Re: St. Catherines Day Of Action - DAMN seeks May Day coverage

Tom Boland (
Sat, 2 May 1998 14:43:50 -0700 (PDT)

Hi, Bonnie:

Consider sending your text below to DAMN, which seeks coverage of May Day

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The Direct Action Media Network (DAMN!) is seeking new coverage in any
medium (audio, video, print, still photos) of May Day direct actions.  If
you will be attending an action or know of one planned in your community
and would like to report on the event, let us know ( and we
will help you get your report on-line, distribute it through our news
listserve ( and put it on the web.  If you have any questions
about DAMN, you can direct them to the organizational listserve
<> or to me <>.  Thanks! - Jay

>Bonnie Briggs <>
>Hi gang,
>  I, like Graeme, am another one of the "fools" who went to St.
>Catherines to shut it down. OCAP went as a part of the Postal Workers'
>contingent. The buses left the OCAP office at 4:00 am on Friday morning
>and went non-stop to the postal sorting building in St. Catherines. We
>encountered no resistance there. In fact, it was rather boring. We
>learned that, before we arrived, the truck carrying the mail to be
>sorted was turned away at the gate. As a result, there was no mail to be
>sorted. Also, before we arrived, management came and was turned away.
>There were no more challenges while we were there.
>  Our next picket was the GM plant. We learned that there were workers
>inside the building who wanted to leave and other workers who wanted to
>go in. This picket was a little more lively. OCAP was split up between
>several gates, and with our voices, two drums, plastic pails, and two
>megaphones, one musical, we tormented the workers inside the plant. We
>could, occasionally, see some of the workers walking around inside.
>Eventually, some of us left to try to find the march which had already
>started by this time. Some people stayed to turn away the 2:00 shift
>when they arrived for work. I'm not sure how that went. Graeme? I left
>with some of my friends and started walking towards the park where the
>march was slated to end. We decided that there was no point in seeking
>the march since it was almost over. So, we went directly to the park for
>the rally. They were planning to have live music, and after a few
>problems with the sound check, the Rank And File Band began to play.
>Arlene Mantle was also there and sang two songs for us. There were
>several speakers, including Buzz Hargrove, Sid Ryan, John Clarke of
>OCAP, a student from the Canadian Federation Of Students, and others.
>The Band played again and then, the march arrived! What a sight! We all
>stood up and applauded the marchers as they arrived and filled up the
>park. Everyone was singing, the banners and flags were waving, and there
>was a real sense of solidarity in that park. The announcement was made
>that it was the largest Mayday celebration in Canadian history. It was
>also announced that it was largest student showing in Canadian history.
>We kicked butt! Next stop, Kingston on June 8/98. Mark your calendars
>and join us. On to Kingston and the province-wide general strike in the
>Fall! Down with the Harris Government! Solidarity forever!

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