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May Day Schedule


If there’s bad weather (looks like there’s a chance), events will be held at the Wesley Center at 120 N. Dubuque Street starting at 3PM.

Otherwise, here’s the schedule as of Thursday. A concrete one will be available for handout on the day itself and will be distributed downtown.

12:00 – 12:20 Gene Bauer, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, on Conditions in Meat Packing Factories

12:20 – 12:35 Patrick Hughes, President of Iowa City Federation of Labor, on Employee Free Choice Act

12:35 – 12:50 Karen Kubby, former Executive Director of the Emma Goldman Clinic, on The History of May Day

12:50 – 3:00 BREAK

3:00 – 3:40 Vernon Jackson, on the Prison Industrial Complex

3:40 – 4:00 Hula Hoop contest

4:00 – 4:40 Carlos Rich, Midwest Immigrant Health Project, on Combating Anti-Immigrant Racism

4:40 – 5:00 Piece of the Pie Eating Contest

5:00 – 5:20 Dow Voss, on History of Labor Movement and Current Issues

5:20 – 5:30 Dave Leshtz, Representative Loebsack’s office, on Upcoming Immigration Legislation

5:30 – 5:45 Amy Logsden, Iowa Citizen Action Network Political Director

5:45 – 6:25 Band – Televangelists

6:25 – 6:40 Paul Street, political author and commentator, on Radical Movements for Economic Change

6:40 – 6:55 Carlos Rich, Immigrant Access to Health Care

6:55 – 7:35 Band – Matt Grimm and the Red Smear

7:35 – 7:50

7:50 – 8:05 Juan Manuel Galvez Ibarra, University of Iowa College of Public Health Center for Health Communication & Social Marketing, on the Humanitarian Challenges Faced by Latino Immigrants

8:05 – 8:50 Band – Liberty Leg



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Speaker Gene Baur


Here’s some background on one of our speakers. Gene will be talking about working conditions in meatpacking and agricultural industries.

Gene Baur grew up in Hollywood, California and worked in television, film and commercials, including some for McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants. Today, he campaigns to raise awareness about the negative consequences of industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system. He lives in rural New York state and is the co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University Northridge and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University.

After volunteering and working with various environmental and human rights causes, Gene turned his attention to animal agriculture. He has conducted hundreds of visits to farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses to document conditions, and his pictures and videotape, exposing factory farming cruelty, have been aired nationally and internationally, educating millions. He has testified in court and before local, state and federal legislative bodies, and has initiated groundbreaking legal enforcement and legislative action to raise awareness and prevent factory farming abuses. He played a significant role in passing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming systems – including the Florida ban on gestation crates, the Arizona ban on veal and gestation crates, and the California and Chicago bans on foie gras. His efforts have been covered by leading news organizations, including the New York Times, The Larry King Show, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Public Radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN. His book, entitled Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food, was published by Simon and Schuster in March, 2008 and has become a National best seller.


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