Second Press Release


Date: Monday April 27, 2009


May Day has been a significant date for many working people since the late 19th century. From the battles over the 8-hour day to the general strike, walkouts and rallies of 2006, workers have utilized May 1 to gather with each other and assert their rights.

The May Day Organizing Committee is an Iowa City group made up of members involved in local labor, community and student organizations. We are planning events and activities centered around worker and immigrant rights issues for Friday May 1, 2009 in the downtown pedestrian mall of Iowa City starting at 12-1 PM, then continuing from 3-9 PM.

There will be guest speakers, music, food, informational tables, and children’s activities. Everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend.

Some of the speakers:

  • Gene Baur is an activist, best-selling author, and president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, the first animal rescue organization dedicated to farmed animals. Gene will be speaking about working conditions in the agricultural and meatpacking industries.

  • Paul Street is a journalist, author, historian, political commentator and Iowa City resident. Paul will be speaking about the ‘people’s economic stimulus plan’.

  • Patrick Hughes is the President of the Iowa City Federation of Labor. Patrick will be speaking about the Employee Free Choice Act.

If there is bad weather, activities will be held in the Wesley Center starting at 3PM


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