May Day Is Our Day
In solidarity with the tireless folk, documented or otherwise, who labor wagelessly to cook meals, care for youth, offer their shoulders, and build community, we call forth a Festival of Resistance. Without seeking approval of the State, and beyond the language of party politics, we’d like to share in common space and reclaim our right to the city. Join us to sing, eat, dance, weave stories, learn, trade, and grow together in the streets through a diversity of tactics.
The University of Michigan has a clear monopoly on economic and social forces in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Racial capital and exceptionalism promote gentrification while sweeping service industry workers, invisible laborers, the disenfranchised, and the immigrant community under the rug.
Answering the call of our comrades near and far, and in a spirit of celebration, we hope to harmonize our many voices in a chant of defiance against the wealthy, white, hetero-normative, and patriarchal forces that determine the conditions of our communities and of the globe writ large. The Women's Strike Committee beckons, "To those who say immigrants have no right to be here, we say that we have fled countries that were bombed, occupied, and impoverished by the US military industrial complex" while the Movement For Black Lives has challenged us to "go beyond moments of outrage, beyond narrow concepts of sanctuary, and beyond barriers between communities."
Another world is possible, and it begins in the commons. See you there!
At 1 p.m., we will gather at Liberty Plaza to make signs and banners.
At 2 p.m., we will march through the streets, ending at the UM Diag.
At 2:30 p.m., we will hold an Open University on the UM Diag. (See tab on top of page for workshop schedule)
At 5 p.m., we will move into the streets of Ann Arbor for a block party.