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What Happened in #Portland on #MayDay?

This May Day in Portland, Oregon about 1,500 people rallied and marched against capitalism, racism, and colonialism, including immigrant families, undocumented folks, people with disabilities, and working families with kids.  It was International Workers Day, which commemorates the Haymarket affair, which took place in Chicago, in 1886, and is also known as May Day. May Day commemorates anarchist organizers murdered by the State for agitating for an eight-hour work day on the way to a truly free society, and is an avowal to continue their work.


Image: Portland on Mayday 2017. Photo by I.M. McBee

Originally published by Its Going Down

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

In response to these events, The Oregonian, Oregon’s largest paper, ran a piece by their own editorial board calling anarchists “parasites” and “punk fascists,” blaming them rather than the police for what happened. You can read their piec“Portland Must be Done with Punk Fascists” here.

May Day organizers refused to go along with this anti-anarchist agenda, and its divide-and-conquer, “good protestor/bad protestor” strategy, staying focused on condemning the police violence, and not throwing anarchists under the bus, as you can see here.

In response to The Oregonian editorial, Paul Messersmith-Glavin, long-time member of the Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) and the Perspectives on Anarchist Theory collective who lives in Portland, wrote a letter to the editor, which The Oregonian titled  “Here’s What Anarchists Really Want” which you can read here!


Image: Portland on Mayday 2017. Photo by I.M. McBee

And finally, as a result of his letter, Paul was invited on a local morning radio talk show, where he discussed May Day, what anarchism is, how “raising the social costs” has put a check on imperialist power in the past, the work of the IAS, and other things. You can listen to it here! (it starts at the 1:06:00 mark).

Almost three weeks since May Day, and Portland anarchists and other militants are continuing their daily organizing, wage and reproductive work, and wondering what will happen next in terms of fall out from the “riot.”

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