Harry Hay, a key figure in the founding of the Radical Faerie movement, sought an alternative to capitalism. Hay’s most important ideas about queer liberation came from his understanding of materialism and dialectics in the work of Hegel and Marx.1 Those ideas propelled him forward to help found the Mattachine Society, one of the first gay rights organizations in the United States.
- How do we return to our roots as Radical Faeries with advances in radical philosophy available to us today?
- What can we learn from the struggle for the eight-hour workday in Chicago?
- What does solidarity look like today as capitalism erodes economic prospects for millions and destroys the natural world?
- Is queer liberation fully possible in an economic system that produces ‘subject-object consciousness,’ where people and the natural world are seen as a means to an end instead of ends in themselves, and all natural relationships become relationships between things?
Join us for a May Day Gathering in Chicago, April 29 to May 2, 2022. This gathering will explore the history, people and ideas behind the fight for an eight-hour work day. We’ll visit iconic labor sites like the Haymarket Memorial, the Haymarket Monument, Radical Row and Bug House Square.
During the winter leading up to the gathering, we’ll lay the groundwork with an online discussion of Radical Philosophy: An Introduction by Chad Kautzer. Kautzer’s book is an innovative, systematic guide to radical philosophy and critical resistance.
The gathering convenes at HI Chicago in downtown Chicago. The cost of the gathering is approximately $150 with our goal to bring a group of eight Radical Faeries to Chicago. This includes three nights accommodation and breakfast each morning. You are responsible for the cost of travel to Chicago, local transit costs and lunch and dinner with us each day.
Jan. 4 to April 5, 2022
Join our online reading group of Radical Philosophy: An Introduction by Chad Kautzer, an innovative, systematic guide to radical philosophy and critical resistance.
April 29 to May 2, 2022
Join us in Chicago to explore the history, people, and ideas behind the fight for an eight-hour work day. We’ll visit iconic labor sites like the Haymarket Memorial, the Haymarket Monument, Radical Row and Bug House Square.
Join the Chicago Gathering 2022 email list to receive event updates and chat with potential participants.