The Grand Rapids branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is hosting their second annual May Day picnic on April 30th:
May Day is also known as International Worker’s Day, a holiday honored in several countries as a celebration of the organized labor movement and labor rights. It’s also near the anniversary of the Haymarket Affair, a riot that occurred in Chicago in 1886 that resulted in the conviction and execution of a number of anarchists. This is the second year that the Grand Rapids IWW will be throwing a celebration to honor the significance of this date; last year the event brought out 200 members of the community of all ages and affiliations.
The event will take place SATURDAY APRIL 30th (yeah, we know, not on actual May Day, but the day before!) at MARTIN LUTHER KING JR PARK (by Fuller & Franklin) from 11AM to 8PM, rain or shine.
There will be:
COMMUNITY POTLUCK coordinated by FOOD NOT BOMBS: 12 NOON – 1PM. Bring food to share or just an appetite!
REALLY REALLY FREE MARKET: 2PM – 4PM. Is there something you’d like to get rid of but don’t want to throw away? Bring clothes, household items, or a skill, then pick something up or learn something new for free!
KIDS ACTIVITIES throughout the day being coordinated by Stop Targeting Our Kids (STOK).
JAMS FROM (subject to change):
Vito & the Vegitable Bros.
Bottom Line Band
NorthStarrr / GangGreen
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES FROM LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS:
Black Autonomy Network Community Organization
LGBT Resource Center
The Bloom Collective
Grand Rapids IWW
GR Institute for Information Democracy
Sprout Anarchist Collective
If you make noise and would like to play, or if you are a member of a group that would like to have a table, contact the Grand Rapids IWW at firstname.lastname@example.org (or call 616-881-5263) to get involved.