May Day has come to encompass several different movements and even more different messages. Among the groups present at May Day were: Anarchists, Socialists, Working Class, People from immigration rights, pagans, anti-government, anti-capitalist, anti-war, etc.
Portland's May Day march had a significant turnout and very little negativity from where this indy reporter stood and marched. The Po-po seemed to be...nice. Personally, I observed one cop asking a protester to "Please step aside, please," in a very passive way when a motorist tried to go through the very tail of the march. At first the protester refused so the cop accepted that and apologized to the motorist. One of the march's promoters then interceded and asked the guy to please move. Again he refused but then reluctantly did so. The cop thanked him several times and reminded the motorist to drive slow because there were a bunch of kids around. I was shocked.
Overall, I was happy to see that none of my comrades were fucked with and arrested, especially on May Day.
Following a theatrical presentation and a handful of speakers, we made it plain and clear exactly what a number of us were there for. We demanded an end to racist deportation and the separation of families, comprehensive immigration reform, no more bailouts for banks, taxes on the wealthy, sustainable jobs for all, a stop to cuts to education, social serives & Tri-Met, quality healthcare now, housing for everyone, protection for worker's rights, the right to organize and money for human needs and not corporate greed. And we demand it now.