Wednesday, May 1, 2013 -5:30pm to 7:30pm
ASSEMBLE 5:30PM AT CITY HALL, MARCH LEAVES AT 6:00PM
For more information: 942-0522
Hosted by: Winnipeg labour Council
The annual May Day March is organized by the Winnipeg Labour Council in recognition of International Working Class Day. The theme of this year’s march is: “We Are All In This Together”.
I've done some pontificating in the last little while about the importance of alternative community spaces.
I think they are essential because of both their vibrancy and their ability to act as agents for intersecting all sorts of activist organizing. I think we need that epicentre, in order to effectively harness the various webs of struggle and bring to life a culture of organizing that reaches beyond the day to day mundanities.
This isn't to romanticize the concept, stripping it of the blood, sweat and tears it takes to sustain both the energy and the finite resources demanded by it all. It's not easy, but Winnipeg's Albert Street Autonomous Zone collective (A-Zone) has been struggling with this since the 1990s.
If your only source of information is the mainstream news media you can be forgiven for wondering what the Idle No More movement is all about. Since it burst on the scene late last year, media attention has darted from demonstrations to blockades to the fasts of elders and chiefs -- with an occasional sustained flurry of excitement when the PMO tried to smear Chief Theresa Spence.
Discussions of the abrogation of historic treaty rights or the corporate pillaging Stephen Harper has buried, like poisonous turds, in his omnibus budget bills, do not lend themselves to the tidy sound bites that nourish the media and feed the news cycle.
Theatre 20, "Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare"
For tickets and more information go to: http://www.theatre20.com/
First on Theatre 20's inaugural season roster is the Toronto premiere of Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare, by Winnipeg playwright Joseph Aragon. Theatre 20 Artistic Director Adam Brazier (Director) and internationally renowned performer Colm Wilkinson (Creative Consultant) helm this delightfully dark true story of the 1829 West Port murders in Edinburgh. A wickedly entertaining musical spectacle and award-winning fringe festival hit, the show recounts the historical case of two 19th century Irish serial killers who go into business selling corpses to medical anatomy schools.
This ain't Oprah's Book Club, comrade.
Book clubs dedicated to the works of Karl Marx, Fredrick Engels and Marxism started springing up all over the world a few years ago, and now Winnipeg has its very own. Each week, the discussion is invigorating as the group tackles another facet of Marxist thought.
Electronic versions of many Marxist texts are available here.
'F*** the B.I.Z.'
The graffiti emblazoned near the brick entrance to 91 Albert Street -- aimed at Winnipeg's Business Improvement Zone security patrols, with their police-like powers -- is revealing in terms of what's inside; in this rare case, you can judge a bookstore by its cover.
In fact, the activists behind the Old Market Autonomous Zone were once targeted by a city councillor for their refusal to remove graffiti. This anti-capitalist building is truly unique.