Happy May Day! The spirit of spring is here!
May Day is a big day for celebration! May 1st is International Worker’s Day; it’s the day spring turns into the pleasures of summer, and marks the dawn dances of the pagan Beltane. All in all, it’s a time for rebirth, renewal and commitment to social movements especially the Occupy Wall Street movement!
Rise up from your hibernation and roar into action! Create a May Pole for economic and social justice this May 1st!
Guide to making a social justice May Pole:
* May Pole: The May Pole is a tall pole in which ribbons are woven around by groups of dancers or non-dancers to make unique designs and patterns.
Find a location to stage your May Pole. It could either be in front of a Bank of America, the Federal Reserve Bank or auctioned home. Choose a place with a lot of public visibility. Locate a tall pole or use a patio umbrella stand. Outreach to your friends, family and local Occupy to participate in weaving the ribbons around the pole. Write on each ribbon the change you’d like to see in the world: equality, bust up big banks, stop foreclosures, tax the rich etc. You’ll need really long ribbons and a staple gun to attach to the top of the pole.
Read about the May Pole ribbon and circle dances
* Take a Mini May Pole to your local march, rally or building occupation. This is another way to get in the May Pole spirit! Just attach colored ribbons to the top of small wooden dowels or bamboo. Have each ribbon represent the change you’d like to see in the world: equality, money for jobs not war, bust up Bank of America, stop foreclosures, pink slip banks, tax the rich etc. This makes a nice visual with everyone waving them in the air.
* You can also have people make head wreaths out of florist wire and flowers, ivy, herbs. Have each ribbon weaved into the wreath your message or slogan for the day: equality, money for jobs not war, end to big banks, stop foreclosures, pink slip banks, tax the rich etc. Again, this makes for a festive display and is a good contrast to what might be perceived as a serious day filled with anger.