Labor Supporters To March With Red Bandana Brigade in Annual Honk! Festival Parade

Are you a union member? Pro-labor person? March with the Red Bandana Brigade in the annual Honk! Festival on Sun, Oct. 7. This is an opportunity to get labor's message out to thousands of people!

For the past six years union members and pro-working class people have marched in the annual Honk! Festival Parade under the banner of the Red Bandana Brigade!  

Red bandanas were worn by miners in the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain -- the largest armed uprising in American labor history -- when between 10,000 and 15,000 coal miners confronted company-paid private detectives in an effort to unionize the southwestern West Virginia mines.  During the battle, coal miners wore red bandanas around their necks to identify themselves as union supporters.

Our Red Bandana Brigade keeps that militant spirit alive by wearing red bandanas and marching in the Honk! parade to spread labor's message to thousands of people in Somerville and Cambridge who will be watching!

This year, we will once again march in the Honk! parade under the banner, "An Injury to One Is an Injury to All!"   Bring your own labor banner and posters.  

This year's parade is on Sunday, October 7 from 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm.  As in years past, we will assemble in Davis Square at 11:30 AM and march down Elm Street, onto Beech Street, and then down Mass Ave to the Oktoberfest in Harvard Square. Visit us on Facebook for more details and to RSVP! 

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Rand Wilson October 09, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Pictures from the Red Bandana Brigade are on Flickr at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/46067326@N00/sets/72157631733534193/
Courtney O'Keefe October 10, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Those are awesome, Rand! Thanks for posting!
Rand Wilson October 10, 2012 at 03:53 PM
There was also a good report on the Honk! parade in the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/arts/music/honk-festival-of-street-bands-in-somerville-mass.html


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