International Workers Day has always been one of our favorite holidays– for some of us it’s about celebrating the collective power we hold when we recognize the value of the work we do– paid or unpaid, visible or not. For some of us it’s about standing together as immigrants and allies, documented and undocumented, and proclaiming that there is a place for ALL of us in our communities. For some of us, it is about celebrating anarchist and autonomous histories of resistance– a holiday for the people and by the people!
This year, we are celebrating with a number of other small collectives in the city– some groups we’ve been organizing with for years and some that we’ve wanted to get to know better. We all saw Mayday as a great opportunity to collaborate, deepen our relationships, and learn from each other. We are HAVOQ/ SF Pride at Work, Young Workers United, CUAV, El/la programa para translatinas, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, and la Colectiva.
For months now, we’ve been meeting as a group to talk about what Mayday means to us and what a queer & feminist contingent might look like if we made it together (you can see photos of the Cafecitos here or here). This is what we came up with:
Today, we’ll be marching from 24th and Mission to 16th and Mission to debut our teatro (street-theater) piece. You can see pictures of us building it here, but nothing beats seeing this bilingual, elaborate, and fun thing in person! Also, it involves piñatas!
At noon, we’ll be joining the People’s Street Festival and doing our teatro again. Then we’ll be off to Oakland to join the 3pm march begining in Fruitvale. We hope to see you in the streets!
Look for the purple banner, pink flags, and giant puppets to find us in the streets!