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Get ready for an even bigger, better MayWorks celebration

Special to The Stand

MayWorksSEATTLE (Feb. 25, 2013) — MayWorks, an annual month-long celebration of workers’ culture and history first organized in 2012 by Washington’s labor movement, is organizing an even larger series of events for May 2013.

Washington Works, inspired by MayWorks, will be the central cultural focus at the Northwest Folklife Festival on Memorial Day weekend. It will feature performances, exhibits, panels, presentations, labor folklore videos, films, and demonstrations of craft traditions from a wide range of trades and local communities.

The MayWorks planning committee is also working to coordinate and inspire MayWorks events throughout May all over Washington.

MayWorks-facebookMore information will be posted as it emerges at the MayWorks Facebook page at  The MayWorks Planning Committee urges those interested in attending or organizing events to “Like” the page and share it with their friends and organizations.

Labor councils and labor organizations recently received a letter from Washington State Labor Council executive officers Jeff Johnson and Lynne Dodson about activities — including a video contest! — and ways to get out the word about MayWorks to their members and the community. The letter urged labor organizations to:

Promote the video contest  — See last year’s video contest winners, please distribute the video-contest flyer (please use a union printer!), and direct people to the MayWorks Facebook page (see above).

Assign a representative to the MayWorks Committee — The WSLC is looking for people to help plan and coordinate this year’s events.

Plan a local event — We’ve attached a list of some suggested MayWorks activities – it could be as simple as a labor movie night, or as complex as a reception and concert.

Donate to MayWorks — Your donation will help defray production, performer, and publicity costs for this year’s MayWorks activities. Send your contributions to the WSLC at 314 First Ave. West, Seattle, WA, 98119.

For more information email Kamaria Hightower or call her at 206.254.4913.

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