May Day

May Day History

In a proclamation printed just before May 1, 1886, one publisher appealed to working people with this plea:

Workingmen to Arms!

War to the Palace, Peace to the Cottage, and Death to LUXURIOUS IDLENESS.

The wage system is the only cause of the World’s misery. It is supported by the rich classes, and to destroy it, they must be either made to work or DIE.

One pound of DYNAMITE is better than a bushel of BALLOTS!

MAKE YOUR DEMAND FOR EIGHT HOURS with weapons in your hands to meet the capitalistic bloodhounds, police, and militia in proper manner.

Not surprisingly the entire city was prepared for mass bloodshed, reminiscent of the railroad strike a decade earlier when police and soldiers gunned down hundreds of striking workers. On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history.

IWW May Day History

Frau Fiber wants you
to March with the Garment Workers Center!  Monday May 1, International Workers Day.  Meet 10:30 am @
UCLA Labor Center    to join LA Resist.

http://weresist.la/#thanks 

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Black Friday Mend America Stitch In

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Please join Frau Fiber and the Long Beach Faux Frau’s for 
The Black Friday Mend America Stitch In. 

Frau Fiber made the pledge to Mend America (see below), this is her first action in support of that pledge!

All are welcome, to join us for a durational hands on vigil to Mend America.
Friday Nov. 25, 2016@ ILGWU 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA, 12-9 pm. 

We will present a series of Peace Work Activities:

  • Deconstruct / Reconstruct: an opportunity for us to re-make the American flag using reclaimed textiles.
  • Mending America: a large-scale textile map of America which will be hand stitched by participants.
  • Letter writing and calling resources: we will have on hand a list of who to call and write to, so you can let your voice be heard.

This is an open space for critical, constructive and solution oriented conversations and

Free Soup!  BYOB

For those of you outside the region, please unite with us by hosting an event in your community.

Yours in Solidarity
Frau Fiber

Pledge to Mend America

I pledge my life to mending America by being a watchful and vigilant community member; peacefully and firmly fighting racism, sexism, and oppression; crafting spaces where all people are welcome; to continue to create change through call to actions, skill sharing, sewing, and mending; and to persistently persevere in spite of the seemingly futility of it all.

Frau Fiber
9 November 2016

Celebrate International Workers Day

Celebrate International Workers’ Day @ ILGWU
Sunday May 1, 5- 9 pm.
322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA

 

My fellow anarchists, socialists, communists and revolutionaries, you are invited to join Frau Fiber and Kate Dollenmayer (filmmaker and film archivist at the Wende Museum of Cold War) in celebrating laborers and worker’s movements from around the world!  Our celebration will feature; scarf making, egg decorating, hand message, communist educational films and snacks appropriate for the occasion.

Cambodian garment factory workers toil at the W&D garment factory, just southeast of Phnom Penh, April 28, 2004. Cambodia's garment industry has grown from 49 factories in 1996 to more than 200 factories today, employing 240,000 people. But as the end approaches for a special deal between the United States and Cambodia linking labor rights to trade quotas the workers are worried for their futures. (AP Photo/Isabelle Lesser)

5-6 pm, Frau Fiber will lead a worker’s scarf making workshop.

Sorbian Easter Egg Scratch Technique

6-7 pm, Kate will project a 1954 film demonstrating traditional Easter egg decoration among the Sorbs, a Slavic culture in eastern Germany and Poland. This technique is similar to Pysanky, the Ukrainian method of Easter egg decoration.  May 1st also marks Eastern Orthodox Easter (Pascha) this year, we’ll try our hand at pysanky too.

 

7-8 pm, Frau Fiber will lead a workshop on hand massage to heal hard working hands.

Sewing Technician

8-9 pm, will project films from the Wende Museum’s collection of communist educational and industrial media and home movies. We’ll watch short films made for television in the 1970s and 1980s to introduce young people to trades in the textile industry.

RSVP fraufiber@gmail.com