14th Annual Labor Day Celebration and Open House

August 28, 2017

Our 14th Annual Labor Day Celebration and Open House is Monday, September 4th from 4:30 to 7 (or so) pm for an Open House at the Solidarity Center in Brewer – we’ll provide the live music, local burgers and hot dogs, and lots of pot luck sides and desserts. Check out the hall’s improved landscaping and new raised bed garden, and the greenhouse which is currently full of hot peppers that we sell to local restaurants.

This is an opportunity to reflect on the best ways working people can come together to build an economy that works for all of us. Along with local labor leaders, our featured speaker this year is Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants – CWA, AFL-CIO.

We’ll be presenting the first annual Dan Lawson Memorial Solidarity Award to John Curtis of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 391, Community Union of Ellsworth, and Trustee of Eastern Maine Labor Council.

We’ll also highlight our Solidarity Harvest Thanksgiving meal basket donation program; talk about a SNAP recipient survey that we participated in this summer; announce our upcoming Leadership Program; and talk about Medicaid expansion, which will be on the ballot this November.

Food AND Medicine’s outreach to Maine’s Congressional delegation to protect healthcare and tax fairness will also be highlighted. These weekly visits since January contributed to Senator Collins’ healthcare vote.

Live music is always part of our Labor Day Celebrations! This year, we are excited to present singer, songwriter, producer, musician and activist Valerie Orth as our special guest. An excerpt from her bio is below; check out her website for more information and to see her newest video.

Valerie is a prolific alt-pop songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer with a strong, feminist sense of self. She’s a powerful singer, and as Music Existence writes, Valerie is “more than just a pretty voice. She is a force to be reckoned with.”

As Vents Magazine comments, Valerie “embraces her boldness on her stunning new EP.” The significance of Wake You lies directly at her activist roots and purpose as a songwriter: inspiring her listeners to make a change.

Enjoy some brotherhood (and sisterhood!) and celebrate the contributions of working people and our freedom to join a union.

Bring the family, bring your favorite salad, side dish, dessert or beverage. It’s helpful to RSVP by calling  949-4141, or FAM at 989-5860, or respond to the Facebook event or this email. Feel free to invite friends and share the event. We look forward to seeing you!

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