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Shemanski Park

1010 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97203, US (map)

Future events happening here

  • Monday
    May 1 2017
    May Day 2017 - All Power to the People: Rise Up, Resist, Unite - March and Rally
    free

    Shemanski Park

    Gather at Noon Rally at 2 PM March at 3 PM

    Yes, this year we're marching. :-)

    Make a donation to help support #MayDayPDX 2017: http://bit.ly/PDXMayDay

    Check out this pinned post to see organizations in the Portland May Day Coalition: http://bit.ly/PDXMayDayCoalition

    We are at a moment a long time in the making: hundreds of years of escalating violence targeting the peoples whose labor and struggles form the very foundation of life as we know it have culminated in fascism seizing the world’s highest seat of power and unleashing an all-out assault upon us all.

    Every day brings word of new outrages: mass deportations tearing apart undocumented families, indiscriminate travel bans targeting entire faiths, communities displaced and turned out into the streets to make way for the mega-rich, police gunning down children, women and queer and trans folks unsafe in their own neighborhoods, corporate-backed violence inflicted upon indigenous peoples protecting their ancestral lands and the resources every living thing on earth needs to survive, and militarized police and private security forces armed with terrifying weapons turned loose upon all those who resist. This is a time of shock and awe - a moment in which our collective future feels uncertain and the very future of life on this planet is at stake.

    In these dark times, hope can feel impossible - but hope we must. The entire history of humanity and of worker-led movements in this country and every country on the planet shows that we can survive this. That we are all alive to fight today is undeniable proof that a people united and organized can overcome impossible odds. We are each the wildest dreams of ancestors who lived, fought, and died so we could be alive in this moment. Together, and only together, we have the power to win.

    It isn’t fascism that has the power. It isn’t the imperialists, or the capitalists, or the colonizers, or the ruling class, or the bosses, or the landlords that have the power either. It’s us. The power of those who oppress us is an illusion that crumbles as soon as we rise up, unite, and fight. It is the dispossessed, oppressed, and marginalized masses of poor and working people who are the makers and shapers of history. We always have been. What happens next is up to us.

    This year, as we face a rising fascism and a dying imperialism, the Portland May Day Coalition calls upon every worker, every renter, every artist, every immigrant, every student, every teacher, every parent, every child, every union, every organizer, and every progressive, radical, and revolutionary organization in the city of Portland to rise up, resist, and unite with us on May 1st.

    Note: Portapotties will be available. March route is accessible. Event is permitted.

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  • May Day Walking Meditation

    Shemanski Park

    Buddhist Peace Fellowship of Portland offers a walking meditation led by Rev. Jayna Gieber, Meditation Teacher in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. The group will circle Shemanski Park during the hour before the May Day Rally begins. We will leave peaceful footprints all around the park as we rise up, resist, unite. Set intentions for a day bending toward justice, a day of solidarity with immigrants, Muslims, people of color, LGBTQI, unhoused people, and all who are threatened by the rule of a war-mongering billionaire class. May all beings be safe.

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  • Mayday school walkout

    We are calling all Beaverton students, middle school, high school and college to stand up in solidarity on May 1st. We are asking that everyone does NOT go to school or that you leave during school and attend the Mayday Anti Capitalist march at shemanski park in downtown Portland at 1pm. We are also asking that everyone wears black to remain anonymous.

    May 1st is our day, the day were us, the students make a stance and fight against fascism, racism, white supremacy, homophobia, islamophobia and Trump.

    Website
  • May Day Anti-Capitalist March

    Shemanski Park

    Mayday is quickly approaching! . As Anarchists and Radicals we have a different view of May Day than those hosting the permitted march. . This will be at the same time as the permitted march. We'll respect the organizers and people of the permitted march to a point, then we shall do our own thing.... It would be ideal to actually form a bloc this May Day for our own safety. That means we stick together and we watch each other's backs. . We have so much to be angry about this May Day, from local police killing children in the streets to the fascist cheeto President and the appalling movement he has revitalized. We would like to voice this anger, and we know we are not alone. For 131 years May Day has been the moment that we can stand proud as radicals and share our visions of a better future in which we are all bonded as true equals. It has also been the moment that we fight for that future. May Day was born of our comrades blood that was spilled in May of 1886, and it's fire is fed with every new atrocity such as that of #QuaniceHayes' murder. May Day belongs to everyone and no one. . We recommend that people wear all black, as well as masks, for your safety from the cops as well as fascists. It shows everyone we are in solidarity with everyone else present.

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  • May Day 2017 Revolutionary Youth & Family Zone

    Shemanski Park

    CALLING ALL YOUTH, KIDS, FAMILIES, & CAREGIVERS

    The Portland May Day Coalition 2017 invites you to join the REVOLUTIONARY YOUTH & FAMILY ZONE

    at this year's May Day march & rally in the spirit of this year's May Day theme:

    ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE: RISE UP, RESIST, UNITE!

    What this looks like:

    A large area in the SW corner of Shemanski Park will be reserved specifically for kids, youth, and families to have their own autonomous space, separate from the more adult-oriented rest of the rally, but definitely still in the thick of things.

    The Revolutionary Youth & Family zone will be a family-friendly space--to us, this means: pro-kid, pro-family (any type of family), and abstaining from "f*ck the police" type messaging (unless it comes from the youth themselves) Keeping it age-appropriate without diluting or censoring is our goal!

    We are here to support kids and youth and their parents/caregivers in participating in the global revolutionary gravity of a day like May Day. We are modeling at all times. We are here in the spirit of abolishing white supremacy, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy!

    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. There will be an area for revolutionary sign-making and an area for the making of homemade noisemakers (both for the march!), as well as plenty of snacks/water and blankets to spread out on. For those younger (or not!), we are hoping to also hoping to have face paint, bubbles, etc.

    The Revolutionary Youth & Family Zone committee is also seeking youth who would like to be a part of the planning/development process right up until May 1! Please send a PM for more information about how to get involved!

    We are also excited and fortunate to be working alongside some rad and visionary youth from Momentum Alliance, whose perspective as older youth social justice organizers is critical, inspiring, and invaluable.

    Volunteers from organizations participating in the May Day Coalition PDX 2017 will be present helping with the making of signs and noisemakers, coordinating snacks, watching out for general safety of youth and children, helping with the implementation of their ideas and youth-appropriate political discussion.

    Volunteers will NOT be one-on-one with a child who is not their own, helping with bathroom, etc. Primary caregivers should not be dropping children off daycare-style, but will be either remaining in the youth & family zone OR within eyesight/easy access nearby. Caregivers will be responsible for their children, ultimately, as we will be there to facilitate education, fun, and safety. Caregivers will sign in with name and phone number when they arrive at the zone so that if need be, we can contact them about their children.

    For primary caregivers/parents: Please plan to be close to your child, if younger, in the Y&F zone. Volunteers will be there for extra eyes, to lead activities, play with the kids, help them make signs, learn songs or chants. Please know that you will need to be responsible for your child, children.

    The march, following the rally, will be led by the youth, kids, families, and caregivers to send a strong message that youth and families can never be an afterthought, but that they ARE the revolution, they are the future, and we are all responsible for the world they grow into. It will also help set a slower and more manageable pace for the march.

    Y&F Zone volunteers will keep this area a place for kids, youth, and families. This will include towing water/snacks, leading songs/chants, adjusting the pace if need be, and helping to make sure no one co-opts the front of the march.

    Voz Worker Education Project holds the permit for this event, so the liability is also on them. Let's make sure we make it as smooth as possible!

    See you in the streets May 1st at Shemanski Park!

    Rally, Youth and Family Zone at 2 PM March at 3 PM

    ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE! ALL POWER TO THE YOUTH! RISE UP, RESIST, UNITE!

    Website

Past events that happened here

  • Wednesday
    Jan 19 0005
    May Day 2017 - All Power to the People: Rise Up, Resist, Unite - March and Rally
    free

    Shemanski Park

    Gather at Noon Rally at 2 PM March at 3 PM

    Yes, this year we're marching. :-)

    Make a donation to help support #MayDayPDX 2017: http://bit.ly/PDXMayDay

    Check out this pinned post to see organizations in the Portland May Day Coalition: http://bit.ly/PDXMayDayCoalition

    We are at a moment a long time in the making: hundreds of years of escalating violence targeting the peoples whose labor and struggles form the very foundation of life as we know it have culminated in fascism seizing the world’s highest seat of power and unleashing an all-out assault upon us all.

    Every day brings word of new outrages: mass deportations tearing apart undocumented families, indiscriminate travel bans targeting entire faiths, communities displaced and turned out into the streets to make way for the mega-rich, police gunning down children, women and queer and trans folks unsafe in their own neighborhoods, corporate-backed violence inflicted upon indigenous peoples protecting their ancestral lands and the resources every living thing on earth needs to survive, and militarized police and private security forces armed with terrifying weapons turned loose upon all those who resist. This is a time of shock and awe - a moment in which our collective future feels uncertain and the very future of life on this planet is at stake.

    In these dark times, hope can feel impossible - but hope we must. The entire history of humanity and of worker-led movements in this country and every country on the planet shows that we can survive this. That we are all alive to fight today is undeniable proof that a people united and organized can overcome impossible odds. We are each the wildest dreams of ancestors who lived, fought, and died so we could be alive in this moment. Together, and only together, we have the power to win.

    It isn’t fascism that has the power. It isn’t the imperialists, or the capitalists, or the colonizers, or the ruling class, or the bosses, or the landlords that have the power either. It’s us. The power of those who oppress us is an illusion that crumbles as soon as we rise up, unite, and fight. It is the dispossessed, oppressed, and marginalized masses of poor and working people who are the makers and shapers of history. We always have been. What happens next is up to us.

    This year, as we face a rising fascism and a dying imperialism, the Portland May Day Coalition calls upon every worker, every renter, every artist, every immigrant, every student, every teacher, every parent, every child, every union, every organizer, and every progressive, radical, and revolutionary organization in the city of Portland to rise up, resist, and unite with us on May 1st.

    Website