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Photos: Celebrating May Day in 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.

May Day Planning Meeting

May Day

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
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