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Mayday Tribe 45th Anniversary Reunion

May 2, 2016 - May 3, 2016

Mayday Tribe 45th Anniversary Reunion

Washington DC

May 2-3, 2016

Monday night, May 2, 2016

Hotel Harrington, 436 11th Street NW. Washington D.C.

2nd floor ballroom


Registration at door

6:00 p.m. Introduction – Carole Cullum

6:05 – Madam Nguyen Thi Binh – We have a statement by Mme. Nguyen Thi Binh, which has been brought from Ha Noi. Mme. Binh was Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Viet Nam and the only woman signatory to the 1973 Paris Peace Accords.

Rennie Davis – Welcome and keynote speech from a key Mayday organizer and Chicago 8 defendant on Mayday’s significance 45 years later in Washington D.C. and around the country.

6:45 – Share dinner, drinks and good spirits as we renew old friendships and bring each other up to date on what we are doing now.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 8:30 a.m.

Hotel Harrington 2nd floor ballroom

Registration at door

8:30 to 9:00 – Coffee, tea, nosh

9:00 – Introduction – Judy Gumbo Albert

9:05 – 10:00 – Mayday Video Collective/Videofreex – Skip Williamson, Eddie Becker – a first-draft restored showing of the Mayday Video Collective’s Mayday 1971 edited in the Videofreex studio. Its compelling footage captures the dynamic, positive spirit of demonstrators inside jail, powerful speeches and interviews, effective civil disobedience, while documenting police and army over-reaction on the streets.

10:00 – 12:15   Sharing Our Mayday Stories. (Facilitated group discussion. Carole Cullum & Judy Gumbo Albert, co-facilitators.)

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch — On your own. A list of nearby eateries including one in the hotel, will be provided.

1:30 Gather Back Together, Introduction – Michael Drobenare

1:40 – 2:00 – Video message from Daniel Ellsberg. Dan tells his personal story of how the Pentagon Papers, not as yet made public, motivated him to join Mayday’s civil disobedience along with his affinity group that included Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Marilyn Young, Fred Branfman, Mitchell Goodman and three others.

2:00 – 2:45 – VVAW and May Day – Tim Butz and Jack Mallory speak on how VVAW’s Operation Dewey Canyon III was a powerful and inspiring precedent for Mayday with Vietnam Vets committing the first acts of non-violent civil disobedience in that spring’s anti-war activities.

2:45 –5:00 – Our Past Defines our Present (Facilitated group discussion Judy Gumbo Albert and Carole Cullum, co-facilitators, 15-minute break). How does Mayday’s spirit and tactic of non-violent civil disobedience fit into today’s political environment? What do we see for the future of protest and activism? How do we keep Mayday alive? Oral histories? A larger follow-up conference? Other?

5:15 – 6:15 – The Mayday Legal Team Sheila O’Donnell and others – Mayday attorneys compare our experience with the legal aspects of current protest and activism, including a review of arrests at the recently completed Democracy Spring. Followed by why the Mayday legal team was so important: : a 30-minute video filmed by the DC police. (optional)

Wine, Cheese, Saying our Goodbyes

From the Reunion organizers: We hope that throughout the time we are together each of us will take the time to

  • Share stories, meet others and renew acquaintances
  • Record an oral history of your days at Mayday and beyond
  • View the exhibit of posters, flyers, photos, buttons, etc. Bring your own to share for viewing with others

In Memoriam  We will have a poster on which you can add names and/or post photos of those who have gone to that great demonstration in the sky. They remain a beloved part of our history.



May 2, 2016
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Hotel Harrington
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