Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Hat Tip: Right Side News (JB supplied detailed and extensive research for this post.)
Aggressive: These protesters were carrying an anti-police banner as they marched through Seattle.
As most protests, it started out fairly peaceful. It didn’t stay that way for long. They were protesting for workers’ and immigrants’ rights. Then the anti-capitalist thugs joined the fun and all hell broke loose. They smashed windows, started fires and attacked police officers. They started throwing rocks and bricks and brandishing sticks and wrenches at about 7 pm on May Day.
The festivities were centered in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. Residents were warned to take cover and stay inside. Businesses were advised to vacate and protect what they could.
Three officers were attacked and hurt. Two had to go to the hospital with serious injuries. In retaliation, the police hit protesters with pepper spray and flash-bang grenades. Police for the most part were on bicycles. 15 protesters were arrested amid the violence.
25 or so cars were damaged by protestors. A number of businesses had their windows smashed and fires were set. Dumpsters were overturned. Art in the parks was marked with the Anarchist symbol – one person was even spray painted because he would not move.
Let’s look at some of the organizers who came out to play…
BLACK LIVES MATTER
A common thread you will find through all the protests now is Black Lives Matter. Here is what they laid out for the Seattle protest:
Black Lives Matter May Day 2015 — 10:30 AM — MLK Memorial Park — 2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. and at 2:30 PM 20/Jackson
- Short Description: We want an end to police terror, an end to the slavery that is the prison system and we want the people who profit from these systems held accountable.
- Long Description: We are the Outside Agitators 206. First off, we have four points of unity: 1. We center Black voices to celebrate and affi… See More…
- Website: http://www.outsideagitators206.org/
- Black Lives Matter was co-founded by three black activist/organizers: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi.
- ALICIA GARZA: KEYWIKI http://keywiki.org/Alicia_Garza
- Alicia Garza, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org 415 -864-8372 http://www.peopleorganized.org/
- MORE INFO HERE: http://www.guidestar.org/ViewPdf.aspx?PdfSource=0&ein=94-3305957
ARETHA BASU: Community Activist in the Black Lives Matter movement and Women of Color for Systemic Change.
JESSE HAGOPIAN: Member of SEE: Social Equality Educators, Advisor for the Garfield High School Black Student Union, editor and contributing author of “More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing.”
GERALD HANKERSON: President of the Seattle-King County NAACP.
MARISSA JENAE: Community Activist in the Black Lives Matter movement and Outside Agitators 206.
DAVE ZIRIN: Host of Edge of Sports, co-author of “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Movement That Changed The World.” He is a sports writer for The Nation Magazine.
The gathering was hosted by the Garfield H.S., Seattle, Black Student Union.
Sponsored by the Seattle International Socialist Organization, Outside Agitators 206, Social Equality Educators, Women of Color for Systemic Change, Seattle Transit Riders Union, No New Jim Crow Coalition, Stand Against Foreclosures and Evictions (SAFE in Seattle).
- Black Lives Matter May Day 2015 — 10:30 AM — MLK Memorial Park — 2200 Martin Luther King Jr Way S (info)
We’re responding to an urgent call from our comrades in Baltimore United and Ferguson Action who are organizing with us under the Black Lives Matter network.We stand with our brothers and sisters in Baltimore, Chicago and across the country. We demand justice for #FreddieGrey #RekiaBoyd #MyaHall and all victims of police terrorism.We demonstrate on this day of May 1st in acknowledgement of the people who were killed by the state in 1886 during the Haymarket affair. When strikers demonstrated at Haymarket Square in Chicago, they were shot at by police, a bomb was thrown, and a court ordered the execution of the strike organizers.
We encourage Black folks and non-Black allies and accomplices who are devote to supporting Black Liberation to join us for the day’s events.
First we’ll be meeting at MLK Memorial Park at 10:30am and then will be at the intersection of 20th and Jackson at 2:30pm. From there we’ll march to the end destination of the International Workers and Immigrants Day March rally at the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Seattle (700 Stewart St). At 6pm we’ll meet at Seattle Central College. UPDATE: CHS has updated this event with a more recent description provided by organizers.
MAY FIRST ACTION COALITION
The May 1st Action Coalition (formerly known as the Washington Immigrant Rights Action Coalition) is a coalition geared towards working on specific actions to deal with the indiscriminate immigration enforcement that is affecting our immigrant communities and our greater community.
Their blog is used to compile meeting notes and announce events and actions.
May Day Press Release:
206.650.2106 and 206.696.1348, em: email@example.com
Organizations involved with direct mobilization for the march were Students for Farm Worker Justice, MEChA, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and parishioners from St. Mary’s Church, the Mexica Danza Group Ce Atl Tonalli and Community Alliance for Global Justice, among many more.
The march turned into a riot: Lots of photos.
PRESS RELEASE FROM: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition
For Immediate Release: Friday, May 1, 2015
Contact: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition,
ph: 206.650.2106 and 206.696.1348, em: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea, #MayDayPNW.
Thousands take to the streets of Seattle for the Annual May Day March and Rally for Immigrant and Workers Rights.
SEATTLE – An estimated 4,500-5,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle to participate in the 2015 May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights. The events began at Judkins Park at 2:00 p.m., with a brief program that included music, speeches, and logistical announcements for the march. Participants then filed westbound, on Lane Street to start the March at 3:00 pm. At around 3:30, the march departed from St. Mary’s Church, with Danza Ce Atl Tonalli, setting the tone.
The march swelled, with contingents joining along the way on Jackson Street and 20th Avenue, along Boren Avenue, as well as on several street corners along First Hill, and Downtown Seattle. Included among these groups, were contingents for organized labor as well as participants who opted to join the march as it made its way through middle of the city. In all, over 50 organizations and community groups endorsed the 2015 march and provided the resources to mobilize their own members, in addition to others in the community. Organizations involved with direct mobilization for the march were Students for Farm Worker Justice, MEChA, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, and parishioners from St. Mary’s Church, the Mexica Danza Group Ce Atl Tonalli, and Community Alliance for Global Justice, among many more.
(ADDED: MEChA: http://edison.seattlecentral.org/~mecha/)
The march ended at the U.S. District Courthouse in Downtown Seattle. The selection of the site was very deliberate, as organizers made note to demonstrate in opposition to the U.S. District 5 Court’s challenge to the DACA/DAPA program, which if implemented by the Obama administration, would have provided relief and a temporary deferral of deportation for many undocumented students and their parents. Likewise, also of note in this year’s March was the focus on police brutality with the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner as well as the most recent slaying of Antonio Zambrano Montes at the hands of police in Pasco, Washington.
“It’s important to acknowledge these shared struggles,” noted Anna Hackman, an organizer for the May 1st Action Coalition. “Many immigrants experience not only discrimination based on their documented status, but are also relegated to the social and economic margins. Many are forced into low paying jobs, and have interactions with law enforcement that closely resemble the interactions that native born people of color experience with police.” Many in attendance echoed the same concerns, especially in recent days, as evidenced in the City of Baltimore where institutional neglect and police violence created a sense of animosity and distrust that boiled over into riots with the killing of Freddie Gray.
(ADDED: ANNA HACKMAN: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/anna-hackman/8/858/254)
According to organizer Jorge Quiroga, the march was a great collaborative effort, even with a slightly smaller turnout for 2015. Mr. Quiroga attributed the decline in participation to the proliferation of news reports about possible “infiltration” of the afternoon march. “We’ve had this march since 1999. Over 16 years, we’ve always been organized and nothing bad has ever occurred. My concern with the stories that the Seattle Police Department are spreading, is that it is creating a chilling effect on participation.” Quiroga further noted, “It is very deceptive, very unprofessional, and amounts to little more than fear mongering.” “It is an attempt to silence and mute our organizational efforts.” It is not known to what degree the effect of SPD media outreach is intentional, but one thing all organizers did agree on, is that there is a very real need to continue organizing in spite of hurdles or impediments. There is little room for error as organizers take it upon themselves to be responsible for helping better social conditions to ensure that future generations are able to live a dignified existence.
EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.
For more information, contact the following: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph:206.650.2106 and 206.696.1348, em: email@example.com, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea, MayDayPNW.
- Marcha Y Manifestacion Anual del 1o de Mayo 2015 – 2015 May Day March & Rally — 2 PM Rally — 3 PM March — Judkins Park to Downtown (info)
Thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets of Seattle on Friday, May 1, 2015 for the Annual May Day March and Rally for Workers and Immigrant Rights. In the spirit of unity and solidarity with communities across the country, organizers in Seattle will continue with the central theme of justice for immigrant workers, as well as justice for marginalized communities at the local, national, and international levels.
- May Day Anticapitalist March 2015 — 6 PM — Starts at Seattle Central (info)
May 1st is International Workers Day, or May Day. In October 1884, a convention held by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions unanimously set May 1, 1886, as the date by which the eight-hour work day would become standard. As the chosen date approached, U.S. labor unions prepared for a general strike in support of the eight-hour day.
An anti-police violence group also held a protest in solidarity with “the freedom fighters in Baltimore.” Seattle’s October 22nd Coalition revealed plans to begin a march at Westlake Park on Wednesday evening.
Kshama Sawant talks to the crowd just after 5:30 p.m. after the 14th annual May Day March
for Workers and Immigrant Rights arrived in Westlake Park. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Anna Hackman of the May 1st Action Coalition was also in attendance.
Another rally in Seattle was Marcha Y Manifestacion Anual del 1o de Mayo 2015 – 2015 May Day March and Rally — 2 PM Rally — 3 PM March — Judkins Park to Downtown https://www.facebook.com/events/1635602520001295/
SPECIAL NOTE: On the Facebook page there is mention of an agitator who shows up at these marches to cause trouble… ALEX LILLY: http://alexlillyriotcop.tumblr.com/ Alex Lilly is a white cis-hetero male of large physical stature. He is a self-proclaimed working class artist and feminist anarchist. http://zeroriotcop.blogspot.com/2008/03/alex-lilly-resume.html
Protests continued into the night, and saw demonstrators start fires in a college campus.
Rioting is lucrative. From Gateway Pundit:
The protesters are talking online about how much they were getting paid to protest against the police and stir up racial hate in Ferguson and other communities since August.
** Protesters were making MORE THAN $5,000 a month to disrupt cities and attack police!
Listening to @search4swag live now on @JoePrich- they pointing out that @deray is getting paid by Soros.
Many of the “grassroots” leaders were paid handsomely.
And the protesters are wising up to Deray – who has been out every night tweeting and stirring up the race hate n numerous cities for several months.
Black Lives Matter and Get Paid…
Another group Resource Generation, a racist Socialist group, paid a million to the protesters.
May Day Demonstrators sit across Broadway and Pine. (Photo by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
Police surround a convertible that was driving near Third Avenue and Wall Street, protecting
it from May Day demonstrators. (Photo by Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)
May Day demonstrators surround and sit on top of a Volkswagen sedan near Wall Street and Second
Avenue. (Photo by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
Crowds march past a bus window that was broken by May Day protesters at Sixth Ave and Pike Street.
(Photo by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
Protesters begin to march from Seattle Central College Plaza in the Capitol Hill May Day
Concert. (Photo by Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times)
Crowds in the 14th annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights arrive at
Westlake Park at Fourth and Pike. (Photo by John Lok/The Seattle Times)
Crowds march in the 14th annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights at Eighth
and Madison. (Photo by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
And in true upside down fashion, the chairman of the City Council’s public-safety committee grilled Seattle police officials over a bike officer’s aggressive arrest of a protester during the May Day march on Capitol Hill, suggesting the move was unnecessary and “created a melee” that followed. But that protestor had attacked a police officer earlier. Hey Seattle – way to go blaming the cops instead of the thugs in your streets. The City Council went so far as to blame the officers for the riots and the destruction that ensued. Idiots.
Seattle and each of the cities set on fire this spring and summer are orchestrated episodes of chaos. As America burns, it gives the government impetus to further their agenda to nationalize our police forces. Look behind the scenes and you see the same Marxists, Progressives, Communists, Anarchists and other radicals that you see each and every time another riot explodes. The American Spring is bursting into flame – let’s just hope it doesn’t burn America to the ground.