What Happened Yesterday?
As Alex posted yesterday, I too was down at the Occupy Seattle May Day rallies. And as has been widely reported everywhere, it was a little crazy. The technology behind HellaBus (one of the mogwai from Gremlins posting in an AOL chat room) is too slow to post all my photos as they're happening...
But looking beyond the broken windows and boarded up downtown shopping areas, the day was a lot of fun.
I'll see you later.
People of all ages were dancing in the streets. Children were being pushed in strollers, grandmothers marched in solidarity with "Don't pepper spray me, I'm a Nana" signs attached to their chests. And the majority of people at the marches signed off on graffiti that looked more like this:
My day kicked off with a bike rally through Seattle Central Community College. The Occupiers were trying to encourage students to walk out and join them; it didn't appear any did. Protesters carried their bikes through the building, up to the third floor, and then reassembled outside and headed downtown. Everything was peaceful and happy and blissfully mic-check free.
Occupy Cross Fit
People came together yesterday to speak out on issues they agreed upon. Immigration reform. Student Loan Debt. Holding Banks Accountable.
I'll admit to feeling scared when the rocks started being lobbed at the Bank of America building. One nearly hit me and I was splattered with paint from one of the improvised paint bombs. Children were crying. But the vandalism was such a small part of the day's events, put forth by such a small portion of the attendees.
And everyone there thought they were doing the right thing. The vandals thought they were sending a message, Phoenix Jones felt it was righteous to pepper spray anarchists in defense of the court building, and the police actively remained non-violent in the confrontations I witnessed.
I don't personally condone vandalism. (I'm also not a huge fan of repetitive chants.) But the majority of yesterday's actions accomplished what they set out to do: bring the Occupy Movement back.