From the May Day Coalition website, we are reposting the schedule of events for this upcoming weekend! It should be a good time to learn from fellow workers, reflect on the history of May Day and the Labor movements, and think about the current state of the labor movement and where we want it to go from here.

The Wingnuts will definitely be at the Really Really Free Market and History of May Day Workshop on Saturday. On Sunday, the whole Food Not Bombs crew will be at the Wingnut from 12:30 til 3:45 making some tasty food for our 4 o’clock meal in Monroe Park (where the Rally and parade are). Anyone interested in helping cook or bringing food for us to cook should, and also, keep in mind that we will need people to come back to the Wingnut after the rally and parade to help us clean up from Food Not Bombs.

May Day! Schedule of Events! / Primero de Mayo! Calendario de Eventos!

May Day 2011 Richmond, VA | Workshops | Rally | Parade
April 30, 2011 – May 1, 2011

Sunday May 1, 2011
Monroe Park (VCU Campus)
Music / Gathering: 3:00 pm
Rally / Food Not Bombs / Speakers: 4:00 pm
Parade: 5:00 pm
Closing Ceremonies: 6:00 pm

For the parade and rally, feel free to bring signs, flags, posters, puppets, banners, leaflets, etc. to let folks know why you came out and what it is about the struggle of working people that you are interested in!

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Workshops | Saturday April 30, 2011

Entering the Workforce: Know Your Rights! 11:00am – 12:30pm
Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, 3601 Seminary Ave, Richmond 23227

Members of the Richmond Industrial Workers of the World, a local Union for all workers will host a workshop geared toward educating youth ages 14 and up on their rights in the workplace, and how to fight back when their rights are being violated. This workshop is a collaboration between May Day 2011 and the Richmond Peace and Education Center’s RYPP Youth Peace Summit.

Really Really Free Market!!! 12:00pm- 3:00pm
Monroe Park at the corner of Main and Laurel Streets

Come join the community on Saturday April 30th from noon until 3pm at the corner of Main and Laurel in Monroe Park. Bring your excess and unwanted things- food, books, cds, movies, clothes, furniture, knick knacks, paddy whacks (no live animals though), to share with other people. Its good for the environment, its good for your wallet, and its good for building community.

Please bring games to play, music to play, balls or Frisbee to throw around etc. Anyone interested in performing, giving workshops, tabling with free literature etc. is more than welcome to.

History of May Day 4:00pm- 7:00pm
The Wingnut Anarchist Collective, 2005 Barton Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

There will be a workshop on the history of May Day/International Worker’s Day on Saturday April 30th at 4pm at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective. The workshop will be on the history of May Day as a worker’s holiday. Specifically focusing on some of the more radical/anarchist historical aspects of the holiday- such as the Haymarket affair. This is Richmond’s 3rd year with a May Day Parade and Rally. But not everyone knows what May Day is, or what the significance of the day is. So come get some context for this amazingly organized awesome event! Don’t let radical history be forgotten or overlooked.

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective is located at 2005 Barton Avenue on the northside of Richmond. It is a sober, all ages space. You can call 804 303 5449 or email for more information

Workshops | Sunday May 1, 2011

Roads to Democratic Socialism 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location To Be Announced

Information and open discussion about the principles of the Socialist Party USA, the Socialist Party of Central Virginia. Other questions up for discussion- “how we can build a socialist movement locally and nationally?” “how do we keep the broader goal of a socialist society a focus as we engage in activism?”

Stories of Working People and their Families 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Gallery5 200 W. Marshall St, Richmond 23220

Southerners on New Ground (SONG ) will be presenting a workshop that focuses on bringing together the stories of working people and their families. As working people, people of color, lgbtq people, immigrants, differently-abled bodies and minds, and youth and elders we know that our voices and our stories are often silenced. By sharing our stories we break the silence of isolation to build community and empower ourselves to transform our lives.

One way to share stories is through familial and communal Story Circles. SONG uses this technique to facilitate active listening and to create an anti-oppression space. We will be leading a Story Circle to create dialogue between working people and to discover the differences and complexities of our identities and experiences. By fostering this conversation we hope to identify recurring themes or commonalities of our struggles. Through the use of popular education tools like Story Circles we establish the importance of honoring people’s equal worth and legacies.

So about those wars and occupations… 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location To Be Announced

Members of the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice/Socialist Party of Central Virginia/World Can’t Wait & Code Pink present a moderated discussion about building or re-building the anti-war movement in Virginia. Discussion is encouraged to be action oriented towards finding ways to work together statewide towards a more effective anti-war strategy.

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