From the McDonald’s at 40th and Walnut to Clark Park: May Day march, rally and celebration this Friday

April 30, 2015

MayDayUSAThe 8th annual May Day USA march and celebration will take place on Friday, May 1 in West Philadelphia. The event will kick off at 2 p.m. in front of the McDonald’s at 40th and Walnut Streets where a rally will be held calling for a livable wage for all workers. After the rally the participants will march to Clark Park (43rd and Baltimore) where a May Day family celebration will take place.

The Clark Park portion of the event is expected to start at 3 p.m. and will include the following activities and presentations, according to the event’s Facebook page: a DJ, live music, singers, poets, a BBQ by the Veterans For Peace Chapter 31 “Precision Grill Team,” children’s entertainment, and an array of notable speakers from Labor and other allied organizations in Philly. The annual Aggie Moran Human Rights Awards will also be presented.

The event is hosted by May Day USA Education Committee – Philadelphia (Facebook page), with participation by Fight for $15 and $15 Now organizations. The mission of this group, which was founded in 2006, is to educate people about the U.S. origins of May Day (celebrated as International Workers’ Day in many countries), so that “together we may reclaim our proud heritage.” For more information, go to May Day USA Education Committee’s Facebook page. You can also read about May Day here.

3 Comments For This Post

  1. WestPhillyChic Says:

    How is anyone actually suppose to attend these kind of things if they start in the middle of the day during the work week???

  2. William Says:

    It’s May Day! You don’t need permission to leave work early. Just tell your boss where he can stick it if he has a problem.

  3. West Philly Law & Order Says:

    Work, what’s that? It might be more like workers paying for the non-workers to march. Ok, I’m sure some marchers and protesters work third shift.

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