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All out for May Day! Gainesville, FL April 28-May 1
Many Americans are not aware that this tradition of May Day as a �workers'
holiday� began here in the United States as part of the struggle for the
8-hour work day in the 1880's. We are working to put Gainesville back on the
map as one of the many communities around the United States that is
participating in the ongoing revival of this tradition. (Some of y'all may
recall the fantastic May Day 2000 march and rally on the Plaza, and last
year's Woody Guthrie songfest, also on the Plaza.)
In that spirit we�ve pulled together a number of Gainesville-area
progressive organizations, unions, and grassroots groups to join in
gathering creative energy for this spectacular holiday.
We plan to celebrate in solidarity with the immigrants' rights movement,
which chose May Day 2006 as a day for a general strike by immigrant workers
and students, and is planning further demonstrations around the country this
We will also be celebrating May Day in the spirit of the ancient tradition
of the rites of spring, so flowers, costumes, garlands, dancing, face paint
for kids and related fun, nature-oriented visuals and activities will be
Come join us to make this a truly community-wide celebration.
Schedule of events for May Day Celebrations:
4/28 � Critical Mass May Day Ride, 5 pm, Plaza of the Americas, University
of Florida Campus
4/29 � Sign and Banner Making, 12-4 pm, Plaza of the Americas, University of
4/29 � Lars Din Song Riot CD release and May Day show, with The Ones to
Blame, The Deep and Holy Sea, and more! Including the Capitalist Pig pi�ata,
May Day cake, and radical cheerleading! 10 pm, Common Grounds, 210 SW 2nd
4/30 � Whistle While You Work: Worker Inequities and the Real Labor Day,
services at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, 11am, 4225
NW 34th St
4/30 � May Day Mural Painting, 2 pm, 34th Street Wall
5/1 � Meet up for walk to May Day, 5 pm,13th and University Ave
5/1 � Downtown May Day Picnic, Rally, and Celebration, 6-10 pm, Gainesville
Downtown Community Plaza
Downtown event, co-sponsored by the Gainesville IWW, Alachua County Labor
Party, North Florida Central Labor Council, and Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship of Gainesville includes:
� Speakers from the North Florida Central Labor Council, the Labor Party,
South Florida United Queers and Trannies, the International Workers of the
World, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, Progressive
Democrats of Florida, Florida Radical Anarchist Network, Bridges Across
Borders, and Students for a Democratic Society.
� Music from Cara Del Gato (two guys on a mission), Lars Din Song Riot
(folky with some tenacious hope for the future), Gainesville Liberation
Orchestra (everybody loves this cacophony of folkness), and Scum of the
Earch (good ole Gainesville Hip Hop)
� Performances by Bishop Bishops Cure for What Ale�s You and the May Day
Gainesville Radical Cheerleaders
Hope to see you here!
The May Day Gainesville Organizing Committee
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