Over 300 came to enjoy performances from Moqapi Selassie, Transit Trix and Broken Dialect.
There was face-painting and a bouncy castle for kids and queues at Mrs P.Patel's ever popular mehndi,
International Workers' Day speakers from Swaziland & Philippines, Indian Workers Association, UCU union and Asbestos Support.
Tuesday 1st May 2012, the 18th FREE annual event free entry
Vincent Dlamini, Secretary-General of Swaziland's National Allied and Public Service Workers Union
- he will highlight the struggle of banned trade unions in Africa’s last absolute monarchy. Swaziland has been in a state of emergency for the past 39 years. Political parties are banned, critics are systematically arrested and beaten up by police and freedom of expression is severely curtailed.
Penny Welch Chairperson West Midlands UCU union
Yvonne Washbourne West Midlands Asbestos Support
Jamima Fagta Kanlungan Filipino Alliance
Indian Workers Association
Rastafari dub poet. Born and raised in Birmingham. Performing since 1984. Selected and deejayed on sound systems like Earthquake and Jah Shanti sound from outta Small Heath Birmingham back in the day. Presenter of Word Sound Power on www.banturadio.com Fridays 6 to 8 Gmt playing roots and culture revives and the Poetry Corner. Worked voluntarily in the Ethiopian World Federation Local 111 Power of the Trinity since 1981. Founder member of the Conscious Poets Society and the New October Poets Society. Published in Five Birmingham Poets Book. Performed in the groundbreaking "Word Temple" directed by Amani Naphthali. Directed documentary entitled "Sumbrumpoets" featuring Martin Glynn, Birry, Mandisa and Kokumo. Tutor on Afrikan Studies Course in Birmingham. Moqapi Selassie's one man show Blackheart Man
Broken Dialect video of local rappers Broken Dialect at March 26th demo, watch out for our flag at the start!
One Love International Sound System from Frontline 106.3FM
free Asian vegetarian food
free mendhi free bouncy castle free face-painting
all on Tuesday 1st May 2012
stalls - Venezeula Solidarity ampaign, Cuba Solidairty campaign, UNISON International Committee, West Midlands Asbestos Support Group, Morning Star, Palestine Solidarity, Filipino Alliance, Indian Workers Association, trade unions, Communist Party, Hope Not Hate, UAF, Mary Seacole Appeal, Amnesty International - contact us to book a stall