A Call for a Decentralized, Anti-Capitalist May Day from Seattle, USA. For the past few years, May Day in Seattle has slowly been shifting away from the centralized, “Anti-Capitalist March” model and this is a public call to further commit to a coordinated yet decentralized and direct action-based mode of operation.
An analysis of this years May Day demo in Olympia, Washington.
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
As has been seen in the aftermath of past May Days in the Pacific Northwest, the Olympia Police Department has requested the aid of the public in identifying those involved in what was deemed an “unfriendly mob” on May Day in downtown Olympia earlier this month. We can’t know for sure what this means, it could be an act of desperation because the police have no evidence or it could be that they have plenty of evidence but are waiting for a more strategic time to press charges. Let’s take this as a chance to reflect on some much needed personal concerns in the pursuit of creating a strong culture of security.
Reflections on a demoralizing May Day in Montreal: “We need to start acting like a bloc, not just wearing black”.
Image: May Day 2017 in Montreal
Events like May Day are a temperature check for the collective hive mind of the left reflecting on the year behind them. Because it is a tradition that skates back more than a hundred years, it rarely stands out as the most pressing of days, mainly because it is part of a regular organizing cycle. Good years or bad losses, May Day comes on the same day.
In Portland, Oregan Black Bloc activists clashed with police during this years May Day protests.
At the International Worker’s and Immigrants Rights Day march in Minneapolis, “security” (protest marshals, aka peace police) was provided by a variety of leftist organizations. Among them, the Anti-War Committee. During the march, a man in a black bomber jacket that said “Polizei” on the back and was wearing a black “Make America Great Again” hat. He and a friend with long brown hair, glasses, and a brown jacket, were taking pictures of people in the march and taunting them.
A family that lives in the Beach Flats led the march with a child’s sign proclaiming, “Fuera Trump! Viva La Raza! Viva Los Trabajadores!”
This years May Day demo was much bigger than in the previous years. According to the cops 30.000 people joined the demo, organising CGT stated that 80.000 people joined. At the front of the demo there was a black bloc with more than 1.000 people.
This year the 31th edition of the yearly autonomous May Day demonstration took place in Wuppertal, Germany. At the end of the demonstration the front group of the demo was kettled, a few people were detained and some were subject of police violence. The streetparty at Schusterplatz was also kettled for a while.