From May Poles to Revolution: May Day and the Celebration of Workers

Saturday, April 28
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

May Day and the Celebration of Workers

Why is May 1 celebrated as a day for workers? Why is it a statutory holiday in most countries, but not in the US, where it was first taken up as a day for labour? How has it been celebrated in BC, and what is its significance today?

Join us for this lecture by SFU labour historian and co-author of May Day: A Graphic History of Protest, Mark Leier, who will examine these questions in an informal, illustrated talk to help us think about radical roots and future possibilities.​ We will also have a documentary screening of Catch The Westbound Train, highlighting the unique history of The Great Depression in Vancouver and the influx of transient men that arrived with it, and their effect on today.

This event is free but space is limited. Registration is available for this program online, in person at the library, or by phone at 604-436-5400.