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IWW hosts Annual May Day event this Saturday in Grand Rapids

April 26, 2011

The Grand Rapids branch of the IWW is hosting its second annual May Day celebration. Like last year, the event will be held at Martin Luther King Park on Fuller SE, just off of Franklin.

May Day is an international worker’s holiday and an opportunity for the community to come together to obtain resources and enjoy local entertainment. Last year the celebration brought out 200 members of the community of all ages and affiliations.

In a Media Release sent out by the IWW they state:

“May 1st marks the 125th anniversary of International Workers Day. The origins of International Workers’ Day go back to 1886, when hundreds of thousands of workers across the United States went on strike. In Grand Rapids, 7,000 furniture workers of the Knights of Labor left their workplaces for an impromptu march. Workers demanded that their 10- and 12-hour work days be shortened to an 8-hour day with no reduction in pay. Over the next few years, thousands of workers won the 8-hour workday that many of us still enjoy today.

MayDay 2011 will be an attempt to revive that most effective weapon, the General Strike, in the 21st century class war being waged. A national network of labor unions and advocacy groups are planning actions across the country ( under the banner “Legalization and Jobs for All.”

Like last year there will be children’s activities organized by the group Stop Targeting Our Kids (STOK), information tables by a variety of local organizations and a Really, Really Free Market to 2 – 4pm. The Really, Really Free Market is an opportunity for people to give away things they no longer need and get items they can use.

At 1pm there will be a community potluck where people are encouraged to bring some food to share, but the group Food Not Bombs will also provide food as well.

Live musical acts will be performing throughout the day, with the follows acts already committed to playing:


Capoeira Mandinga

Vito & the Vegitable Bros.

Radiator Hospital

Eric Glatz

Winter Break

Royal Space

Xtra Vomit



Focus Ferocious

Bottom Line Band

NorthStarrr / GangGreen

DJ Iceman


The event is this Saturday, April 30th from 11am – 8pm and everyone from the community is invited to celebrate workers and workers struggles in Grand Rapids and around the world.

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