May 1, 2019 - 5:00 pm
157 Ordnance Street
Kingston May Day 2019 Wednesday, May 1st 5pm: Free BBQ at Skeleton Park 6pm: March! maydaykingston [at] riseup [dot] net Since the Haymarket affair in 1886, May 1st has been marked around the world as International Workers Day or May Day. In Kingston, anti-capitalists have been gathering to share food, hear rousing speeches and hit the streets on May Day since 2011. We’re proud to be a part of this tradition, but also want to make sure we continue to be creative and responsive to current conditions. May Day is an opportunity to gauge and build our capacity, connect our struggles, and have fun together. There’s no shortage of reasons to hit the streets with enthusiasm this year. Kingston’s vacancy rate for rental housing remains the lowest in Ontario, as landlords and developers continue to profit from displacement and misery. Students in Kingston and across Ontario are walking out of class to protest Doug Ford’s regressive curriculum changes and cuts to education. Despite all his nice-sounding talk about reconciliation, Justin Trudeau cares more about big business than indigenous consent or the planet, as his government attempts to bulldoze resistance to pipelines. Climate change and tightening border policies in the United States and around the world create increasingly desperate situations for migrants and families. The far right is pushing their racist ideas that blame migrants for the suffering imposed on us by capitalists. Politicians are energy vampires, trying to channel our enthusiasm and demands into their campaigns for power. Instead of giving up our agency in exchange for more false promises, let’s stay focused on building grassroots and dynamic movements that seek to address root issues and fight to win! If this sounds up your alley, or you’re curious to hear more, join us for the May Day BBQ and March on May 1st starting at 5pm in Skeleton Park.