May First/People Link engages in building movements by advancing the strategic use and collective control of technology for local struggles, global transformation, and emancipation without borders. Flowing from that mission, our organization redefines the concept of “Internet Service Provider” in a collective and collaborative way. Like any democratic membership organization, we gather together each year to evaluate the past year’s experiences, plan the coming year’s work and elect a Leadership Committee to apply what we’ve decided. Like a coop, we pay dues, buy equipment and then we all use that equipment as we need to for websites, email, email lists, and just about everything else we do on the Internet. As a movement organization, we participate in (and often lead) campaigns, struggles, coalitions and network of left, progressive and social justice organizations in the U.S., Mexico and Internationally. Learn more about our organization by reading our official documents.
May First/People Link is a member of the Media Action Grassroots Network, the Association for Progressive Communications, the US Social Forum and actively participates in the Left Forum, the Allied Media Conference, the Mexican and International Coop movemets, and other movement coalitions and gatherings. We are committed to building movements for global transformation and emancipation.
May First/People Link is binational, based in the US and Mexico. Our member-elected Leadership Committee is drawn from both countries to allow us to build a strategic vision with an international perspective that matches the potential of movement as we continue to develop communication opportunities that cross borders.
Over 800 May First/People Link members pay dues to support our work. One important benefit of membership is access to our first class web, email and other hosting services, based entirely on free and open source software, hardened to defend against denial of service attacks, and with a track record of fighting corporate and government requests for data.
Nov 11, 2015: The Members Meeting of May First/People Link, which took place this past weekend (Nov. 7, 2015), has set the organization’s priorities for coming year. The priorities were developed by “mesas” (or discussion groups) formed by meeting attendees. The list of priorities, by mesas, follows. Mesas in the United States Mesa on Human Communication Technology and Art 1 - Given the current urgency for data sovereignty in the light of escalating cyber attacks on our movement, dialogue among activists and technologists is pressing.
Aug 27, 2015: Thank you to everyone who contributed to our first appeal. Thanks to your generous support we have received 53 donations and pledges totalling $5,855. This is truly remarkable! Unfortunately, it still does not cover the costs of fighting this attack and so we’re asking everyone who hasn’t donated yet to please do so now using this link: https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/ExpressDonation.aspx?ORGID2=1340… And please post to your social networks our statement: As most of you know, the attack not only resumed last monday, but took on an entirely new dimension.
Aug 21, 2015: May First/People Link has brought all its services back on line and completed work that will strengthen our system against the kind of Denial of Service (DOS) attack we recently confronted. That attack, lasting nearly three weeks, targeted specific member websites (starting with the National Network of Abortion Funds site), the May First website itself, email servers and the Domain Name Service servers that are the central directory of our entire on-line operation.
Jul 31, 2015: May First/People Link has been targeted by a Denial of Service attack that affects all our servers and services. It is the largest attack on us in our history. The attack follows yesterday’s similar but more specific attack on the Fund Abortion Now website and other pro-choice websites. Today’s attack targets our DNS servers, a tactic designed to cripple our entire operation. The attack is undoubtedly politically motivated. Members will probably experience some service impact on your email and website services.
Jun 30, 2015: As part of the recent Social Forum, leaders and activists from a wide array of Mexican movements came together in Tijuana, Mexico to discuss points of unity in their struggles and deepening the relationship between their movements and those in the United States. The final declaration of that historic June 25 gathering is on our site in English and Spanish.
May First/People Link offers two different webmail programs. You will always see the same email regarless of which program you use. Roundcube has a friendly and simple iterface, making it the easier of the two programs to use. Horde, on the other hand, offers more than just email - you can share calendars, to do lists and more with other members of your group. Feel free to try both and decide which one makes sense for you.