May Day Working Group: April 9, 2012

[Note: There were two sets of notes.]

AGENDA:

  • Recap what was talked about on the previous meeting
  • Come up with concrete ways people can prepare
  • Come up with a narrowly-focused statement for why we want people in the community to come
  • Specify the exact route of the march
  • Start coordinating outreach efforts

RECAP
A march with 5 different Focuses:

  • Workers rights
  • The Racist Justice System
  • Immigrant Rights
  • Amendment 1
  • Students/Education?


WAYS PEOPLE CAN CONTRIBUTE:

  • talking to groups people are already plugged into
  • Phone-tree outreach?
  • Food-serving committee?
  • flyering?

WHY WE WANT THE COMMUNITY TO COME:

  • May 1st is the day for international solidarity with workers. All workers are the same!
  • “Let’s talk about connections.” Start the day as a coalition of separated movements–end the day as a coalition of connected movements!
  • Plug people in to local causes. Ask attending organizations to read a story that best represents their cause.

THE ROUTE OF THE MARCH:

  • We talked about starting somewhere else and marching to Government Plaza, but…
  • reality of the situation is that Government Plaza has the nice stage and parking.
  • So the march will be a loop
  • ~5:30 – leave Government Plaza
  • ~5:50 – march in front of the ICRM
  • ~6:10 – return to Government Plaza for rally and activities

COORDINATING OUTREACH:

  • Juan Miranda is bottom-lining outreach.
  • Connor is bottom-lining a 7-10 minute guerilla/sketch theatre performance to be premiered on May 1st!
  • Tom is bottom-lining kids’ activities and drafting a statement to churches.

Next event:
This Tuesday night will feature a May Day space. See you then!

AGENDA:

  • Discussion: What is the purpose of the march?
    Basically, to invite people who are unaware of the tradition of May Day, to make connections through community strength across the different movements?
  • May 1st is the day for international solidarity with workers. All workers are the same!
    -“Let’s talk about connections.” Start the day as a coalition of separated movements–end the day as a coalition of connected movements!
    -Plug people in to local causes. Ask attending organizations to read a story that best represents their cause.
  • Needs Assessment:-come up with concrete ways people can prepare
    -come up with a narrowly-focused statement for why we want people in the community to come
    -specify the exact route of the march
    -start coordinating outreach efforts

Decisions

  • Location: Government Plaza beginning at 5pm on May first.
  • There will be tables set up by different organizations, maybe some music, around 5:30, a guerrilla theatrical piece depicting history of May day, and leading us into the march.
  • March will last between 45 mins to an hour (government plaza, making the look back to government plaza)
  • Upon return, people will gather to watch the conclusion of the theatrical piece, we will have historical speeches performed by volunteers (I.e.) someone could read a speech by Cesar Chavez.

Organizing committees/ working groups

  1. Pre-March Programming:
    Theatrical Piece: Connor is Bottom lining. It will incorporate stories from different people/organizations. It will lead us into the march. It will include a potential cliff hanger (or tail bite)(lol) and be concluded after the march.
  2. March Logistics:
    Route – Begin at Government Plaza, do the look around downtown stopping at symbolic locations i.e. BofA, the new Jail, the Civil Rights Museum. We talked about starting somewhere else and marching to Government Plaza, but the reality of the situation is that Government Plaza has the nice stage and parking. We won’t need a permit, It should start around 5:30, 5:45 pm.. and last about 45 minutes to an hour. We still need marshals, and finalize route.
  3. Outreach: Juan Is Bottom lining, (help is most definitely welcome).
    Facebook Group, phone tree, email (add to the database compiled by the alliance building committee), fliering (everywhere)-Dave can get flier by Wednesday(ish).
  4. Post Programming: Conclusion of Theatrical piece, speakers historical speeches performed by volunteers (I.e.) someone could read a speech by Cesar Chavez. (needs bottom lining) (Trish, Tiffany, John K?) maybe eh? Eh? Rally
  5. Child Care/Activities: Tom is Bottom lining: Possibly contacting other organizations that might be interested/willing to help.
  6. Food: Julia is bottom lining: She needs a lot of help.

WAYS PEOPLE CAN CONTRIBUTE:
Talking to groups people are already plugged in to
Phone-tree outreach? fliering?
Food-serving committee?
Post march programming?