The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

SPARK Summer Festival Returned!

Aug 16, 2021

Last year, the SPARK was not able to hold its annual Summer Festival in Detroit, due to Covid lockdowns and restrictions. This year, after a year away, the Festival returned, and took place on August 8th.

With the Delta variant flaring up, we were still limited in what we could do—but we were able to bring workers together and share a meal, enjoy some games, some music, some comedy, and talk together—and just enjoy each other’s company in the same space together for the first time in over a year. It was something that all who attended appreciated very much.

The following are excerpts from two speeches given at the event (Sam Johnson: When We Stand Together, We Are a Force and Gary Walkowicz: A Crisis of Covid, a Crisis of Capitalism). They were followed by a lively discussion among a number of people who took part, about what the working class could do to turn things around.