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May Day in Oly expression of Freedom & Liberty & No War

May Day in Oly an expression of Freedom and Liberty with resistence against war, oppression and dumb rules made by dumber 'residents' high on power. No blood oil to burn - all foot power to reclaim the streets. A day away from our chattel to say for Labour Day in Oly-Ox-Run-Free!
May Day Under the Dark Shadow of the State
May Day Under the Dark Shadow of the State
Revelers RTS banner
Revelers RTS banner "Use Your City For Your Fullest Enjoyment Oly"
May Day Square Dancing in the park
May Day Square Dancing in the park
The Family That Resists Together....
The Family That Resists Together....
A 'good german' with sign
A 'good german' with sign "The Patriot Act Protects US All"
They're using
They're using "This is What Democracy Looks Like" pic looks like people pissing
Sign to left says
Sign to left says "CRUISING PROHIBITED"-Reclaim The Streets OK!!
May Day group of hundreds split in half to take two bridges
May Day group of hundreds split in half to take two bridges
Reclaiming an off-limits downtown park and gazebo
Reclaiming an off-limits downtown park and gazebo
"Fight War Not Wars, Destroy Power Not People" at reclaimed Gazebo
May Day dispersing into wet fun
May Day dispersing into wet fun
May Day Oly-Relaxed Resistence
May Day Oly-Relaxed Resistence
This May Day in Oly, was a day off in celebration of our lives and a renewal of what it may feel for us to truly be free and be at liberty to do whatever we please in our city and streets and do no harm and not comply to the belief in blood oil or the WAR. The day started with an essential late breakfast of several hundred loaves of organic hearth breads for several hundred friends of peace. Later, the hoe down band came and there was square dancing at Heritage Park. Food not Bombs fed a wonderful lunch (even with a vegan ice cream made on site) to the band on one side and drums on the other. There was fun and games and even a Theater of the Oppressed expression. There was a strange protest of May Day by this "patriot" and his friends was for some reason protesting the peoples Labor Day. He had a sign "The Patriot Act Protects US All." Guess this 'good german' prefers working more than his 8 hours for less his worth and even less his freedoms. This type of patriot with blinders makes you just scratch your head and wonder if it's the fought for labor day he's protesting. Even so, after several hours of May Day fun in the park came to a great progression into the May Day March tour all over Oly to burn off the bread and lunch to Reclaim The Streets.
Olympians Celebrate May Day with Fun 07.May.2004 02:25

pirate press

Olympians Celebrate May Day with Fun for Fifth Straight Year.

Olympia"May Day participants celebrated a long history of capitalist resistance this Saturday, along with age old notions of fertility and a clear warm day.

The gathering began around 1pm with drums, guitars, harmonicas and various other wind instruments. The atmosphere was laid back and casual with conversation and music shared freely.

Many May Day participants were initially confused by the bright orange tents that looked like a well organized tent city. Upon further inspection, the tents were more like a sick joke to those without homes in Olympia. Local and national outdoor gear venders put the brand-new tents on display for people to buy, and not as a good gesture to our community.

Food Not Bombs provided enough food to feed hundreds. People quickly formed a circular food line and organized themselves to distribute plates and utensils. People feasted for free and the event turned into a giant picnic.

Before the food could be digested and the ice cream, made right there in the park, could fully be distributed, a band started playing and the Ho-Down began. Around one hundred people started square-dancing with the capitol building looming behind them. Everyone dancing had smiles on their faces.

Once the square-dancing band stopped playing, others organized a parade to highlight issues around us.

First stop was to the parking lot of Bayview Thriftway, where Stephen Edwards was killed for shoplifting by Olympia police and how to this day the Olympia police are not accountable to the community. Next top was across the forbidden 4th Ave Bridge and around the newly installed traffic circle. People brought up issues of public transportation, oil dependency, global warming, biking alternatives, and the unsafe design of the traffic circle, among others.

The party split in two with most of it heading back downtown across the 5th Ave Bridge, while others made the autonomous decision that it would be too much fun to pass up walking down the middle of the 4th Ave Bridge. “Life is great when no one is telling you what to do!” a guy on a bike said to his fellow companions. The two groups quickly met up again and headed down 5th Ave toward Sylvester Park.

People entered the park and stormed the gazebo. The gazebo filled to capacity with people jumping and letting out bursts of joy. No one seemed deterred by the newly installed fence to prevent such acts of fun. People tugged on the fence but it would not bend. The feeling of temporarily liberating the gazebo was not enough for some people who began to dialogue and brainstorm ways to permanently liberate the gazebo from it’s cage. The message “free me” was left in red spray paint on the side of the gazebo.
The next stop was to the artisan well where people refreshed themselves for free and discussed plans for a park instead of a concrete parking lot.

People then regrouped in front of the doors at Safeway. Police stood blocking the doors, making Safeway a temporary prison for those inside and out. May Day participants expressed solidarity with Safeway workers who may lose their health benefits and/or jobs in a coming contract dispute.

The parade regathered and made a leisurely walk back down the middle of 4th Ave to the fountain in Heritage Park. There, people made up their minds about staying there in the sun or going to the Labor Temple to hear many speakers address labor and other issues.

Overall, many May Day participants expressed satisfaction with the day’s events. The spontainious nature of the day and the leaderless organizing were a sigh of relief from the rat-race of every other day. After 5 years of celebrating May Day, people are now looking into ways to organize other aspects of their lives this way.
Everyone's 'able' to Reclaim Our Streets
Everyone's 'able' to Reclaim Our Streets
A refreshing May Day
A refreshing May Day
Truely Free
Truely Free

Olympians Celebrate May Day with Fun 07.May.2004 02:28

pirate press

Olympians Celebrate May Day with Fun for Fifth Straight Year.

Olympia"May Day participants celebrated a long history of capitalist resistance this Saturday, along with age old notions of fertility and a clear warm day.

The gathering began around 1pm with drums, guitars, harmonicas and various other wind instruments. The atmosphere was laid back and casual with conversation and music shared freely.

Many May Day participants were initially confused by the bright orange tents that looked like a well organized tent city. Upon further inspection, the tents were more like a sick joke to those without homes in Olympia. Local and national outdoor gear venders put the brand-new tents on display for people to buy, and not as a good gesture to our community.

Food Not Bombs provided enough food to feed hundreds. People quickly formed a circular food line and organized themselves to distribute plates and utensils. People feasted for free and the event turned into a giant picnic.

Before the food could be digested and the ice cream, made right there in the park, could fully be distributed, a band started playing and the Ho-Down began. Around one hundred people started square-dancing with the capitol building looming behind them. Everyone dancing had smiles on their faces.

Once the square-dancing band stopped playing, others organized a parade to highlight issues around us.

First stop was to the parking lot of Bayview Thriftway, where Stephen Edwards was killed for shoplifting by Olympia police and how to this day the Olympia police are not accountable to the community. Next top was across the forbidden 4th Ave Bridge and around the newly installed traffic circle. People brought up issues of public transportation, oil dependency, global warming, biking alternatives, and the unsafe design of the traffic circle, among others.

The party split in two with most of it heading back downtown across the 5th Ave Bridge, while others made the autonomous decision that it would be too much fun to pass up walking down the middle of the 4th Ave Bridge. “Life is great when no one is telling you what to do!” a guy on a bike said to his fellow companions. The two groups quickly met up again and headed down 5th Ave toward Sylvester Park.

People entered the park and stormed the gazebo. The gazebo filled to capacity with people jumping and letting out bursts of joy. No one seemed deterred by the newly installed fence to prevent such acts of fun. People tugged on the fence but it would not bend. The feeling of temporarily liberating the gazebo was not enough for some people who began to dialogue and brainstorm ways to permanently liberate the gazebo from it’s cage. The message “free me” was left in red spray paint on the side of the gazebo.
The next stop was to the artisan well where people refreshed themselves for free and discussed plans for a park instead of a concrete parking lot.

People then regrouped in front of the doors at Safeway. Police stood blocking the doors, making Safeway a temporary prison for those inside and out. May Day participants expressed solidarity with Safeway workers who may lose their health benefits and/or jobs in a coming contract dispute.

The parade regathered and made a leisurely walk back down the middle of 4th Ave to the fountain in Heritage Park. There, people made up their minds about staying there in the sun or going to the Labor Temple to hear many speakers address labor and other issues.

Overall, many May Day participants expressed satisfaction with the day’s events. The spontainious nature of the day and the leaderless organizing were a sigh of relief from the rat-race of every other day. After 5 years of celebrating May Day, people are now looking into ways to organize other aspects of their lives this way.
Everyone's 'able' to Reclaim Our Streets
Everyone's 'able' to Reclaim Our Streets
A refreshing May Day
A refreshing May Day
Truely Free
Truely Free