learn more about the actions that are organised by the local group in Portugal!

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