forum - 201 W Main Street in Durham - 3:00 to 5pm (?).
For more information call them at 919.687.4635.
ReImagining May Day: International Worker's Day
Listen. Share. Empower. Act. (a Durham People's
Alliance committee) and the May Day Committee Bring
you this wonderful Community Forum. What is May Day?
A short article:
provides a great overview and history of the workers'
holiday. We will highlight the history of May Day as
a workers' day, learn more about current worker issues
from a diverse panel and discuss what they mean to us
locally. Finally, we will regroup together to share
any activism or insights that came out of the break
The Five panelists will speak on: health care,
immigration, unions, fair trade and family matters.
Representatives from The Forest Foundation, NC
Committee to Defend Health Care, El Pueblo and others
will be on the panel.
We will meet at Durham at the Friends' Meeting House
on May 1st, 2006 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The address
is 404 Alexander Ave in Durham. For more info call
641-5474 or 544-7397. If you are interested in
helping facilitate the small groups, please let us
The May Day Agenda:
Understanding May Day and its HISTORY (We will hold a
moment of silence to honor those workers who fought
hard for a reasonable work day, a weekend and other
worker rights.) 15 minutes
Current ISSUES and a 5 person PANEL discussing for 5
minutes each, followed by q&a. - 45 minutes
GROUPS break-out around issue with facilitator (from 5
or more issues) for a plan of action, building deeper
awareness or getting involved in current activism….30
Groups can share their discussion with others if
desired, especially if action items or activism comes
out of it to invite others to be involved in. 30
When: May 1st, 2006 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Friends Meeting House located at 404 Alexander
Ave in Durham. For directions and a map visit:
June 3rd 1:30-3:30 at the Chapel Hill Public Library
again. Does this work for everyone who wants to participate?
This was another small meeting, in part because some
people were out of town or busy. I think the lack of
an ad in the Indpendent contributed, along with the
late publicity. We talked about several different
things, but also referred to the readings. Some
subjects were the origins of materialism and
dialectics, how is Marxism scientific?, the crisis in
modern academic anthropology, and why the US isn't
more revolutionary after all that has happened to American workers and the people in general.
I haven't decided about the next readings yet, but
they will be about how capitalism works and might
include part II of the Communist Manifesto, the next
section of the Teachings of Karl Marx, something from
Marx's Wages, Prices and Profit, Capital, or some
other text, and a modern case study. Let me know if
you have suggestions. I'm not sure if more of Zinn's
book would fit for the next topic.
Another Freeing the Mind program, Predatory
Class War, is coming up on The People's Channel in Orange
See above for the May Day events. There was also a forum at the Hayti Heritage Center this afternoon that sounds like it was very similar to the event tomorrow evening. It was not publicized much (at least where I might hear of it), so there was duplicated effort.