Sunday, June 29, 2008

Ginger Goodwin Memorial Day





I went to Miner's Memorial Day in Cumberland this
June 27
th. There were over 200 people there, mainly
from the unions, the NDP and the Communist
Party.
We had a ceremony at
Ginger Goodwin's grave
and
Gord Carter, a Cumberland singer/song writer
sang about Ginger and
the miners.
I met IWW members from Vancouver,
Victoria and Portland. The Portland
Wob laid some flowers
on Miner's Row, a mass grave of miners
too badly
burned to be recognized. Also met a group
of young socialists from
Fight Back.

Later we had a supper in a hall next to the Cumberland
Museum and
there was a lot of good music. My friends
Jim and Janette and I even
got to do the Ginger Goodwin Song,
a poem that I had found and that
we set to music.

All-in-all a fine time and made a lot of contacts

For More info on Ginger Goodwin See
http://www.carpentersunionbc.com/Pages/gingergoodwin.html

3 Comments:

Blogger Renegade Eye said...

It looked like a good event. I'd like to have been there.

Is this the first time you met Fightback?

8:11 PM  
Blogger Larry Gambone said...

Wish you could have made it! It was a good event, uniting a broad spectrum of working class politics. This is the first time I have encountered Fightback. Their speech at the grave site was the only revolutionary one and I complemented the speaker for it. Fightback is made up of really young people, like the SDS folks I met back in April and the anarchists I met in Santiago, Chile. They invited me back to their camp to attend the meeting they were putting on, but I could not go, seeing as I was attending the dinner and music. They and the IWW were the most militant of the socialist groups in attendance. Next year I plan to camp out as a large section of a campground was filled with people who went to the event.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Graeme said...

Great pictures! Looks like it was a great time.

2:37 AM  

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