Mother's Day Protest - "We the Mothers of today demand abolition of the relief camps."
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Front: A massive crowd of women protest, with signs saying "Mothers Abolish the Relief Camps" and "We the Mothers of Today Demand Abolition of the Relief Camps." Pacific Tribune Photograph On May 12, 1935 close to 1500 people marched from Cambie Street Grounds to Stanley Park. Organized by the Mother's Day Committee, the group coordinated the Mother's Day event to draw attention to the dreaded Relief Camps and the experiences of the men who lived and worked there. Four women pushing baby-strollers led the march. Behind them, 300 women with a banner reading We the Mothers of Today Demand Abolition of the Relief Camps‚Äù followed. At the tail end were more than 1000 relief camp workers, including the Chinese unemployed. As they arrived in Stanley Park, the women created an outline of a heart while the men filled the space in the centre. In addition to posing for the photograph, they sang songs and gave speeches. According to BC Labour Heritage Centre's website, this photo was taken of the Mother's Day march on May 12, 1935. The identical image appears on the web page here: http://www.labourheritagecentre.ca/2015/05/10/mothers-day-1935/ Back: