So many wonderful people gathered for a festival of solidarity at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago. These images and videos illustrate the wonderful celebration that was accomplished by our great volunteers.
Special thanks to Marc Ritterbush who completed the graphic artistry for our substantial commemorative booklet. If you would like a copy of this booklet, we will send you 1-2 copies for a $10 donation (motherjonesmuseum.org/donate) while supplies last.
Sara Nelson, President of Association of Flight Attendants- CWA, AFL-CIO speaking at the Mother Jones May Day Birthday Party, May 1, 2022. (You need facebook to view the videos).
And Sara even sang Happy Birthday to our own Brigid Duffy!
We are grateful to Paddy Homan, who sang this great rendition of Joe Hill at the event, as well as other songs from his repertoire
Below Sara Nelson with Mary Lou Edwards, who presented the tribute to Helen Ramirez-Odell, pictured in one of the ad tributes to her from the May Day event. Helen was a leading member of the statue committee, whose loss we mourn. Helen was a leader in the fight for a statue, inspired us all, was our steadfast friend, a leader in the CTU women's committee. Seated on the right is Helen's daughter Moira, who also lost her father this week. We extend our heartfelt sympathies and we will remember Helen as we move forward. We thank everyone for honoring Helen's memory, and we will continue to honor her as we go forward.
We awarded fine art giclee reproductions of Lindsay Hand's "Chicago March, 1915" at our May Day Birthday Party event (wrapped in protective covering). We are so grateful to these large donors, including Chicago Painters District Council 14Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers ADC 1 of IL, Chicago Teachers Union #1, Chicago Federation of Labor, United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers Local 11 Sprinkler Fitters 281. We are grateful to all our donors. And so glad that by spreading this art, we spread knowledge of Mother Jones. Thanks Lindsay Hand and the Consulate General of Ireland, Chicago for the grant that funded the original oil art. Lindsay Hand was unable to join us as originally planned, but she sent personal greetings for all the recipients.