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actions & protests | immigration may day 2001-2007

Olympia May Day Celebration

Today in Olympia, WA, hundreds gathered to celebrate May Day and send a message to the government: Hands off immigrants, workers and families. The gathering started at Sylvester Park at 2:30 when a small gathering danced around a May pole. The crowd began to swell as music came on around 3:00 and continued to grow speakers began around 3:30.
The Citizens Band, a music group composed of IWW folk played songs celebrating free speach and labor history. People from groups including the Welfare Rights Organizing Coalition, Bread and Roses Advocacy Center, Schools For Chiapas and more spoke about their organizing. The crowd left the park and marched in the four lanes of the street to the capital building around 5:00. At the Capital a sign reading "Hands off our- Immigrants, workers, families" with hand prints from marchers on fabric attatched to the banner was hung from the capital building while people stood, chanted, and spoke on the steps.

From there the march left and headed down the street toward 4th Avenue, a main drag in Olympia. Police attempted to block the march from heading to the street but were unable to do so. The march proceded to the Olympia well where the a pinata car labeled "el migre" was smashed. The crowd refreshed themselves with the cool well water and proceded to have a party in the parking lot where the well is located.

If you have pictures or more detailed accounts of the day I encourage you to post them!

Oly Copwatch Report 02.May.2006 17:14

Drew

Olympia Copwatch noted that this year, Olympia Police Detectives were not seen in the crowd during May Day, nor were police pictures seen being taken. Last year, obvious detectives in plain clothes photographed the march extensively and openly. This year, they either did without or went a bit more covert...

Last year, a request for the photographs taken by detectives was met with the claim that the photographs, which were digital, had been deleted. This year, the department might have wanted to avoid such a request. Or maybe they handed off the job to the DOD, or the FBI. Who knows?

We'll be requesting photos anyway...