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Salvadorans Celebrate International Workers Day,
Call for Resistance to CAFTA and Freeing Detained Union Leaders
(check out pictures at http://www.cispes.org/english/Campaign_Against_CAFTA_FTAA/maydaypics.html)
May Day in Oly an expression of Freedom and Liberty with resistence against war, oppression and dumb rules made by dumber 'residents' high on power. No blood oil to burn - all foot power to reclaim the streets. A day away from our chattel to say for Labour Day in Oly-Ox-Run-Free!
Fight for your right
A diverse group celebrates May Day with a common connection of working class identity
Jered Fisher - email@example.com
May 04, 2004
Union members, presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich and his supporters, anarchists and socialists gathered in the North Park Blocks to march through downtown Portland this Saturday in recognition of May Day, also known as the international workers holiday.
"May Day started out as the struggle for the eight hour day," Mark Downs, an International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 member, said.
The controversial theme of this year's march was the quickly approaching presidential election. Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich spoke at a planned stop in the march.
Some felt Kucinich's presence at the march was not fitting with the history of May Day. "We hate that a presidential candidate is here - we didn't come here for that," said Jane, a PSU student, "We are here because we care and want to show support [for workers rights]."
From my book of poetry (I later integrated poetry into my instrumental musical composition (March3 1994, I still remember when I did it) and put pieces in with my writing - like instead of writing a boring chapter in, say, fiction, just write a poem to move the action on instead and, POOF! Fun-ness!).
Happy belated MAYDAY
After attending the May Day march, I wonder what exactly is going on here? The history of May Day is a dispute between union members and anarchists, but at its heart, May Day is a celebration for the working class. The struggles of class war and the fight for workers rights is the spirit of May Day...and, you know, it seems Portland has lost its spirit.
I wish I had had a pie, honestly.
Here are a few pictures from Dennis Kucinich's May Day appearance in Portland
Here are a few images. This is not intended to be thorough coverage.
Pictures taken during the rally and march earlier today.
Vancouver Canada May 1/04: A sprited group Union Members and Social Justice Activists marched threw the streets of downtown Vancouver to show support for the Labour Movement and currently protesting Hospital Empoyees Union members who have been ordered back to work by the BC Liberal goverment with a across the board pay cut and with the implication that members jobs sent to private companies during this contract period.
While you are marching today, please photograph as many police officers as possible and write down either their name or badge number. We have a copy of the roster from a friend that was done with it, so even partially identified cops can usually be matched to the deck if they are part of it. The following tips are good things to keep in mind at any civil unrest where you take photos.
When nations grow old
the Arts grow cold
And Commerce settles on every tree
Is there a May Day Feeder March?
organizers condemn banning of may day march
first time a march has been banned in independent ireland!
will there be any actual may day celebrations in portland? (not political protests)
What do you think?
The GDC will be doing jail support on May Day!
May Day is a day for celebration. But for what? And why?
Mayday is day long event this year
Whats the word?
12.34pm in Sylevester Park downtown oly
Protecting your assets from those lawyers woh advertise on TV.
Portland IWW Mayday planning committee to provide childcare at our union hall.
The Northwest Film Center presents our third annual Anarchists & Film series opening Saturday May 1, 2004 at 7PM at the Guild Theatre with the 1964 film, PROFILES IN COURAGE inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning book by John F. Kennedy. For more information go to www.nwfilm.org.
we are a homeless liberation group of "Association of Poor people in Nagai park", osaka, jpn. we would love to say our solidarity message to you. and if you can, we would love to get your solidarity message for our May day event!
solidarity messages unite us! thanks.(rebel_JILL)
In the second installment of our three-part series on May Day, Seven Oaks will address the international significance of the workers' holiday.
Attention my fellow Anarchists, anti-capitalists, anti-authoritarians and activists this is a call for a Portland Black Bloc on Mayday at the North Park Blocks. At high noon speakers until 2pm then we take the streets!
Could folks involved in public events for Mayday in Portland start posting more stuff?
I was suprised no one has posted anything to the calendar.
This is about being prepared for the unexpected, not about expecting the worst.
Looking for caring folks...
Attached is a pdf file for the IWW initiated Labor Feeder march on Mayday
A pdf file for the IWW Labor Feeder March & IWW Party Poster
Mayday participation needed
Union meeting for organizing May Day this thursday. Radical voice needs to be heard to counter act the "vote democrat" theme.
this is from thw white house web site
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2003, as Loyalty Day. I call upon all the people of the United States to join in support of this national observance. I also call upon government officials to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on Loyalty Day.
There's only one thing missing from this victory, however, (aside from a whole bunch of people that used to be alive, that is), and that's a theme song. No imperialist act of naked aggression should be without a theme song...we are pretty sure it says that somewhere in the PNAC document...
and then there was...
We need to contact riders with citations, witnesses willing to testify in court, file a complaint about police violence, and consider a class-action lawsuit against the city. We need the names of officers (from the citations) who were involved. Confidentiality is guaranteed; you may participate or be represented to the degree with which you feel comfortable.
May Day Pictures
Not to disagree with any of the criticisms as to how the police attacked the Mass, I would still call it a successful ride!
The May Day march this year was attended by 500-1000 people, and included a Maypole, a stage set up on a rented flatbed truck, speakers, drummers, and Radical Cheerleaders.
portland's mayday 2003 celebrations were a good time but nothing really spectacular. oh, and it wasn't a good time for over half of critical mass, especially the poor fellow bloodied into the pavement by the portland police.
Reading Indymedia was a bad way to start my day.
(a real I witness account)
Can anyone tell me why black-clad cops were tollerated in a permitted march?
does anyone who recieved a citation on the mayday critical mass ride want to get together to discuss our case? My partner and i are interested in talking about the validity of these "violations" that cost $175.
A police car started tailing critical mass as we rode up 11th Avenue towards the library. I had the feeling that he was waiting for us to violate even the smallest bicycling statue. Later I told an indy videographer that I thought we had ran a red light. Well, we certainly ran a few of those on small streets, what cyclist doesn't? However, I don't think we ran a red light after the police cruiser was riding with us. (article 1)
Ok, lets try this again. I screwed the last post up, and please feel free to delete it Indy gurus. Here's the pictures I took today at the rally and parade for May Day.
Who has info on Critical Mass Crackdown?
At least It Went Faster Than The Tumwater Fourth of July Parade
That's right kids. You thought today was a day to march as a celebration of the proletariat? Nope. It's a day to honor our troops! You fools! Didn't you get the memo?
IWW said they'd announce a jail support number on the day of the march.
Call in sick this afternoon!
I've seen conflicting info about the start time for the march today.
May Day gives us focus on our collective purpose. It's appropriate to remember the day with a gift exchange. My gift to my brothers and sisters is information that may help them prevent the election to office of a major union-buster. John Ball, the Chief Financial (Finagling) Officer of Multnomah County, has at least one skeleton in his closet. Let's out the man for what he is, a shark in a silk suit.
sparkle girl blesses tomorrow
Free Full-Size Color Posters at Revolutionary Worker Online rwor.org