Anarchists living on occupied Duwamish land (Seattle) have issued a call for a decentralized anti-capitalist Mayday throughout Seattle and the region. Some of us living on occupied Squaxin and Nisqually land (Olympia) were inspired by this call and have begun organizing decentralized events here. We want to take this opportunity to explain why this is important and invite you to take direct action where you see fit in Olympia and beyond.
Seattle – Hot on the heels of infamous neo-Nazi Greg Johnson’s expulsionfrom his gym following the efforts of Seattle-area antifascists to expose him, controversy surrounding the platform provided by gyms to white nationalists has touched another Seattle-area gym.
About a week ago we heard about a public forum put on by police to discuss “community safety” in regards to an increase in their budget, we decided to respond. We tabled under a sign saying, “coffee not cops” and passed out fliers, snacks and zines. We had some good conversations with people who expressed their distrust in community policing as well as some conversations with people who dismissed any critique of police as unrealistic.
On Saturday, February 10th, multiple groups of fascists and far-right conservatives converged in Seattle, WA (occupied Duwamish territory) at Red Square in the center of UW’s campus. A call for anarchists and anti-fascists to oppose this gathering was posted nearly a week prior. The occasion for such a gathering was a “Freedom Rally” that the UW College Republicans had invited Joey Gibson and his group Patriot Prayer from Vancouver, WA to attend. The fascist creep that has been edging its way into the patriot movement for the last several years in the pacific northwest has been well documented by Rose City Antifa, among others. With this in mind, anarchists and anti-fascists took it upon themselves to organize last-minute efforts to sabotage this gathering of fascists and their more center-leaning accomplices. Sure enough, a handful of different fascist and fascist-leaning right-wing groups converged together on campus; The Cascade Legion, Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer, UW College Republicans and various groups of militia-wannabes who patrolled the perimeter of Red Square in their olive-green army fatigues.
Recently, local anti-fascists received a tip from a Seattle business that Greg Johnson, editor-in-chief of Counter-Currents Publishing, was living in Seattle, Washington. We decided to check into this as Greg Johnson is an internationally known white supremacist and white nationalist. Recently, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote a detailed account of Greg Johnson’s career in white nationalist circles. We encourage you to read that piece here. In the SPLC article it is stated that Greg Johnson decided to leave the U.S. for “much cheaper climbs in an area of the world that has a much less oppressive social environment than the United States.” However, Seattle anti-fascists found Greg Johnson outside his apartment building waiting on a ride to the gym.
Early this morning (February 7th), police, medics, and firefighters responding to a fire alarm in Olympia decided Vaneesa Hopson was having a “mental health crisis” and needed to be “chemically restrained” and brought into custody for evaluation. Soon after, Vaneesa stopped breathing and was pronounced dead.
This Saturday, February 10th, Patriot Prayer and the UW College Republicans are holding a “Freedom Rally” and march on Red Square (officially Central Plaza) at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1pm-4pm.
For the second week in a row Patriot Prayer promised that they were going to show up to “defend” the anti abortion christian fundamentalists who hang around outside Planned Parenthood. “Tiny” Toese claimed that he was going to show up at 8am. In response, anti-authoritarians, feminists, and others upset about the Right’s attempts to control bodies and deny access to health services showed up to respond early this morning on February 2nd.
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.
The following is a segment from a presentation given at the Seattle Anarchist Bookfair this past summer, entitled Freedom Itself: An anti-state presentation and discussion on free speech and fascism.