It’s almost May Day 2013!
Checkout this online version of a piece originally written by Peter Linebaugh titled “The Incomplete, True, Authentic and Wonderful
History of MAY DAY” at http://www.midnightnotes.org/mayday/
In Seattle there appears to be a lot happening this year. The yearly Immigrant Rights march beginning with a rally at 1pm at Judkins Park, a callout from MAP test boycotters addressed to “educators, parents, and students around the world”, as well as a call for an anti-capitalist/anti-state march later in the evening. With the FBI poking around, activists training for use of crowd control tactics [CORRECTION: since this post was initially published, it has come to the author's attention that the KING 5 article hyperlinked here is actually an intentional mischaracterization of what the M1AC training was about. The training was more concerned with how to deal with right wing extremist counter protestors and to keep folks safe, not to respond to potential property destruction as King 5 claims. This is reminiscent of COINTELPRO tactics with the corporate media expanding a divide and conquer narrative as far as it can, as part of its offensive strategy in the PsyWar], downtown businesses gearing up, the interim police chief claiming that use of force and detention are inevitable, and “super heroes” pledging their presence on the streets, Seattle should be in for an interesting time, to say the least.
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