Music, Solidarity, and Education in Central Park

Have you decided to forgo the big May Day festival experience this year but still want to get out? Have no fear—you need not fritter your Saturday away!

Coming to Central Park on May 4 is the second annual May Day Solidarity Fair, celebrating International Worker’s Day (three days belated) with live music and activities for children. The event includes a “Tell Your Story” corner with the Radical Listening Project, Mr. Big (the puppet of the One Percent), free books from the Occupy Corvallis library, a labor history timeline, information tabled by about 25 organization, face painting for the kids, and a maypole.

Additionally, there will be workshops on labor and big banks, issues facing postal workers, solidarity unionism, the prison industrial complex, healthcare for all, and more.

Speakers and musicians will share the stage. The speakers will cover subject matter ranging from immigrant rights to gender justice in the context of labor and community rights. Musicians including Bodarc Bestvina, Laurie Childers, Masdamoonh, Meatbomb, and the Raging Grannies will share a variety of musical styles including folk, acoustic dreamscapes, socially conscious rap with an indigenous inflection, reggae, and rock.

Picnic while you watch and listen!

Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Park, Corvallis

(Rainy day venue: United Methodist Community Center, behind the church on 12th and Monroe)

This event is brought to you by a coalition of unions, social justice organizations, and community groups, including Benton County Community Rights Coalition, Linn-Benton Food Share, Veterans for Peace, Corvallis faith community, NAACP, Pacific Green Party, Corvallis Amnesty International Writers, Occupy Corvallis, the HOUR exchange, and more.


By Joel Southall