‘One Day in July’ Festival featuring Guante + Brother Ali

One Day in July flyer“ONE DAY IN JULY”

A Street Festival for the Working Class. Remembering 1934–When Minneapolis Became a Union Town. Saturday, July 25, 7th Av N & 3rd St N, Minneapolis Warehouse District

Union activists. “One Day in July” street festival will highlight union courage, culture and sacrifices through music and history.

Youthful supporters of the struggles of union labor will gather again at a street festival and concert they are calling a “counter-Aquatennial” in the Minneapolis Warehouse District on Saturday, July 25 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the historic 1934 Teamster strikes. Headlining the event is famed Minneapolis Hip Hop artist Brother Ali, joined by other volunteer local performers including El Guante, City on the Make, Two Tone Runts, Brass Kings, Mic Crensha, Ellis and Best Bitch in Show.

The festival site at 7th Ave N and 3rd St N is one block away from an intersection where Minneapolis police gunned down 67 strikers on Friday July 20, 1934. Two strikers died of their wounds. “We will never forget the sacrifices the strikers made,” says Jim McGuire, coordinator of the festival and a union shop steward. “After the strike was won, Minneapolis became one of the strongest union cities in the country. We have been benefiting ever since.” “We call our One Day In July celebration the counter-Aquatennial,” McGuire says. “The Minneapolis Aquatennial was created in 1940 by business interests concerned about the tens of thousands of working people who flocked to annual summer picnics organized by the Teamsters union, heard pro-labor speeches and celebrated union culture. At One Day in July, we take back our working class history, culture and traditions.”

Over 1,000 attended the first One Day In July celebration in 2004 on the 70th anniversary of the Teamster labor battles. Headlined by The Strike, City Pages named it “Best Street Festival of 2004.” Organizers expect a larger attendance this summer as a devastating economic crisis creates a renewed interest in unions on the part of younger workers.

Join us in the warehouse district for music and memories on the anniversary of the 1934 Minneapolis truckers strike and the bloody police riot that caused the death of two strikers and the wounding of 65 more. Food and beverage vendors * Exhibits * Information. Honor the working class heroes of yesterday and today! “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”

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