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(en) Canada, Mayday in Hamilton, Ontario with Common Cause

Date Sun, 04 May 2008 21:26:26 -0400



Mayday was celebrated in Hamilton this year with the second annual "Mayday 2008:
A Festival of Liberation" held from April 26 to May 3. The festival was
organized by the Sky Dragon Community Development Coop (Hamilton's major hub for
all things left) and co-ordinated with the Hamilton District Labour Council, the
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, and Hamilton Artists Inc.
Common Cause Hamilton participated by organizing several events. As part of the
week long series of discussion groups and film screenings, we organized a
showing of the documentary, Grass Through Concrete, which chronicles the
hard-fought but ultimately unsuccessful struggle to stop the building of a major
highway through Hamilton's urban forest, the Red Hill Valley.

We also organized an anarchist discussion group called "Love, Rage, &
Revolution; Exploring Anarchism in the City." Turnout was small for both events
though we did connect with several people who we hadn't met before. The main
event was the Street Festival held on May 3.

Despite the rain, lots of people turned out for the live music, workshops,
vendors and food provided by the Bread and Roses Cafe. Hamilton Common Cause had
its own table and we displayed our new distro for the first time which includes
a small set of pamphlets from Anarkismo.net and from the Workers Solidarity
Movement in Ireland. We handed out copies of all Linchpin issues, the anarchist
book fair poster and sold a small number of pamphlets.

Common Cause Hamilton also attended the separate May 1 rally organized by the
United Steelworkers locals 1005 and 7135. The theme of the march was "Protest
the Massive Loss of Manufacturing Jobs" and "Fight for the Dignity of Labour."
About 500 people attended, mainly union members. The march snaked through
Hamilton's shrinking industrial core and ended with a BBQ. A couple of Common
Cause Hamilton members joined the march and distributed the latest issue of
Linchpin.

All in all, a very active first Mayday from Common Cause Hamilton.
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