International Workers March & Award Ceremony
May 1st, 2019
Join us this International Workers’ Day
for an "all ages" celebration of Victoria’s socialist activists featuring a vegan dinner, drinks, music, and prizes! Victoria is home to a number of activists and organisers who dedicate their efforts to the cause of labour, decolonization, the environment, and a variety of struggles against the effects of capitalism, and we’d like to recognise their contributions with the first ever Victoria Socialist Awards ceremony!Facebook Event
Schedule - Wednesday May 1st, 2019
5:30: Assembly at Centennial Square
- 5:50: March to the Victoria Event Centre
- 6:00-7:00: Food Served
- 7:00: Program Begins. MC's: Antonia Paquin and Florian Castle
- 7:00-7:10: Territory Acknowledgement: Kolin Sutherland-Wilson
- 7:10-7:20: Music: Rama DelaRosa
- 7:20-7:30: Speech on the 100th Anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike - Carlos Flores
- 7:30-7:45: Music: Art Farquharson
- 7:45-8:00 Keynote Address on System Change: Howard Breen
- 8:00-8:35: Awards Ceremony
- 8:35-8:45: Raffle
- 8:45-9:00: Special Announcement from Tyson Strandlund, Rob Duncan & Kimball Cairou
- 9:00: DJ Walt Parsons
We respectfully acknowledge these events will be taking place on stolen unceded land. So called Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish and Lkwungen-speaking peoples, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.
- More detailed venue accessibility info is available at https://victoriaeventcentre.ca/attendees/accessibility/
- Washrooms are for all genders.
Significance of 100th Anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike
On Saturday, June 21, 1919 — four days before the end of the six-week strike that saw some 30,000 workers walk off their jobs — a large gathering of strikers demonstrated near city hall.
Mayor Charles Gray, who had issued proclamations against assemblies in public places in order to prevent further confrontations between strikers and those opposed to them, read the Riot Act and warned the crowd to get off the streets.
Instead, Mounties on horseback rode in, carrying bats and guns, and clashed with the strikers.
Soon, military personnel from the Fort Osborne Barracks arrived, along with machine gun units who marched into the melee, which had spread into what became known as Hell's Alley — the lane between Market and James Avenues (now occupied by the Centennial Concert Hall).
When the brawl ended, two people had died and 35-45 people, both strikers and police, had been injured. The day became known as "Bloody Saturday."Facebook Event
With Thanks to...
Victoria MayDay Committee
Young Communist League - Victoria
Victoria Event Center
Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island
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