May Day Solidarity Fair Set for May 3rd

By Dave DeLuca

P3_Solidarity FairThe third annual May Day Solidarity Fair will be held in Central Park on Saturday, May 3rd. An eclectic group of labor unions, community organizations, and social justice groups will be on hand with educational displays and lively conversation. They are united in an effort to educate and celebrate labor in the Willamette Valley and beyond.

“It will be an interactive event with a village feel to it, a fun time. Families are invited,” said organizer Joseph Orosco.

A free lunch provided by the OSU Coalition of Graduate Employees will kick things off at noon. Throughout the day, community conversations will cover the relationships between labor and education, social justice, and the environment. Representatives from a wide variety of local groups will answer questions and lead activities. Some of these will include Veterans for Peace, Students Against Sweatshops, the SEIU, the Corvallis HOUR Exchange, and the Green Party. Children’s activities are also planned.

Art exhibits focused on the hopes of workers seeking better lives will be on display. A giant “labor timeline” will be strung between trees, highlighting milestones in the labor movement. A grand may pole will provide the symbolic centerpiece for the event.

Live music will feature local acts Sonny Gunz, Meatbomb, and the Raging Grannies.

The fair will run from noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Central Park downtown. This event is free to the public. If it rains, festivities will be moved to the United Methodist Church Community Center at 1165 NW Monroe Avenue. For more information, contact Joseph Orosco at teaching@gmail.com or call 541-908-9050.

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