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S24 - Seattle Pictures

Here are some of the more interesting pictures I took in Seattle.
anti-imperialist march
anti-imperialist march
jimi hendrix came by briefly and marched with us
jimi hendrix came by briefly and marched with us
the big rally in Pioneer Square
the big rally in Pioneer Square
kiddo with trumpet
kiddo with trumpet
Veterans for Peace
Veterans for Peace
Uncle Sam all beat down and tired
Uncle Sam all beat down and tired
some kid
some kid
The Spine
The Spine
rallies always bring out a few hyper-religious nutjobs
rallies always bring out a few hyper-religious nutjobs
not my pres
not my pres
The Good:

-cheerleaders gave the small anti-imperialist contingent a much-needed boost in ENERGY. if they hadn't been there, it would've been a little drab. i wish i had pictures.

-i only saw a few middle fingers from people we passed. for the most part, people were honking their horns in support (yes, it was support, not because they wanted us to move) and cheering us. also received one "Get a job, hippy!"

-the size of the main protest was large. from one point on a hill, it was a sea of protestors as far forward as i could see and as far back as i could see.

-the signs focused mainly on ONE ISSUE, that of the Iraq war and the corruption of the current administration. Too many issues at one rally always makes me think of when someone mixes too many styles of clothes together, like the way Carrot Top dresses.

-The Raging Grannies are so awesome.

-good props, good puppets. the giant Spine. Uncle Sam with a barrel of oil and a dead soldier on his back. clowns marching with christians.

The Bad:

-in the anti-imperialist march, slogans such as "this is what democracy looks like!" when it is obviously not, as my friend V! pointed out to me, since we were being coralled like cattle with bicycle cops and fences directing us where to go.

-"Bullets of Love". what?! at the main rally in Pioneer Square, some folky acoustic band was playing this song. "let me shoot you in the head with my bullets of love". hahahahaha.

-the arrest of some guy and the docile liberal reaction to it. "oh lets just all get on the sidewalk" this one old hippy guy was like "i say we all get off the street and go listen to some more speeches!"

-i felt like i was at church


The Ugly:

-what the hell is up with the buses in Seattle? Pay when you GET OFF the bus? I've never heard of such a ridiculous system. the bus driver nearly RIPPED OUT MY SPINE when we wanted to get off the bus. oh and this bus goes to Tacoma with no stops? i'm sorry. my ESP mind reading skills are a little lax today, perhaps a SIGN THAT SAYS THIS would be a might helpful!

phone: phone: 1-800-LUV-MUNG
address: address: Mung Street

whoops, pics are really large. 26.Sep.2005 14:13

B

oh sorry, guess i shoulda scaled down those pics.

agree/disagree 26.Sep.2005 22:37

Edward

agree:

-"this is what democracy looks like" chant inappropriate in anti-imperialist contingent

I never like this chant (and never say it) because it's just so inaccurate on so many different levels...in just about every situation I can think of. On one level, though, protests being coralled onto sidewalks (or, worse, into "free speech zones" etc.) are very much what bourgeois "democracy" looks like.

disagree:

-backbone thingy

This is actually something from this left-liberal Democratic Party group spawned by the Howard Dean campaign. (We all remember just how "anti-war" Howard Dean was!) Their idea is that if enough "grassroots" Democrats get uppity then maybe the leadership will "shift to the left".

In reality, bourgeois political parties "shift to the left" only when huge numbers of people lose confidence in them and threaten to undermine their whole system.

my 2 cents on the Seattle march, as well as the state of PDX anarchism 27.Sep.2005 19:19

Working Class Mama

It'd be nice if the chant could be changed a bit. Perhaps pointing at ourselves while saying the positive version then turn to the pigs and say "that is what fascism looks like". But still, it's a bit too played out and wasn't the best chant to begin with. The same goes for the "hey, hey, ho, ho blahblahblah has got to go" stuff, which thankfully we were spared in the anti-imperialist march.

New chants more acurately representing current times and our renewed spirit and determination to fight would be much appreciated. Don't get me wrong I'm just as nastalgic as any other revolutionary. But I think we're distinctly unique from past struggles (by virtue of our more diverse influences) and that needs to show. Otherwise we will just be tuned out as those history geeks that just march around in circles wishing it was 1936 or 1969.

In general, I think everything was mediocre. Which is far better than bad or nothing. One suggestion would be that the peace cops in the big march be trained better with some understanding of what their role should be. When a person was being arrested the peace cops didn't seem to understand what to do. There was no attempt on their part to protect the person or call a trained police liason to negotiate unarrest(if they even had one). In fact the peace cops appeared to be working with pigs as they were ushering the march up onto the sidewalk prematurely to please the pigs. When I confronted them they actually turned to me and asked me if I had done something about it! It became quickly clear to me they didn't know what they were doing and were probably just handed an orange vest with no instruction. It reminded me a lot of the incompetence of the large PPRC rallies in Portland. Another important suggestion would be the addition of organised Civil Disobedience(sit-ins, lockdowns, etc.). CD usually is a catch and release at best and misdemeanor at worst. CDs are not incredibly radical but they at least get more attention and breathe life into an otherwise dull march. A dull march feels like church(like B pointed out) instead of a movement for change. If MLKjr hadn't done CDs, he would not have gotten nearly as far as he did? or Ghandi for that matter? I think the march would have been much more inspiring if any one of the speakers had done a CD.

The bloc was a mess. It was very small, disorganised, and lacking new ideas(or even functional knowledge of old ideas). I actually had a couple complete strangers come up and ask me to join a spontaneous action that they hadn't even planned for and no opportunity had yet presented itself. That is super sketchy and not wise. What if I'd been a cop? What if those strangers were cops? Come on people, use your common sense. I know it's not always about being 100% safe, but come on. Clearly the new generation that we successfully attracted has been abandoned on the front lines by those with more experience. It reminded me a lot of what's happening in Portland.

I understand everyone got super disillusioned by ineffective protest. But that is no excuse for anarchists to disappear off the face of the earth. I understand a lot of attention has been turned to much needed infrastructure. But we can not afford to lose publicity in this focus switch. I do think we need a new kind of publicity but I don't think we should be so quick to abandon our image of militant defiance. Plus remember, it was all our publicity that brought us a critical mass of people needed to work on this stuff in the first place. We were percieved as the ones who see what's wrong and are effectively doing things about it. The more like-minded, inspired, and youthful people we can attract, all the better for our more serious, long term projects. I think we've temporarily lost sight of a Dual Power Strategy and as a result I think a lot of potentially valuable people may slip through the cracks, among other possible consequences.

Energy's picking back up. People are ready to move forward again. Let's sieze the moment and get back in the streets. Let's get people self sufficient, building strong communities, and smashing the state/imperialists at the same time!

more seattle s24 images 27.Sep.2005 19:31

more seattle s24 images

more seattle s24 images
preserving our way of life
preserving our way of life
uncle sams shame
uncle sams shame
seattle_rad_cheerleaders
seattle_rad_cheerleaders

Props to Spokane! 28.Sep.2005 15:19

Susan B. Anarchy mzorah@netzero.net

Hey, thanks for the pic....that's me!

One thing, though - we're the Rad Cheer group from SPOKANE, Wa! Spokane has minimal cool factor, so I gots to point out our coolness when it actually happens...


sorry about that susan B 28.Sep.2005 20:50

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whirliwinds of props to Spokane for being home to such rad revolutionaries!