Originally a pagan holiday, the roots of May Day are in the fight for the eight-hour working day in Chicago in 1886, and the subsequent execution of innocent anarchist workers.
This morning around 8AM, near the intersection of Madison and 23rd Ave, a small Counterforce assembled to block another Microsoft shuttle bus in another heavily gentrified Seattle neighborhood. For roughly 30 minutes, people holding banners reading “GENTRIFICATION STOPS HERE” blocked the front and back ends of the bus. Others attempted to distribute flyers to the Microsoft employees boarding the bus, but they were grumpy and only two took them. During the delay in what is probably a boring and uneventful commute every other day, they sat in quiet misery, playing with their smart phones, not even really talking to each other.
From KOMO News:
TACOMA, Wash. – Immigrant-rights activists rallied outside the Northwest Detention Center on Saturday, while at least 750 detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations with a hunger strike.
Take Your Pipeline and Shove It: Rising Tide Protesters Build Pipeline Through Offices of TD Ameritrade
By Jim Fromm
SEATTLE, OCCUPIED DUWAMISH TERRITORY — October 30, 2013
Rising Tide Seattle, South Sound Rising Tide, and No Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance members assembled a 35-foot-long pipeline in the local office of TD Ameritrade, while holding a “Funeral for Our Future.” Rising Tide demanded the Canadian-owned corporation stop bankrolling Tar Sands extraction and pipeline construction, including Keystone XL.