This blog was created to help facilitate the planning of and carrying out of events in the Las Vegas area marking the annual May Day holiday, which celebrates the contributions of laborers, migrant workers, and other groups throughout the world that are often overlooked or marginalized within society. It is commonly referred to as the International Workers' Day and the original Labor Day and is celebrated annually on May 1st.
This year there are three main groups involved in organizing May Day events in Las Vegas, UCIR, Mecha de UNLV, and Occupy Las Vegas. If you are interested in getting involved with the organizing of May Day events, you can do so through any of these groups. In addition, any groups or individuals are welcome to contact us to help plan May Day in Las Vegas and/or offer any related proposals/feedback. Full contact information, as well as schedules (as they are finalized), are available on our contact page.
The United Coalition for Im/migrant Rights (UCIR) is an alliance of several organizations and individuals seeking to
advance and protect the civil and human rights of im/migrants. Our
projects and events hope to unite the community in eradicating all
discriminatory forces in society and integrating the im/migrant
community with the rest of society based on the principles of justice,
freedom, and equality. We organize through community-based programs,
community empowerment, political empowerment, research, public policy,
and the egalitarian distribution of public services.
M.E.Ch.A. de UNLV (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan) is
dedicated to using our resources to meet the needs of our Chicana &
Chicano communities. M.E.Ch.A’s spirit of activism and
self-determination is conduced within experience and expression for the
betterment of our Peoples. We continue our traditions and cultures as
Chicanas/os de Aztlan. We continue fighting for social justice in all
the arenas of our lives. MEChA de UNLV is committed to ending oppression
in all of its forms and is committed to always maintaining a safe space
for all individuals regardless of gender, sexuality, status, identity
and any other discernible characteristic(s).
Occupy Las Vegas is the local incarnation of the Occupy Wall St. movement, which in turn descended from the Arab Spring. We acknowledge that the power and influence of the 1% are maintained by
systems of oppression based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion,
nationality, sexual orientation, disability or illness, and house,
employment or immigration status. We seek to replace these corrupt systems, not reform them. Any
reforms would just be temporary measures designed to placate the people.
We acknowledge that this is a necessary struggle between the oppressed and oppressors.