May Day "The Real Labor Day" a Cookout and Celebration

Published Robbie - Wed, 04/20/2011 - 12:29am

North Central Florida Central Labor Council, Gainesville Industrial Workers of the World, Alachua County Labor Party, and Gainesville International Socialist Organization host May Day "The Real Labor Day" a Cookout and Celebration at the Civic Media Center on Sunday, May 1st from 2:00pm to 7:00pm.

The Federation of Organized Trade and Labour Unions in 1884 proclaimed that "eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labor from and after May 1, 1886." In response to this on May 1st, 1886, in the United States, 300,000 workers walked off their jobs from 13,000 businesses to demand the 8 hour workday. Most of the world's workers celebrate May 1st as May Day or International Workers Day in remembrance of this. However, the United States government chose an arbitrary date in September to celebrate Labor Day in order to distance workers from the holiday's significance. (http://www.iww.org/en/projects/mayday/origins.shtml)

The Cookout and Celebration is our way of honoring the struggles of workers and providing a means for Gainesville's workers and their families to celebrate together. The cookout will be free and offer a wide variety of foods and beverages, with options for meat eaters and vegans alike.

Labor songs will be played throughout the day and there will also be live performances by Lars Din and other well known Gainesville musicians. A wide variety of groups and unions will be present and will be giving three minute speeches about their organizations. Also, a slide show of pictures from various demonstrations, protests, strikes, and events organized by the groups present will be shown on a continuous loop throughout the day. There will also be plenty of kid friendly activities.

Cost: 
Free, donations appreciated
When:
Sun, 05/01/2011 - 4:00pm
Cost: 
Free, donations appreciated