Families at Toronto’s May Day Rally

Families at Toronto’s May Day Rally

We’ll be there, maybe even waving a Rebel Parents sign and encouraging families to celebrate and get engaged together.  It is true that rallies take extra work when you have children, but allowing our kids to ride bikes, bring noisy homemade instruments or pack extra travel toys or books helped us, not to mention pairing it with something else our children enjoy (okay, it’s true that we pack cupcakes to celebrate the workers with).  I got this graphic booklet last year.

Graphic History Mayday

May Day: A Graphic History of Protest by Robin Folvik, Sean Carleton, Mark Leier, Sam Bradd and Trevor Mckilligan (Between The Lines, 2012; $6.95)

It required a bit of “on the fly” modification to make it appropriate for my children, but previewing it will give you ideas about how to explain May Day family-style.

Every year grassroots organizations in Toronto rally to mark International Worker’s Day, for migrant and worker’s rights and in support of Indigenous people’s struggles. Themed around the most pressing issues of the day and committed to people’s struggles against oppression and exploitation, May Day unites people’s struggles for self-determination and liberation. We continue this tradition in 2014, rallying and marching against colonial and capitalist attacks on our communities here and Canadian imperialism’s plunder and attacks on peoples across the world.

More information about this year’s rally may be found at mayfirstmovement.wordpress.com. Pictures from previous years’ rallies may be found at nooneisillegal.org/MayDay and ocap.ca.

This event is part of the 29th annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, taking place from May 1 – 15, 2014 at various GTA locations. For more details on this year’s program, artists, and festival partners, please visit http://mayworks.ca/.

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