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Deadlines near for video contest, talent show

MayWorks-banner-ad2(April 22, 2014) — May — and MayWorks — is fast approaching! Check back soon here at The Stand for a complete list of planned events. If your union or Central Labor Council has an event celebrating labor’s culture and history that you’d like publicized in conjunction with MayWorks, email Kamaria Hightower with the details.

But now — we need you. There are some important deadlines approaching and it’s your chance to shine.

The deadline for the MayWorks amateur video contest is Friday, May 2  Friday, May 16. Prizes from $250 to $100 will be awarded to the top three videos, and they will be shared at a special presentation at the end of the month. Submit your 3- to 5-minute video entries on the theme of “We Do The Work” — including the film’s title, filmmaker’s name and union affiliation — to Kamaria Hightower, c/o Washington State Labor Council, 314 1st Ave. West, Seattle, WA, 98119. Entries can be submitted electronically via email but must be in a form that can be transferred to DVD for screenings.

(Check out last year’s video contest winners.)

The AFT Washington is hosting “Labor’s Got Talent” on Friday, May 16 at the Best Western Executive Inn near Seattle Center. Do you sing? Dance? Play an instrument? Are you a spoken-word artist or a comedian waiting to be heard? We know you’ve got talent! Now’s your chance to show it off to an appreciative audience of your sisters and brothers in solidarity. Email Tracey Whitten at the AFT Washington with a description of your performance no later than Thursday, May 1 to join the list of performers. Get more details here.

“I was reminded the other day that every movement has been accompanied by the music and art of working people,” said Lynne Dodson, Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. “From the coal mines of Colorado and West Virginia, to the factories of New England, to the farms of California — people fighting for their right to organize, for civil rights, for dignity, have sung, spoke, written, painted, and danced for inspiration, strength, and solidarity. In May, we honor the legacy of those on whose shoulders we stand, and remember that ‘it is bread we fight for, but we fight for roses, too’.”

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