Celebrating Working Class Pride
International Workers Day
Themes Health Care, Jobs/Overtime, Right to Organize
08:30 Labor Breakfast, with Congressman and Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich
ILWU Local 8 Hall 2435 N.W. Front Ave.
Breakfast for Union members
Noon Rally North Park Blocks at NW. Park Ave. and W. Burnside St.
Some of the Music, Entertainment and Speakers and Topics:
Radical Cheer Leaders
Gene Lawhorn History of May Day
Mary Rose WILPF
Jim Robison MCDCC
Linda Averill FSP
Jennifer Lavedur* Healthcare
Mitch Besser ORTECH - Right to Organize
Mary Winzig ILWU
Jason Sheckler* UBC and CBLOC - Solidarity
Helen Sherman NAACP
Gary Bills Teamsters
Stacie Wolfe* IWW
Suzanne Scheans* Trades Women Network
Elisha * Sisters in Action for Power
Jeri Sundavold* Environmental Justice Action Group
2:00 pm. March Approximately 2 miles
Dennis Kucinich will speak at one Stop
Dr. Martin Donohue will speak on Healthcare at one stop
Return to North Park Blocks
4:00 Speeches by Political Candidates
North Park Blocks
After March party at the IWW hall at SE 6th and Burnside
6:00 pm. 7th Annual Labor Appreciation Night
Westmoreland Union Manor, 6404 SE. 23rd Ave.
Hosted by NW Oregon Labor Council annual Labor Appreciation and recognition Night featuring a tribute to a veteran of the famous 1934waterfront strike in Portland. Winning the strike was one of the most significant US labor victories and helped forge the CIO and the ILWU
For more information call NW Ore. Labor Council 503-235-9444
7:00 PM. May Day Celebration
Bread and Roses Center 819 N Killingsworth
Greek Dinner at 6:00 pm. $6.00 donation
Linda Averill senior staff writer for Freedom Socialist newspaper will speak on "A Socialist Remedy for the Red White and Blues." An evening of Labor Songs, socializing and international solidarity.
For rides or child care call in advance 503-240-4462 or email@example.com
During the industrial boom of the late 1800's, a movement grew from a spark into a great fire that swept across this nation. That movement was for the Eight Hour Day. It climaxed with the great General Strike on May 1st 1886, in which hundreds of thousands of workers all across this nation turned out.
In 1891 union leaders from throughout Europe met in Paris to form an international association of working people. There they voted to support the 8 Hour Day and to designate May 1st as International Workers Day.
In 1932, unemployed councils were formed around the country. In Chicago alone there were 45 branches with a total membership of 22,000.
We are Marching for:
Work for all wanting work. No accepted level of unemployment without unemployment support benefits
Living wages for all workers
Immigrant rights. If someone works in the United States, they are to be treated and afforded all the employment benefits and rights of citizens.
Workplace and safety conditions should be guarentedd and actively enforced.
It's simple. It is available in every other industrial nation. Universal single-payer healthcare
Right to Organize
Reclaim the ability for workers to call a General Strike. Repeal Taft-Hartley
Protect the Right to organize. Enforce and enhance standards of non-interference from corporations
Celebration of Fertility and Rebirth
Let there be beauty And strength; power and compassion; joy and commitment to life
On May Day, in Portland we march and rally for the above reasons and to celebrate, honor and remember all those who struggled before us to bring us the Eight Hour Day, The Forty Hour Week and Social Security and to maintain them for our children and grand children, with these Family Friendly Events.