May Day BBQ and March (Kingston)

May 1, 2019 - 5:00 pm

Skeleton Park
157 Ordnance Street
Kingston

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.