B.R.I.C.K.’s May Day Hoedown

A campus social justice activism club partnered with the Grizzle Grazzle Tune Snugglers and other local country bands to ring out the 2012-2013 school year on May 4 at the Eagles Ballroom. This annual “hoedown” formally recognizes International Worker’s Day.

Building Revolution by Increasing Community Knowledge (B.R.i.C.K.), one of our college’s largest clubs, has held this annual event for 10 years now.

Student Senator for Administrative Affairs Kayla Perez said the May Day Hoedown is for “commemorating the labor struggle that so many of us –– all of us really –– are indebted to and bringing a little bit more blue collar to the
town than there ordinarily is.”

“The May Day Hoedown has always kind of been B.R.I.C.K.’s end-of-the-year celebration where we invite the general public, and there is free food for everybody and everything,” said B.R.I.C.K. representative Cameron Cumberland, who has helped set up the sound system this year and last year.

About halfway through the six-hour event, Cumberland estimated that there
had been about 200 different people in and out throughout the night.

Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice was one of several organizations tabling at the event. This local 501(c)3 organization focuses on education about Middle-Eastern regions and grass-roots activism.

Craig and Cindy Corrie represented their nonprofit organization at last year’s hoedown as well.

“I love the music and the spirit of it,” said Cindy Corrie.

“I appreciate that B.R.I.C.K. is on the SPSCC campus raising awareness of social justice issues and the need for all of us to pay some attention and do what we can,” Cindy Corrie said.

The foundation’s first large Peace Works conference was held in 2006 at the Minneart Center in Building 21. B.R.I.C.K. co-sponsored.

The hoedown was a lot better this year, said Perez, “We were trapped in SPSCC’s gym last year.” she said the square dancing and food was very popular.

“It was a blast,” said student Carrie Scott, of the Diversity and Equity Center. This was Carrie’s first year attending the hoedown.

B.R.I.C.K. will take a one-year hiatus during the 2013-2014 school year due to advisor David Hyde taking a year sabbatical to write a sociology textbook.

“Those who will still be on campus are going to miss out. a lot of people join B.R.I.C.K. and do work through it, and make friendships they wouldn’t have otherwise made,” said Cumberland.