MEDIA ADVISORY: May Day march and rally supports economic justice

Events occur in Durham the afternoon and evening of May 1
WHAT: May Day march, rally and speeches
WHEN: May 1, 2012: events all day with march at 6 p.m. and rally at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Durham People’s Plaza, downtown Durham
DURHAM (May 1, 2012) -- May 1 is celebrated around the world as international workers day and originated in Chicago after the 1886 Haymarket Massacre, in which police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight-hour workday.
This May 1, demonstrators will march and rally in Durham for worker’s rights, justice for immigrants, and more.
The event has a proud recent history. On May 1, 2006, in the largest single day protest in the history of the United States, massive migrant marches re-ignited May Day as a day of resistance, a near-lost tradition in the US. May Day is important this year as a day of action for economic justice and equality.
Speakers will include representatives from NC AFL-CIO, Compassion Ministry, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), All of Us NC, NC Dream Team, and Black Workers for Justice.
Demonstrators will rally for:
  • Good jobs and living wages
  • The right to join a union, the right to organize for all workers, and the right to collective bargaining
  • Justice for immigrants, including amnesty and an end to deportations
  • An end to police brutality, mass incarceration of communities of color, and all forms of oppression and discrimination
  • Public sector jobs and services and public budgets that meet human needs
3 p.m. Arts and Cultural Festival at People’s Plaza (CCB Plaza) in Durham
5 p.m. Potluck
6 p.m. March through downtown Durham starting at People’s Plaza
7 p.m. Rally and speeches at People’s Plaza
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Katya Roytburd, 518.588.7553.