I am insulted by having kucinich speak at a mayday celebration. I don't even have anything particularly against the guy, and if I were registered in this state I would vote for him.
But mayday is a celebration in honor of the day whose events led to anarchism being put on trial by the US government. mayday is a celebration of how direct action won the 8-hour work day.
not electoral politics.
what has mayday in portland come to when it has a permit? what has it come to when we invite a presidential canidate to speak?
yesterday I witnessed a group of people begin to burn an american flag during dennis's speech. A union man with a 'united we stand' shirt came over to intervene. he stomped out the flag and when the group recovered it to keep burning it, he took it away. he attempted to instigate the kid into a fight, refusing to return the flag and being forceful. The kid who was originally holding the flag held his ground and never put a finger on the union man.
'normal' looking union and progressive folk intervened on behalf of the kid who was burning the flag. They don't need to be condescended to, told that they need to fly the american flag or take out permits to influence mass change in this country.
it was 'normal' looking folk who came in tighter around the dirty punk kids when the police started to point them out for possible arrest. hell, a man with a kucinich shirt was among them.
mayday is a day held in celebration of the solidarity the movement had at one point, when organized labor didn't look to figureheads, didn't comply to the government's wishes.
and we're not getting that by having elected officials tell us whats up. people already know.
people were hung who could have been me because of mayday. I don't care if you vote or not, but remember what we're out there because of.