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Celebrate and demonstrate: An organised dancers’ presence at May Day 2016

Image credit: May Day festivities at National Park Seminary in Maryland, 1907. Photograph: Creative Commons/Library of CongressImage credit: May Day festivities at National Park Seminary in Maryland, 1907. Photograph: Creative Commons/Library of Congress

Sunday 1st May, 11.30am
Meet outside Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Clerkenwell Green

This Sunday dancers will be out in force demonstrating at London’s May Day Rally.

May Day is a recognised day of protest for workers all over the world. It’s not just another bank holiday as Richard Seymour explains in this article.

Dancers, artists, workers and lovers of spring,
This is an invitation to participate in the May Day parade,
To walk alongside other workers in solidarity,
As companions in protest against precarity, austerity and marginalisation.
If you can join us, help us, carry a placard, let us know.

This year Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell will be addressing the demo and Equity member Carolyn Roy has helped create 30 amazing placards for dancers to march with.

They will read:

THIS DANCERS’ MOVEMENT
THIS DANCER’S STAND
THIS DANCER’S PROTEST
THIS DANCER’S WORK
THIS DANCER’S VOICE
THIS DANCER’S UNION

We will also be handing out these flyers:

CELEBRATE AND DEMONSTRATE

THIS DANCERS’ MOVEMENT
Celebrates solidarity with other workers and our community.
THIS DANCERS’ MOVEMENT
Reclaims our cultural value.
THIS DANCERS’ MOVEMENT
Demonstrates against austerity, insecurity and isolation of dancers.

THIS DANCER’S STAND
Against low pay and no pay contracts.
THIS DANCER’S STAND
For decent work on decent wages, on union contracts.
THIS DANCER’S STAND
Against pressure to work for exposure but no money.

THIS DANCER’S PROTEST
To be recognised as workers.
THIS DANCER’S PROTEST
To end the requirement of paying to work
THIS DANCER’S PROTEST
Against subsidising projects by accepting low and no pay.

THIS DANCER’S WORK
Takes total physical, emotional and mental commitment.
THIS DANCER’S WORK
Demands flexibility in body, mind and location.
THIS DANCER’S WORK
Requires years of training, professionalism and skill.

THIS DANCER’S VOICE
Demands respect for our specialized and versatile work.
THIS DANCER’S VOICE
Demands union contracts and rates of pay.
THIS DANCER’S VOICE
Demands an end to unsafe working conditions.

THIS DANCER’S UNION
Is fighting for fair pay, terms and conditions, safe working environments, physical, emotional and mental health.
DANCERS: JOIN YOUR UNION TODAY, BE PART OF OUR MOVEMENT

This organised dancers’ effort is part of Equity’s co-ordinated official presence this year.

If you have any suggestions of songs to march and dance to on the rally, write to Flora by the end of today, Saturday 30 April.

Join us!

CONTACTS
Carolyn Roy: carolynroyplatform@gmail.com
Flora Wellesley Wesley: floramww@gmail.com

INFO
MAY DAY DANCERS’ PRESENCE FB EVENT
LONDON MAY DAY WEBSITE for info on timings, speakers and route.

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