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Annapolis Businesses To Stage May 1 Protest

| April 23, 2011, 12:46 PM | 12 Comments

UPDATE: Here is the lowdown on the protest set for next Sunday. Will you be there?

We received a tip from a reader that some businesses in downtown Annapolis are planning a visible protest and picket next Sunday to coincide with the May Day Basket competition. Initial reports indicate that there are at least 30 picketers signed up.  The demonstration seems to be centered on downtown business support and not directed towards any cause or the May Day event.

We have not been able to obtain the specific details, but understand that several businesses have mobilized to make a very public statement about the situation on Sunday, May 1, 2011.

With the holiday weekend, organizers are unavailable for comment. We have sent messages to both the Annapolis Economic Development Corporation and the Mayor’s Office for comment.

This is a developing story and we are trying to obtain the rest of the details. With a holiday weekend, it is difficult, but will have more information no later than Monday including a comment from the Mayor and the EDC.

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  1. Kevin says:

    what the hell are they protesting?

  2. MelissaF says:

    What businesses and what iare they protesting? You say that several businesses have mobilized to make a “very public statement about “the situation” but what situation? About the May Day Basket competition? Or are they planning a May Day Labor demonstration in honor of the original May Day protest? More details would have helped this article a lot.

  3. John Frenaye says:

    We are trying to get the details.

  4. John Frenaye says:

    We need to confirm a bunch of things first, but what we know is that it is not against anyone or anything or any event. It is designed to make a statement and it is likely focused on the current state of business in downtown Annapolis. Again, it is a holiday weekend for many and getting in touch with the right people is difficult right now. We have a story prepared for Monday, but need to verify some things before it runs.

  5. Judy Buddensick says:

    Well John, I’m concerned by this post. As new businesses have been steadily opening in Annapolis, what is the “state” that concerns them…Several closings/relocations really didn’t have anything to do with where they were located.
    As a active member of the Annapolis Business Association, I’m wondering what challenges they face because there have not been any recent complaints from business owners.
    Who is ‘the source”? Please ask them to connect with me, today. Our organization is here to help.

  6. Judy Buddensick says:

    why did the computer generate an angry face for me? i’m happy :)

  7. John Frenaye says:

    I am not sure why they pick what they do. You can go to gravatar.com and put one of your smiling face that will always show upp!

  8. KP says:

    Wouldn’t it have made a lot of sense to get all details before posting an article that gives absolutely no information at all? Wow…I wish I could perform my daily job this shoddy.

  9. John Frenaye says:

    I guess it depends on your job. If Route 50 is completely shut down due to an accident–would you like to know about it?

    Or do you prefer to wait until the accident investigation is complete in three days and the police have determined who was at fault and what cars were driven, etc. and then have us tell you what happened after the fact?

    It can go both ways.

  10. MC says:

    I agree with those who say this story is totally incomplete. Apparently there will be (or may not be) a protest and picket on May 1 for some reason that no one knows. It coincides with a basket competition but has nothing to do with the basket competition.


    Oh well.

  11. Bridget Shea says:

    Can we possibly do something positive for Downtown instead of using every opportunity to complain? It’s a wonderful place. Perhaps if we were speaking positively about it, people would come back. I live downtown and definitely won’t be supporting this effort. I truly hope this is just a rumor.

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