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Celebrate May Day 2013 in Raleigh

Jeremy Sprinkle
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International Workers Day

May 1 is celebrated around the world as International Workers Day. Often overlooked in America, May Day actually was born here – specifically in Chicago  - after the 1886 Haymarket Massacre, where police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight-hour workday.

This year, we celebrate May Day 2013 because our LABOR connects us all, and all working people deserve to live with dignity and without fear.

Last year, hundreds of people gathered in Durham to revive May Day celebrations in North Carolina. To build on that success, Triangle Jobs with Justice would like to invite everyone to take part in a May Day 2013 celebration and mobilization in Raleigh, NC.

What: May Day 2013 celebration
When: Wednesday, May 1 beginning at 3:00 PM; followed by People's March to legislature from 4 PM; rally, music, and food at 5 PM (full schedule here)
Where: Begins at Moore Square in Raleigh, 200 S. Blount St., Raleigh, NC; Ends on Hallifax Mall, 16 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC (parking info here)

RSVP on Facebook.

Note that this event goes off rain or shine! For more info, visit

From the Facebook event invitation:

On May 1st 2013 let's raise a people's agenda – working people, unemployed people, people of color, immigrants, students, LGBTQ people, women, young and old, everybody all together now. We are facing urgent political and economic crises. Our struggles feel isolated, but we're not alone. Let's unite to make our voices heard to the powers that be in Raleigh.

Join us on Wednesday, May 1, 3-8 p.m. in downtown Raleigh as we rally for:

  • Good jobs and living wages for all
  • The right to join a union, the right to organize for all workers, and the right to collective bargaining
  • Justice for immigrants, including an immediate end to deportation and detention, granting permanent residency that leads to citizenship for all, taking local police and sheriffs out of immigration enforcement, and humane immigration policies that include all families and all workers
  • An end to police brutality, mass incarceration of communities of color, and all forms of oppression and discrimination
  • A people’s budget that includes full funding for public sector jobs and services, healthcare, public education, and the essential needs of our state. Make the corporations and the wealthiest few pay their fair share to end cuts on the backs of poor and working people!
  • Fair pay and an end to workplace discrimination for women and LGBTQ people

Here's the flyer for May Day 2013 in Raleigh:

Click to download the May Day flyer.

Click to download the May Day flyer.