This Saturday at Long Lane, come celebrate spring in the warm weather!
Come out and smell the flowers from 12 to 4pm! There will be free veggie burgers and live music, as well as arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, student groups and farm tours. Try your hand at potato planting, if you like, or decorate a pot and take home your own tomato plant.
Date: Saturday, April 29
Place: Long Lane Farm, 243 Long Lane (at the corner of Long Lane and Wadsworth St.)
From Long Lane’s friendly farmers, including Eva ‘seeking internet fame’ Steinberg ’17:
Are you a fan of sun, spring, music, maypoles, food, farming, crafts, or contra dancing? Come on down to Long Lane Farm’s annual May Day Festival for all this and MORE!
Business Fish 12-12:30
Noah + Nyanen 12:40-1:10
Ben “Yoshimi” Daley 1:20-1:50
Rachel Connor’s Picture Show 2:00-2:30
Contra Dance 3-5
WesCycle will have bikes to help generate power for the concert!
THERE WILL ALSO BE FOOD:
FREE veggie burgers
a farm house bake sale (bring cash $$)
and MAHMOUN’s food truck ($$)
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RAIN DATE = SUNDAY MAY 3
Date: Saturday, May 2
Time: 12 – 5 PM
Place: Long Lane Farm, at the intersection of Wadsworth and Long Lane
Calling all musicians! Hilary Brumberg ’17 invites you to perform at Long Lane Farm’s May Day festival:
On Saturday, May 2, Long Lane Farm will be hosting our annual May Day festival. This spring celebration will be complete with music, may pole dancing, crafts, food, farming, and good company.
We are looking for Wesleyan student, faculty, and community bands to perform 30-minute sets between 12:00pm – 4:00 pm at the May Day celebration. If your band is interested in performing, please contact Hilary Brumberg at hbrumberg[at]wesleyan[dot]edu in the next couple weeks.
Date/Time/Place: Contact Hilary NOW about this opportunity to perform on the afternoon of May 2nd at Long Lane Farm.
Hailey Sowden ’15 writes in:
Come celebrate the dawn of the beautiful month of May at Long Lane Farm! There will be maypole dancing, live music, Morris dancing, free veggie burgers, face painting, a bike co-op work station, flower garlands, farm tours and general merry-making! It’s the perfect way to ring in the spring!
Date: Saturday, May 3rd
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Long Lane Farm, 281 Long Lane
Price: Free! (bring $ for t-shirts!)
Yael Hororwitz ’17 writes in:
Come Celebrate the International Day of the Worker on MAY DAY = May 1st at the St. Vincent DePaul soup kitchen on Main St. Join the community we will create there for a dinner of rice and beans and a General Assembly.
Date: May Day, May 1st, 2014
Time: 4:30 – 6:20
Place: St. Vincent DePaul, 617 Main St., Middletown
As promised, Middletowners of all stripes delivered a “roving festival of resistance” to the streets of our fine city today. Joined by thousands in countless mass mobilizations across the globe, the local agitators reclaimed a community garden, organized a teach-in, and held a People’s Assembly on Main Street’s Spear Park where a meal was shared amidst a festive atmosphere. The holiday celebrates a storied history of struggle both around the world and amongst Wesleyan students.
This year, the action began around 10:30 a.m. when roughly one dozen celebrants armed with shovels, rakes, mulch, and wheelbarrows took to a vacant lot on Washington Street in a bid to transform it into a People’s Garden.
The lot — which at the start of the morning was an overgrown mess of fallen branches, weeds, garbage, empty bottles, and other debris — was once the site of a small but vibrant community garden established by residents of the local neighborhood. It had since been bought by a speculative landlord who intends to sell the lot to Centerplan Developers as part of their bid to build a strip mall along Washington Street, a plan that has faced stiff resistance from the local community. The goal of today’s action was to “retake the commons,” as one sign read, by reclaiming this land from private interests in order to serve the community.
The Middletown May Day Committee writes in with your daily dose of revolutionary direct action:
The long chill of winter has lifted and spring is stirring in our hearts. Join us this May Day (Wednesday, May 1st), as we joyously take to the streets in a roving festival of resistance!
In a world where vacant land stands idle while countless go without food or shelter, we will reclaim space from private interests and cultivate it in service of our community. Come together at 10:30 AM on Washington and Pearl to help revitalize a community garden that is under threat from the proposed strip mall construction.
In a world where learning and knowledge is greedily hoarded behind the high walls of the ivory-tower academy, we will gather to learn democratically and accessibly. Join us at 2:30 at Middlesex Community College for a May Day Teach-in featuring speakers from the War Resisters League and the Middle East Crisis Committee. A group bike ride will be meeting outside 190 High St, the UOC, at 1:45 to bike to the Community College. A van from the Wesleyan Office of Community Service will be available at Parking Lot C on Church St, leaving at 2:15 and returning at 3:50.
Last year, roughly two dozen Wes students descended on New York on May Day to confront capitalism and the state. This year they are taking things local.
Aron Chilewich ’14 writes in with the deets:
May Day is just around the corner – who is ready to make some social revolution? The spring is here, the flowers are blooming, and anything is possible. A meeting will be held Thursday night to discuss local action. Planning is already under way and a number of exciting proposals are on the table. Lets make this May Day one to remember!
The meeting will be held General Assembly style with an agenda and facilitators in order to keep it concise and accessible. Come with proposals, ideas, and questions.
Date: Tonight, April 18th
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: University Organizing Center 3rd Floor, 190 High Street
“The boss needs you – you don’t need the boss.”
Looking for a reason to ditch class?
It’s raining – what more do you want? About 20 Wesleyan students (and two Middletown residents) who went up to New York City last night and this morning are living theirs right now. May 1, or “May Day” for those in the know, primarily celebrates 1) pole dancing and 2) walking instead of working. So it seemed like a natural choice for one of the Occupy movement’s major bids for a return to mainstream prominence – a General Strike. From the Occupy Wall St. website:
While American corporate media has focused on yet another stale election between Wall Street-financed candidates, Occupy has been organizing something extraordinary: the first truly nationwide General Strike in U.S. history. Building on the international celebration of May Day, past General Strikes in U.S. cities like Seattle and Oakland, the recent May 1st Day Without An Immigrant demonstrations, the national general strikes in Spain this year, and the on-going student strike in Quebec, the Occupy Movement has called for A Day Without the 99% on May 1st, 2012. This in and of itself is a tremendous victory. For the first time, workers, students, immigrants, and the unemployed from 135 U.S. cities will stand together for economic justice.
Hopefully, students who arrived at Grand Central this morning didn’t have to deal with the machine-gun toting National Guard…Christ.
The main purpose post is mostly a collection of just a few of the metric ton of online resources for anyone who wants to track today’s happenings. Onwards:
There may be a sprinkling of updates to this post as the day progresses – many Wes students who went are in a text-message group to facilitate coordination, and I joined in so I could keep track from Middletown Home Base. If anything interesting comes up and I’m online, I’ll try to get it up here. As of 11 AM: WesKids who stayed overnight have rendezvoused with Tuesday arrivals, and are gathering in Bryant Park after marching along 51st St. That’s all for now; get back to work (or not).
Daniel Plafker ’15 (99% sure… get it?) has been spotted in the title photograph of a Guardian article on today’s protests.
After the jump: Ben “The Doernbeard” Doernberg ’13 is live-tweeting the events as he attends them, as well as retweeting relevancies from the ground. Click through for highlights.
From the wonderful people of USLAC (United Student-Labor Action Coalition):
Today, May Day, is an international day of solidarity with workers and immigrants. There are many things you can do to commemorate this day here on Wesleyan’s campus. Yesterday, Wesleyan’s custodians came to work for ABM Industries; today, upon punching in, they now work for Sun Services. This transition involves a change in management that brings with it a whole host of concerns and stresses on the workers. The workers had no voice in the contract selecting process. While there is no immediate threat of layoffs, workers ask that student allies remain vigilant. Today, as we stand in solidarity with workers around the world, recognize the struggles faced by our janitorial staff. Thank the people that clean our bathrooms, hallways, and classrooms. They’re an essential part of the Wesleyan community, and they deserve our appreciation.