Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Skylight Books May Day, Photo exhibit of the Rodney King verdict Uiprising/Riots, this Saturday, April 29 12-5pm

My kind of May Day. 
Skylight Books to Participate in May Day General Strike

Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012
Skylight Books to Participate in May Day General Strike
From: Megan Wade Antieau <>

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-1175

Contact: Meg Wade



(April 24, 2012) -- Skylight Books in Los Feliz will participate in the May 1st General Strike
next Tuesday, serving as a meeting place in the morning for neighborhood members to gather and
travel to the Occupy activities downtown, and hosting labor singer Ross Altman at 7:30pm to
teach about the history of May Day and lead and perform classic labor songs. The popular
bookstore will also close its storefront from 2 to 5 p.m. so that its staff may attend demonstrations  
downtown, and its Arts Annex at 1814 N. Vermont will close the entire day in support of the call  
 for a general boycott.

Citizens are invited to gather at 12 p.m. and meet members of the bookstore staff as well as artists  
affiliated with the Occupy movement, who will then lead the group via public transit to converge with  
other groups at MacArthur Park and then march downtown, to join in OccupyLA’s 2:30 p.m. rally at  
6th Street and Main Street, as well as the 4 p.m. rally at Olympic and Broadway in support of immigrants’  
 rights. (Participants should bring $1.50 if they plan to take the red line with the group.)

Skylight will also serve as a point of information throughout the day, and community groups are invited to  
drop off fliers from now through May 1st advertising other events in support of the General Strike. Displays
throughout the bookstore will also highlight titles on the history of May 1st, the Haymarket Affair, and the  
 labor movement more broadly.

At 5 p.m., when its 1818 N. Vermont storefront reopens, light refreshments will be available throughout the  
evening to the public. At 7:30 p.m., folk musician Ross Altman will share and teach classic labor songs as  
well as a brief history about May 1st and International Workers’ Day. Ross is a member of Local 47 of  
the Professional Musicians’ Union—AFL-CIO and writes for FolkWorks. He recently performed in the
Grammy Museum tribute to the legendary Ash Grove folk music club.

“As an independent bookstore, we encounter daily the ways in which an economy based only around
large profit can destroy local, neighborhood-focused enterprises,” said Skylight bookseller Meg Wade. 
“So we’re participating on May 1st to show our support for strong, community-based economies that  
benefit the lives of their workers, because we think that we and our fellow Los Angelenos deserve that.”

More information is available on the store’s
website at

About Skylight Books

Skylight Books is an independent bookstore (founded in 1996) in a 1930s storefront located
in Los Feliz—between Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles. In 2008, Skylight expanded into the
storefront next door, moving the art, photography, architecture, design, film, theater, music, graphic novel,  
and magazine sections into the new space, and giving more room to the fiction, nonfiction, and children’s  
sections in the original store. The store is active in supporting its local library as well as young writers at our  
local schools and has also, with the help of its customers, donated many books to the Children’s Hospital  
Poetry Project and numerous neighborhood elementary and high schools. Skylight's author events have  
featured high-profile novelists, graphic novelists, and political authors including Cornel West, Mike Davis,  
Jim Hightower, the CodePink founders, and Amy Goodman.

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From: Gary Leonard

Twenty years after the LA Riots, photographer David Leonard reflects on the three day civil unrest with his father, Photographer Gary Leonard.

On April 29 from 12 to 5 p.m., the pair will display works as part of a show titled, "Parker Center," at the Take My Picture gallery in Downtown Los Angeles.

860 S. Broadway at the intersection of 9th for inquiries call 213-622-2256

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