Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The following is the announcement of the annual May Day march here in Winnipeg. The Haymarket martyrs mentioned below and pictured to the left were, of course, anarchists, no matter how much the authoritarian left might wish to obscure this fact.

Thu 1 May: Winnipeg May Day: An International Celebration of Resistance

Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: City Hall (510 Main St)
Winnipeg, MB
contact email: winnipegmayday@ gmail.com
**The program begins at 6:00. After a couple short speeches, we will begin the march. We expect to arrive at Old Market Square at about 8:00
*** May Day (May 1), also known as International Workers Day, is an international annual celebration of the gains made by the labour movement and the working class in general. It commemorates the fight for the eight hour day and the workers who fell during the struggle, particularly the Haymarket martyrs who were sentenced to prison and executed for a bomb that even the judge knew they had nothing to do with. In Winnipeg, it is also a commemoration of the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. May Day has long been a focal point for various groups identifying with the political left and is an official holiday in many countries.
This year’s theme is “The world is not for sale!” and “People not Profit!”, to highlight fighting back against neoliberalism and privatization.
We will assemble in the courtyard of City Hall at 6:00 pm, and after a couple quick speeches we will march down Main, to the Union Center, up Smith st, and to Old Market Square . There will be a music from the marching band and a drum group. If you are interested in getting involved with the planning of May Day, we are meeting every Sunday at noon at the Workers Organizing Resource Center (280 Smith st).
Spread the word! Invite your friends!

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