Carpenters Local 247 has recently sent out a letter announcing that the local and Jobs With Justice will organize this year's May Day Parade. The first organizing meeting witll be 7 p.m. Friday at Carpenters Hall, 2205 N. Lombard.
While it's great that organized labor has finally decided to get on board with May Day, it is extremely important that the May Day Coalition remain diverse, radical and inclusive.
In the past, the May Day Coalition has operated on a consensus basis. This must continue.
In the past, the coalition has refused to ask for police permission in the form of applying for a parade permit. This must continue.
In the past, May Day has been a broad-based coalition, consisting of labor, environmentalists, anarchists, pagans, students, etc. This must continue.
By all means, let's welcome the Carpenters into the coalition. But let's also be cautious in maintaining the recent history of Portland May Day parades being radical, consensus-based, inclusive and non-permitted.
The letter sent out by the Carpenters does not seem to endorse these ideas, but they deserve a chance. Solidarity forever!