Workers Day Wolverhampton May 1st 2012

contact for details of next planning meeting @Pegasus to start organising 1st May 2013


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

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 speeches from:

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



Moqapi Selassie


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 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!



Transit Trix B-Boy & B-Girl breakers back by popular request after storming the last few Workers’ Day festivals.   Hip Hop Expressive Arts Organisation  promoting the positive side of Hip Hop Culture & its Arts.  As a collective they have big aspirations to building a positive future for there community through the means of entertainment & education. TT’s committee: Keith Fraser, Darren Fairclough, Carol Nedrick; Money B is the main B-boy tutor alongside Dale & Sunny B who help as facilitators. The crew get a lot of support from the families that attend the classes, trainee crew performers & old school breakers from Wolverhampton especially Hanifa Queen UK’s 1st B-Girl (previously known as B-Girl Bubbles). The crew have been about since 2004. TT are actively seeking new crew members that would like to represent Wolverhampton in B-Boying / B-Girling. This Athletes Art Form is very demanding and we train almost every day, so only the strong and passionate need only apply.  If you would like to contact us email us on

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


Transit Trix: Beginners Class (Ages 3-12)

Transit Trix: Breakdance Beginners’ Community Class (Over 12s)

Transit Trix: Breakdance Intermediates’ Community Class

if you want to help organise email us
Wolverhampton Workers Day 1st May 2011 event   details of other previous events
this is a free event paid for by donations from trade union branches and local supporters and organised by volunteers
– donations to Wolverhampton May Day Committee c/o POBox 2917, Wolverhampton WV2 2YA.
we need to raise about £1,800 each year to stage the event in its current form


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