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May Day Events Supporting Worker and Immigrant Rights Planned for Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Kent

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Cleveland, OH — Following years of tradition, labor unions, immigrant rights groups, and allies will gather across the country to celebrate May Day or International Workers’ Day on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Below is a round-up of May Day events taking place in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Kent, Ohio.


May Day Brunch

11am at the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers’ Center, 215 East 14th Street

The CIWC invites our community to join us in celebrating Workers and Immigrants Rights this May Day. The May Day Brunch is our annual fundraising event where members of the faith, labor, and civil rights community come together to share their support for the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center and the working people in our community. We hope you will join us in the celebration for the 5th year in a row! Come enjoy some brunch with our members and supporters Take your chances at Split the Pot and hear from our lineup of powerful speakers and awardees.

Our keynote speaker is Amy Hanauer, founding director of Policy Matters Ohio, a state-wide policy research institute that has been a staunch supporter of working people for many years. We are also excited to have City Council Member Tamaya Dennard to be our program host.

Hosted by Cincinnati Interfaith Workers’ Center (CIWC).  More information here.

May Day Walk for Immigrant Worker Justice

12:45pm at The Bell Event Center, 444 Reading Road

This May Day, join us to call on local leaders to stop deporting our families, our coworkers, and our neighbors. The May Day Walk for Immigrant Worker Justice will begin following the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers’ Center’s May Day Brunch. Folks will gather at 12:45PM outside the Bell Event Center (444 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45202) and walk through the neighborhood to call attention to those who have been deported from our community and the need for us to become a true immigrant friendly city.

Hosted by Cincinnati Interfaith Workers’ Center and Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center.  More information here.


Community May Day Rally

Noon at Buckeye Road and E. 116th Street

May Day is the traditional day to support workers across the country and around the world. Here in Cleveland, unions and community groups are rallying with the residents of Buckeye, which is among our city’s forgotten neighborhoods on this day. The workers here have seen their community decimated by not only divestment but also by low wages. This neighborhood has been turned into a food desert, a transit desert and a medical desert by the investment in our city in low wage jobs that don’t pay enough to sustain a family or a community. We are standing together today to raise our city, our communities and our families by putting workers first!

Hosted by Camilo José Villa.  More information here.

May Day Immigrant Rights Action

2pm at the Carl B. Stokes United States Courthouse, 801 W. Superior Avenue

The US Department of Justice targets immigrant children with an undocumented parent, hard working immigrants, Muslims, and refugees. The USDOJ orders workplace raids, jails pregnant women “w/o papers,” stakes out courthouses, and sues sanctuary cities. Let’s call them out, in Cleveland, on May Day! Help deliver the “People’s Indictment of the DOJ.” Join the Caravan/Public Transit to U.S. Department of Justice from the Community May Day Rally to Downtown Cleveland USDOJ office at the People’s federal courthouse.

Hosted by IRTF – The InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network.  More information here.


May Day March: Support Student Workers

1pm at Kent State USAS Local #27, 1075 Risman Drive (Kent Student Center)

Meet outside the USAS office (229 Student Center) to join us in our Living Wage March! We will be marching through campus, passing through various dining halls, and showing our support for all student and campus workers!

What would a living wage mean to you? Please feel free to bring signs or use one of ours.

Hosted by Kent State USAS Local #27.  More information here.