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(en) Canada, Celebrating the Art of Resistance , Mayworks! Montreal: A Festival of Working Class Struggles

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Date Mon, 18 Apr 2005 22:10:09 +0200 (CEST)

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*BENEFIT CONCERT* ---- April 29, 2005
Featuring performances by Paul Cargnello, Kalmunity, and Urbains
Desbois With presentations by NEFAC-Mtl, Workers' Solidarity Network,
Quebec Coalition Against Sweatshops, and FTQ Central Council-Mtl.
Location: Kola Note, 5240, Ave. du Parc, Montréal
Time: Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8:30
Cost: $10 in advance (call 342-2111), $15 at the door
Funds raised will help cover the costs of Mayworks! Montréal, surplus will
be donated to the Immigrant Workers' Center. Given that Mayworks!
acknowledges that both workers and artists share a common struggle for
decent wages and healthy working conditions, performers will be
remunerated for their participation.

Other Mayworks! events:

April 30, 2005
March Against Poverty and Precarity: For the Rights of Immigrants and
Time: Noon
Location: Nelson Mandela Park (Metro Plamondon)
Organized by CLAC May Day Committee

Day Shift: A day of workshops, films, popular theater, arts and crafts,
and exhibits for the family
Location: Centre Jeunesse 2000 (Chalet Parc Kent), 3220 ave. Appleton in
Park Kent
Time: 1:30 – 5:30 with a community dinner
Costs: FREE

Night Shift: Political Cabaret
With performances by: Gen’r Radical, UTIL, Dead Dollz Cabaret, Mise au
Jeu, Tania Nesterovsky, Cheryl Neil, Anna Fuerstenberg, David Fennario,
Matt Jones, an excerpt from "Job Stealer" by Teesri Duniya's Untold
Stories Theatre troop, and more.
Location: Maison de la culture Cote-des-Neiges, 5290 ch. de la
Cote-des-Neiges (metro Cote-des-Neiges)
Time: 8:00pm
Suggested contribution: $5 (no one turned away)

May 1, 2005
Mayworks! Montréal Contingent
Join us at the May Day March!

Mayworks! Montréal is an initiative of the Immigrant Workers’ Center,
which hosts the Mayworks! Montréal Committee.

Mayworks! Montréal is endorsed by the North Eastern Federation of
Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC-Mtl), Workers’ Solidarity Network, PINAY,
International Socialists, QPIRG McGill, International Socialists, SEPB
local 574 and local 573, UFP Montréal Ouest, March 8 Action and
Coordination Committee for Women of Diverse Origins, South Asian Women’s
Community Center, Conseil Régional Simmone Monet Chartrand-FFQ, Centre des
femmes d’ici et d’ailleurs, Mouvement Contre le viol et l’inceste, Centre
for Philippine Concerns, Filipino Parents’ Support Group, No One Is
Illegal-Mtl, and others to be confirmed.

What is Mayworks! Montréal?

A festival of working people and the arts, Mayworks! is a
multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates the building of
communities and people's struggles for social and economic justice. Built
on the premise that workers and artists share a common struggle for decent
wages, healthy working conditions and a living culture, Mayworks!'s goal
is to promote the interests of cultural workers and trade unionists and to
bring working-class culture from the margins of cultural activity onto
centre stage. Mayworks! is Canada's largest and oldest labour arts
festival (founded in 1986 by the Toronto and York Region Labour Council);
this is the first time the event will take place in Québec. Celebrating
the unique working-class culture of the Québec labour movement and the
changing face of the working class, Mayworks Montréal is organized on the
premise that in Montréal, making up 45% of the population, immigrants are
often relegated to the lowest ranks of the labour market when Canadian
institutions do not recognize their skills, professions, and educations.
The first Mayworks! Montréal will be organized in Côte-des-Neiges, a
working class community where newly arrived immigrants come to settle.

Mayworks! is held on the occasion of May Day, the real Labour Day, which
historically commemorates the struggle of working people throughout the
world, and is recognized in every country except the United States,
Canada, and South Africa. This despite the fact that the holiday began in
the 1880s in the United States with the fight for an eight-hour work day.
In order for working class culture to emerge onto center stage and to
stimulate a discussion of working class issues as they are evolving in
today’s communities, Mayworks Montréal is organizing a festival of working
class struggles in order to celebrate the art of resistance in solidarity
with the annual May Day march.

Mayworks! Montréal's Principles:

1. To use culture to bridge the divide between working-class, immigrant
organizations, the labor movement.
2. To promote working-class solidarity through cultural exchange and
3. To promote cultural activism which engages issues of social and
economic exploitation in homes, on the streets, and in the workplace.
4. To create links with global struggles for social and economic justice.
5. To encourage the participation of workers in the organizing process in
a non-hierarchical and proactively inclusive way.
6. To be a space to organize resistance.

For more information: www.mayworksmontreal.org, (514) 342-2111

Union Locale de Montréal
Fédération des Communistes Libertaires du Nord-Est

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