The Democratic Party of Evanston plans to celebrate organized labor with a gathering on May Day eve.

Toni Gilpin, the group’s executive director says the event is designed to say “thank you to the hard working women and men in our community – our firefighters, teachers, police officers, municipal workers, and others.”

It will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at Prairie Moon restaurant — the evening before International Workers’ Day celebrations are held in much of the world, in part to recall the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago.

Gilpin says event organizers “want to acknowledge the contributions working people make and join the effort to shore up America’s struggling middle class.”

The event costs $10 for union members, $35 for others, payable online. Or people can make reservations by phone at 847-491-0865 and pay at the door.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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