The Workers Ride: Solidarity for Campus Workers and Working Class Radicalism in Chicago

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by Dan Stuckey of BicyclePrinter

This May Day weekend radical bike ride will feature the current struggles and historical context of UIC and Columbia, told from the perspectives of a student, staff, and faculty member and culminating in stump speeches, rally calls, a bit of poetics shouted from a bullhorn.

After the colleges, we’ll be tying higher ed workers to workers everywhere by meeting at the Haymarket Memorial, where we’ll hear from Sharon Smith, author of Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States, perform human mic poetry lead by UIC United Faculty Local 6456’s Scott McFarland and his new book, O Human Microphone, and get riled up with the Haymarket martyrs’ speeches with Brit Schulte as August Spies, Ashley Bohrer as Albert Parsons, and Emmanuel Gutierrez as George Engel. 

Stage 1: UIC, Hull House, 800 S. Halsted St. (or 1030 W. Van Buren – same thing) 1 p.m.
Stage 2: Columbia, 600 S. Michigan, 2 p.m.
Stage 3: Haymarket Memorial, 175 N. Desplaines St., 3 p.m.

Brought to you by CACHE and Chicago Higher Education Week of Rage May 1-8.
Be there or be squarely in the red.

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