Saturday, May 4 7:30pm,
New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S.,
May Day Celebration "Clara Fraser: The Original Socialist Feminist"
A public celebration of May Day, the international working class holiday, will honor the life and ideas of Clara Fraser, co-founder of the Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women.
The often-controversial Clara Fraser advocated women's liberation, racial justice, workers' rights, and queer equality long before "multi-issue" politics was a common phrase.
Her "school" was real-life organizing, highlights of which included mobilizing a mothers' brigade to walk the picket line with baby strollers during a 1948 strike at
Boeing; collaborating with anti-poverty organizers, mostly Black women, to win abortion rights statewide; supporting Asian American demands for low-income housing and Chicano and Native American occupations of government land and buildings. Many remember her for heading up the first electrical trades training program for women at Seattle City Light and winning a lawsuit against the utility for sex and political ideology discrimination after her illegal firing.
Speakers Andrea Bauer and Dennis Sanders will provide two different perspectives. Bauer, an environmentalist and queer rights activist, knew Fraser well and was her student in Marxist economics. Sanders, an anti-capitalist analyst and writer on international affairs, has been influenced by Fraser's ideas as expressed in works like Revolution, She Wrote. Both carry forward Fraser's vision of creating a humane culture in a world of peace and shared wealth.
The event will be held at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle (on the #7 bus line and near the Columbia City light rail station).
The festivities will kick off with "Mike's Louisiana Gumbo feast" at 6:00 p.m., followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donations are $3 for door and $10 for dinner, with work exchanges available for strikers, students or the unemployed. For childcare or more information, please call the FSP at 206-722-2453 or email FSPseattle@...
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