May Day 2020: Atlanta Car Parade & Protest

Every Human is Essential

On May 1, 2020, Metro Atlanta DSA joined with a massive coalition of Atlanta-area unions and activist organizations to put on a car parade and protest against the unacceptable handling of COVID-19 by the Georgia state government.

Protesters’ demands included:

  • State-funded paid sick leave for all essential workers
  • State-funded hazard pay for all essential workers
  • Expanded unemployment benefits
  • Expanded medicaid coverage
  • Expanded food stamp subsidies
  • Moratorium on rent
  • Decarceration of jails and ICE detention facilities

The showing was incredible! Upwards of 100 vehicles participated in the caravan.

DSA members erected a mock guillotine along the parade route and in front of the state capitol building. Their signs read, “WE ARE NOT PAWNS FOR YOUR PROFITS.”

“Cars in the caravan all drove by blasting their horns with their fists raised, as did quite a few people who were not demonstrating,” said DSA member Rachel K, who worked closely with other organizers to make the mock guillotine stunt a reality.

More photos from the car parade and protest:

Atlanta’s 2020 May Day demonstration was organized and sponsored by:

  • Concerned Members Of ATU Local 732
  • United Campus Workers Of Georgia
  • Shift Change Atlanta
  • Southern Workers Assembly
  • National Nurses United
  • Black Alliance For Just Immigration
  • Community Movement Builders
  • Atlanta Industrial Workers Of The World (IWW)
  • Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists Of America
  • Science For The People – Atlanta Chapter
  • Georgia Detention Watch
  • Black Workers For Justice
  • Workers World Party
  • Georgia Peace And Justice Coalition
  • Georgia Workers Alliance
  • Housing Justice League
  • New Orleans Hospitality Workers Alliance

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Never forget — the wealthy elites need us more than we need them. Without our labor, they would have nothing. When we stand together, we are unstoppable.


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