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MAYDAY

Mayday is day long event this year
Celebrating Working Class Pride
Solidarity Worldwide

May Day
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:

General Strike.

Radical Cheer Leaders

Gene Lawhorn History of May Day

Mary Rose WILPF
Jim Robison MCDCC

Linda Averill FSP

Marcelitte Failla

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  emailfsp@igc.org



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:

Jobs
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.

Health Care
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.
mayday mass? 29.Apr.2004 15:36

mass'er

is there a mayday mass? i will be on bike, seeking like minded rabble.

there's a word missing 29.Apr.2004 20:12

anarchist

one word is glaringly absent from this announcement, considering the history of May Day nationally, internationally, and indeed locally.

May Day 29.Apr.2004 23:22

nomad

Yes...the truly libertarian wellsprings of organized labor--that the people are free to contract the terms of their labor is boundless.

This includes and is not limited to such yet to be achieved practices as what is to be produced and what it's true value and cost is, in terms of a healthy environment and biodiversity, for instance.

The people have yet to overcome class, status, gender, racial, cultural and "national" biases that distract from the sanity that the earth provides for needs, not for greed.

The anarchist sentiment strives for an egalitarian and reasonable life for all sisters and brothers, and is the burning goal in the breasts of laboring people. No bosses. No kings.

Best Wishes for International Workers Day

I just want to let everyone know 30.Apr.2004 06:11

Raven

I just want to let everyone know that Kucinich speaking at the event is in no way the decision of the majority of the people in the planning committee. It happened because the letter carriers sent three people to bring a letter to the meeting saying that if we did not let him speak on his own they would give up their time to let him speak. So we took the issue back and voted on it AGAIN (meaning we had already voted NO on it before) and because so many people showed up just to flood the meeting and get him to speak he was allowed to speak. Honestly I find this kind of behavior disgusting and I think that IF Dennis still shows up knowing FULL WELL that he does not belong then it will show just the kind of person he really is.
Just another anarchist that still believes in May Day,
-Raven

RE: Raven 30.Apr.2004 09:27

Dewey Dagrod

The reason Kucinich is speaking is because the majority voted for it.

He is going to speak about Labor and Organizing and Job out sourcing and Overtime and Healthcare those of us who work think these are important issues

$$ 30.Apr.2004 11:15

???

"Bread and Roses Center 819 N Killingsworth

Greek Dinner at 6:00 pm. $6.00 donation "

How come EVERYTHING radical women and/or the freedom socialist party does comes with a price tag? Don't you guys ever do anything because it's the right thing to do, instead of to make a quick buck?

Please consider the folly of constantly charging admission in a world where even you can so clearly recognize the destructiveness of capitalism.

Yet Again 30.Apr.2004 12:36

Raven

yet again I must tell you that THOSE OF US ON THE COMITEE VOTED IT DOWN and then some loosers came and got us to take it back off and vote AGAIN.
Also as for your comment about "those of us who work" I seem to remember that MOST of the people that were AGAINST A POLITITION speaking DO in fact HAVE JOBS.

Just the thing they want to see 30.Apr.2004 13:48

C. B.

This is just the thing that our enemies love to see is us squabbling over petty little edumb ass things like this. Let Dennis speak. He has just as much right to be down there as we do, and I welcome him.

Huh? 30.Apr.2004 13:56

Den Mark, Vancouver

Kucinich is clearly pro-labor & is one of the few "politicians" to be of mind & position to help the cause within a context "we" can't usually access. He represents a presence for our IDEALS in federal government, NOT our various & divisive labels. After all the good stuff he's done, to dismiss him as a "politician" is to shoot oneself in the proverbial foot. Thank you, letter carriers. I for one do emphatically want Kucinich to speak.

I don't want Kucinich to speak 30.Apr.2004 16:37

news junkie

I will be there as a participant in celebration of May Day. I do not want to hear a politician of the oppressive establishment speak. He is not welcome.

I will turn my back to him as he speaks.

I will shun him and encourage others to do the same.

You fools 30.Apr.2004 22:55

gk

You guys who turn against Kucinich are fools. He's the best presidential candidate to come our way, ever. He is working within the Democrat Party for progressive ideals. Listen to his platform, and you will melt onto your knees. How many of us can work with the Democrats? Not me. They stink, and are no better than the Republicans. But Kucinich's ways could work. They are everything one could dream about. If there is kicking, let it be at Bush & Kerry's butts. Anarchists & progressives, unite! Onward, Kucinich!

One of the stupidest things I've heard 01.May.2004 10:33

Andy

"I do not want to hear a politician of the oppressive establishment speak"

Kucinich is a candidate of the oppressive establishment!?

Learn to think. Idiot.

Kucinich 01.May.2004 10:42

Douglas Lain

Does somebody want to explain to me why this little guy needs support? He's not running to get the nomination anymore, so what is he running for? Influence at the convention? Seems paltry to me.

And John Kerry is a nightmare.

MayDay remembering the haymarket martyrs 01.May.2004 13:20

working class

MayDay is a day that caused several anarchists to lose their lives in the fight for the 8 hr day in Chicago. The people were rallied to hear the men speak and then a government official threw a bomb into a crowd of pigs. The anarchist speakers were charged and hung as a result.

Allowing Kucinich to speak is an insult to the haymarket martyrs and everything they stood for.

Also some important notes on Kucinich:
He voted YES on the Afghanistan war!
He voted YES on the PATRIOT act!
He is anti-choice!
Plus much, much more...
The people who support him seem to be just assigning their own beliefs to him and spreading their self deception and disinformation to others.

RE: Kucinich crap 01.May.2004 13:31

no gods, no masters

("I do not want to hear a politician of the oppressive establishment speak"

Kucinich is a candidate of the oppressive establishment!?

Learn to think. Idiot.)

It appears as though you are the idiot. The "oppressive establishment" is government. Last time I checked Kucinich was running for a governmental office.

(Listen to his platform, and you will melt onto your knees. How many of us can work with the Democrats? Not me. They stink, and are no better than the Republicans. But Kucinich's ways could work. They are everything one could dream about. If there is kicking, let it be at Bush & Kerry's butts. Anarchists & progressives, unite! Onward, Kucinich!)

As an anarchist, I do not wish to melt onto my knees for anyone. I will not worship anyone. Anarchists are not just some extension of the left. Anarchists will not support authoritarian systems. This includes voting for people who might even CLAIM to be really nice.

anarchists and problems with process 01.May.2004 14:40

Dance

Raven said, "yet again I must tell you that THOSE OF US ON THE COMITEE VOTED IT DOWN and then some loosers came and got us to take it back off and vote AGAIN." Sounds like: 1)the group didn't have a solid process, or 2)it didn't adhere to it, or, 3)it did and you didn't like the results. Nothing new there: not having and knowing a clear, functional process has been the downfall of many a progressive objective and seems to be the achilles heel of anarchism. (But take heart: for once the "losers" won!)

And then there's the notion that there was "a committee" that was supposed to make (impose) decisions about the event. I won't object to that, but don't YOU
have a problem with the "hierarchical" nature of that and with complaints that the loser rabble overthrew the "elite's" ruling?

Kucinich: correcting disinfo 01.May.2004 16:19

green voter for Kucinich

Re Kucinich: "Does somebody want to explain to me why this little guy needs support?" -- I don't know if he "needs" support. But he's one of the few politicians in years - running for ANY office - who has actually used the process and spent his time and campaign money to promote progressive, humane ideas, based on compassion and sanity. KUCINICH IS USING THE RESOURCES OF PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS TO INFORM, EDUCATE, AND ORGANIZE PEOPLE ABOUT ANOTHER COUNTRY AND ANOTHER WORLD THAT ARE POSSIBLE. I plan to vote for him because he expresses my concerns so well and I'm grateful for his willingness to continue to speak out.

Dennis Kucinich's attempt to influence the Democratic party IS a paltry endeavor, but that's the state of sanity and decency in American politics and media at this time. "Paltry" is today's "best opportunity" in electoral politics! (If you find voting for him to be too paltry, you could help his campaign, and/or that of a candidate for local office.)

Re DISINFORMATION about Kucinich's record. In fact, he voted AGAINST the USA Patriot Act, according to the ACLU.

Also, Kucinich is pro-choice and has voted that way since taking that position. He has stated that he came to see that legislative opposition to abortion is used by conservatives to undermine women's rights.

btw, when was the last time you heard of a politician who wanted to get within a hundred miles of anything having to do with May Day?

How Dare 02.May.2004 18:37

Den Mark, Vancouver

How dare "working class" call him/herself that. The person is clearly a troll. NObody of the informed working class would spread lies, like "working class" did/does. That poster has no class at all, "working" or otherwise. Disgusting. Read about Kucinich at < http://www.kucinich.us>. He is & has long been what democrats should be, but aren't. This is a critical couple weeks. Spread the word, the genuine word! Oregon can & should send a shock wave thru the national democrat structure. VOTE FOR KUCINICH!

Correction 02.May.2004 20:22

Den Mark

I don't know why the > came out in blue in my link above, but here is the link again:

 http://www.kucinich.us