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Rise Up, Resist, Unite: May 1st, 2017

Shemanski Park: 1010 SW Park Ave. Portland, OR

Gather at 12 PM, Rally at 2 PM, March at 3 PM

March Logistics

The march route:

We’ll be beginning and ending the march at Shemanski Park. Marchers will line up around the perimeter of the park at the start of the march in their contingents with specific contingents at the front and back of the march:

  • At the front of the march (don’t pass these folks!): 
  • May Day Coalition Banner
  • Youth & Family Zone Contingent
  • Glitter Bloc (disability contingent for self-identified disabled folks)
  • Anti-colonial and anti-imperialist contingent - PCHRP, Anakbayan, Gabriela Portland, AAPRP Oregon, Brown Berets, Voz Workers Rights Education Project
  • In the middle of the march (find your place here!):
  • Labor unions and community groups
  • At the back of the march (this is the end of the march, don’t fall behind these folks):
  • SURJ
  • Anarchist Student Union

Rally and March Safety

  • Look for the yellow balloons! Official coalition march marshalls will be wearing yellow balloons. These folks will be guiding the march and making sure we’re all headed the same way on the same route.
  • Peacekeeping & de-escalation team. These folks are here to keep the march and rally focused and safe by de-escalating potentially dangerous situations. They are not police and they will not be making arrests or working with police. If you need assistance, yell out “peacekeeper!” to find one near you.
  • Legal observers: look for [NLG] green hats. These folks are here to observe the police and ensure that any potential violations of our first amendment rights to gather are documented. They are not here to observe or document the activities of marchers.
  • For jail support this hotline will be active: (503) 902-5340
  • Street Medics: look for folks marked up with red tape.  The Rosehip Medic Collective and Portland Action Medics will be sending street medics to support folks during the day’s events.  If you or a comrade near you is injured, call loudly for a medic (yell out “Medic!”).

Accessibility & Facilities Info

  • Self-identified disabled folks to the front of the rally and march.
  • Rally Accessibility
  • ADA accessible porta-potties
  • Free snacks and water will be provided at the main coalition table and at community org tables at Shemanski Park.
  • ASL and Spanish language interpreters will be next to the stage
  • Designated area in front of the stage for self-identified disabled folks which will including seating and wheelchair space. We ask that folks who make use of this area take care to be scent-free - no strong smelling lotion or perfume, etc.
  • March Accessibility
  • Glitter Bloc for self-identified disabled folks will be at the front of the march. The Glitter Bloc will contain it’s own designated medics, legal observers, and de-escalators.
  • Abled buddies and support folks are welcome in the Glitter Bloc
  • There were also be a resting trailer with seating at the rear of the march for folks who need walking breaks.
  • RIdes back to Shemanski Park are available at the end of the march. Flag down a peacekeeper (yell out “peacekeeper!”) or talk to a marshall (look for the yellow balloons).

Youth & Family Info

  • You can find an autonomous space for youth and families at the SW corner of Shemanski Park
  • Youth (younger AND older) will be encouraged to voice, develop, and seed their hopes for what the world should be, could be, can be--in their own words.
  • Will feature sign-making as well as a special area to construct home-made noisemakers
  • There will also be face and finger paints and bubbles
  • The Youth & Family Zone contingent will lead the march.
  • For more information, see the Revolutionary Youth & Family Zone facebook event.

Day of Updates

  • Social Media:
  • Use and follow the hashtags: #MayDayPDX, #MayDay, #MayDayStrike
  • For official coalition communications:
  • Tag @MayDayPDX in your May Day facebook posts! Mention @mayday_pdx on Twitter! At the end of the big day email us your photos, video, and social media posts to so we can compile all the visuals from the day into one big post.

Coalition Info

Bette Lee I'll remember this Mayday for its intensity---our intense emotions of grief and outrage at the recent killing of Freddie Gray, another young black man by the police, demands for justice, our outcry for the police killings of people to stop, and our resistance. Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, Justice Matters, Resistance is the only action that matters!

Come out this May Day and stand united for social & economic justice. Together we can build a movement to take back our communities .

International Workers Day in 2015, we find ourselves facing unprecedented cuts to public services including education, street and park maintenance, social services, unemployment insurance, 27 wars of choice, mismanagement of health services,  and much more. We see rapid increases in poverty including houselessness and food insecurity. We continue to experience attacks on people of color, immigrants, working families, women, students, everyday people and a right to organize.

It is time to organize and FIGHT BACK!!

People Over Profit !


We've also got some wonderful speakers and music. Great organizations will be tabling. And then we'll march along our route together yelling our chants, making our voices heard.

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Video: May Day Speeches in the Park 2012

author: Joe Anybody       e-mail:e-mail:
This is four video clips from May Day 2012 Speeches in the Park In the true spirit of May Day ~ enjoy the peoples voices

PART 1: May Day Speeches 2012

PART 2: May Day Speeches 2012

PART 3: May Day Speeches 2012

PART 4: May Day Speeches 2012

These are the speeches [only] filmed in Shemanski Park on May Day in Portland Oregon. 
May Day 2012

Around 5000 people took part in the rally and march on May Day. See pictures of the event in the JWJ photo gallery.

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