SEIU Celebrates May Day 2012

SEIU Minnesota members, their families, friends and allies in solidarity will celebrate this year’s 2012 May Day Festival  in Minneapolis. This is the 38th year for the event and theme is: “The End of The World as We Know it. The Beginning as we Live it Now.”    SEIU will be gathering for the parade at Noon at the Cedar Field at east 25th and 18th Ave. S of Minneapolis. We also will be staffing an information table in Powderhorn Park.

May First is known as International Workers Day and it has an important historical root in U.S. History dating back to the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, when Chicago police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight hour workday, killing several demonstrators and resulting in the deaths of several police officers, largely from friendly fire.

Today, in the U.S., It is recognized as a day which celebrates the 99% of us who are hard working and middle class. We will call for a more fair economy where everyone, including the richest 1%, pay their fair share in taxes. We will call for our elected leaders to focus on creating more jobs, access to affordable and quality health care.

Put on your walking shoes and Join us! The Workers United Will Never Be Divided. We Are Stronger Together!

For more information about the annual Minneapolis festival visit

Click here for a map of the parade route

Click here for a map of the park where the all-day festival happens

If you can, join us tomorrow for the May 1st March for Immigrant and Workers Rights at 3:30pm. The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee has been a driving force in organizing an annual May 1st march and is continuing that tradition this year. This year’s march will focus on the ongoing struggle of immigrant workers in Minnesota as well as the struggle of all workers to defend our rights from hostile politicians. SEIU Healthcare Minnesota is an endorsing organization of this year’s march. Join us in the streets as we stand up with our fellow Minnesotans and celebrate a day for all working people!

  • What: May 1st March for Immigrant and Workers Rights
  • Where: Lake St & Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis
  • When: Tuesday, May 1st at 3:30pm

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