Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bartertown Diner to host benefit dinner for MayDay 2012 Celebration!

Grand Rapids, MI - Local worker-run, union affiliated gourmet restaurant will be opening its doors for a special event Tuesday, March 13 at 7 and 9 pm. Bartertown chefs will be creating a special 3 course meal while IWW members serve costumers. The event is a benefit to raise funds for the 3rd annual MayDay Celebration in Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Dinners are $25 per person and can be acquired from the IWW or at Bartertown Diner, 6 Jefferson St.

For the last 2 years the closest Saturday to May 1st MLK Park has been reserved for a community celebration. Hundreds of people from the community have come to the park for food, entertainment, and resources to organize for a better Grand Rapids and society. This year the celebration will take place April 28th at Martin Luther King Jr. Park from 12 noon to 8 pm. There will be a diverse group of acts from solo to rap to rock. There will continue to be a community potluck from 12-2 and food provided by Food Not Bombs and Bartertown Diner. This year will also see another Really, Really Free Market at the park where people can give and take items at no cost. Money from the benefit dinner will go to securing the park, insurance, and a sound system for the celebration.

International Workers Day May 1 (May Day) is a holiday celebrated around the world in remembrance of the Haymarket Martyrs and the fight for the 8 hour day. MayDay actions continue today in the belief being that the great working class upsurge that brought sweeping changes to labor in the last century is whats needed now in this century.

“At $25 per person people have the opportunity to enjoy a great meal by amazing, IWW chefs while at the same time contributing to building a tradition of community celebrations at MLK Park for May Day,” said Alisa Stone Secretary-Treasurer of the Grand Rapids Branch.

Tickets can be purchased at:
Bartertown Diner - 6 Jefferson St. (616) 233-3219
Grand Rapids IWW - (616)881-5263

Gaining prominence in recent years for organizing Starbucks workers, the Industrial Workers of the World is a global union founded over a century ago for all working people.

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