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


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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