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An observer reacts to the parade

A bystander reacts to the Portland MayDay festivities.
Do what thou Wilt shall be the Whole of the Law.

A group of us from work decided to take a short break to go outside and watch the parade that Vera Katz so kindly allowed to take place. After hearing reports of demonstrations in Chicago, of only 100 persons, I was relieved to see about 1000 people marching down Broadway. The mood was celebratory, a sort of anarchist Mardi Gras, which is pretty much what I hoped for. We are free, even if the powers that be don't recognize it or don't want to recognize it. This was a time to celebrate and to remember, at least for me.

There's something bittersweet about seeing the signs memorializing Haymarket. Having grown up in Chicago, I can tell you for a fact that there's nothing on the site of the 1886 incident except for green grass and a CTA substation. But maybe, Haymarket isn't so much a place as it is an idea.

Today we celebrate what that idea means to us.

Love is the Law, Love under Will