May Day protests http://kplu.org en Seattle police want your photos, video of May Day riot http://kplu.org/post/seattle-police-want-your-photos-video-may-day-riot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle police are asking the public for photos and video clips taken during this year’s May Day riot.</span></p><p>“Detectives have begun the long, difficult task of investigating the violence, vandalism, and other nastiness which marred this year’s otherwise peaceful May Day rallies,” police said.</p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 00:04:06 +0000 Martha Kang 8700 at http://kplu.org Seattle police want your photos, video of May Day riot Five May Day protesters charged with felonies http://kplu.org/post/five-may-day-protesters-charged-felonies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Prosecutors have charged five May Day protestors with felonies following last week’s confrontation with police in downtown Seattle.</span></p><p>The standoff between anti-capitalist marchers and Seattle police escalated quickly around dusk on May 1, and before long, bottles and rocks were flying toward police, pepper spray and blast balls toward protesters.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 17:15:22 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8687 at http://kplu.org Five May Day protesters charged with felonies How May Day began in 1886 with workers, immigrants, anarchists http://kplu.org/post/how-may-day-began-1886-workers-immigrants-anarchists <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week’s tumultuous May Day protests got many of us wondering: What is May </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">all about, anyway?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been a workers’ holiday in Europe for years, but when did it become a big deal in the U.S.? </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">SUNY Empire State College history professor Jacob </span>Remes says<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;last week’s hubbub—from the union involvement to the spotlight on immigration, to the anarchist presence and police response—all fit right in to May Day’s radical history.</span></p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 19:10:20 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8675 at http://kplu.org How May Day began in 1886 with workers, immigrants, anarchists Anarchists launch fundraising campaign to help Bill's, Sun Liquor http://kplu.org/post/anarchists-launch-fundraising-campaign-help-bills-sun-liquor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Anarchists have launched a fundraising campaign in an effort to help pay for the damages two Capitol Hill businesses incurred during this year’s May Day riot.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The campaign, called <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/smash-the-state-just-not-bill-s" target="_blank">“Smash the State: Just Not Bill’s,”</a> says its aim is to be “mending fences (or more accurately, windows), within the community,” specifically Bills Off Broadway and Sun Liquor, both of which were vandalized during the anti-capitalism march.</span></p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 23:16:52 +0000 Martha Kang 8664 at http://kplu.org Anarchists launch fundraising campaign to help Bill's, Sun Liquor Seattle police working to identify law-breakers in May Day riot http://kplu.org/post/seattle-police-working-identify-law-breakers-may-day-riot <p></p><p>Seattle police said they’re continuing to investigate crimes committed in the course of an unruly May Day demonstration, but that they’re proud of how officers handled themselves.</p><p>Capt. Chris Fowler said Seattle police incorporated some important lessons from last year’s May Day protests. They had much longer to plan this year, even treating a small March 15 protest as a “rehearsal.”&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 00:15:16 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8654 at http://kplu.org Seattle police working to identify law-breakers in May Day riot In wake of May Day mayhem, businesses assess damage http://kplu.org/post/wake-may-day-mayhem-businesses-assess-damage <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Business owners are assessing the damage after some anti-capitalist protesters broke windows in Seattle last night. Only a handful sustained property damage, but&nbsp;many more businesses were affected financially.</span></p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 00:05:48 +0000 Ashley Gross 8653 at http://kplu.org In wake of May Day mayhem, businesses assess damage What Phoenix Jones and his sidekicks encountered on May Day http://kplu.org/post/what-phoenix-jones-and-his-sidekicks-encountered-may-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When mayhem broke out late May Day, Phoenix Jones and his wife were having dinner at a restaurant.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jones, having attended earlier events with his sidekicks, had thought the day would end peacefully.</span></p><p>“All of a sudden, the phone trips and there’s a riot going on,” he said.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 23:05:09 +0000 Martha Kang 8652 at http://kplu.org What Phoenix Jones and his sidekicks encountered on May Day Anarchist website to May Day vandals: Ditch evidence, don't brag http://kplu.org/post/anarchist-website-may-day-vandals-ditch-evidence-dont-brag <p>In the wake of another violent May Day riot in Seattle, an anarchist website has posted some “cautionary tips” for protesters: get rid of evidence, and don’t brag.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Do not keep the clothes you wore at the demonstration tonight!” said a post on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pugetsoundanarchists.org/content/cautionary-note-may-day-protesters-rioters-and-combatants-stay-free" target="_blank">pugetsoundanarchists.org</a>.&nbsp;“Similarly, do not keep any other instrument you used to commit a crime.”</span></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 20:58:28 +0000 Martha Kang 8650 at http://kplu.org Anarchist website to May Day vandals: Ditch evidence, don't brag Seattle protesters charged after violent May Day rally http://kplu.org/post/seattle-protesters-charged-after-violent-may-day-rally <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">City prosecutors have started filing charges against people arrested during a May&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Day</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;protest in&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Seattle</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The City Attorney's Office said Thursday six people who spent the night in the King County Jail face misdemeanor charges that include obstructing officers, resisting arrest, property damage and failure to disperse.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 18:18:36 +0000 The Associated Press 8645 at http://kplu.org Seattle protesters charged after violent May Day rally At least 17 arrested as 'anti-capitalism' rally turns violent http://kplu.org/post/least-17-arrested-anti-capitalism-rally-turns-violent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At least 17 protesters were arrested and eight officers injured Wednesday as an "anti-capitalism" May Day march took a violent turn, first on Capitol Hill then in downtown Seattle.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vandals shattered the glass door of Sun Liquor, at 512 East Pike, around 7 p.m. before heading downtown, hurling&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">metal pipes and rocks at cars and police, shoving</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;camera crews and setting off flares along the way.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 07:30:18 +0000 Martha Kang, Paula Wissel & The Associated Press 8640 at http://kplu.org At least 17 arrested as 'anti-capitalism' rally turns violent No show of violence as thousands gather for May Day rally, march http://kplu.org/post/no-show-violence-thousands-gather-may-day-rally-march <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A planned rally and march for workers and immigration reform progressed without interruptions by anarchists Wednesday, easing fears of another violent May Day.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands of people gathered at&nbsp;Judkins&nbsp;Park, behind St. Mary's Church, f</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">or the Rally for Workers and Immigrant Rights at 1 p.m.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Several unions were present, as were some representatives of the Occupy movement. Many people were displaying the flags of U.S. and Mexico, as well as signs urging comprehensive immigration reform.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 02:00:50 +0000 Martha Kang, Ashley Gross, Bellamy Pailthorp, Gabriel Spitzer & Paula Wissel 8635 at http://kplu.org No show of violence as thousands gather for May Day rally, march May Day events planned in Seattle, Olympia http://kplu.org/post/may-day-events-planned-seattle-olympia <p><iframe height="327" src="http://mapsengine.google.com/map/u/0/view?mid=zjHTWK_zlkmI.k9j6C9VVDef4" width="580"></iframe></p><p>A number of events are planned for May Day in Seattle and Olympia.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The interactive map above and the timeline below list the planned rallies and marches. </span></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 22:27:35 +0000 Martha Kang 8626 at http://kplu.org Seattle police say this time they're ready for May Day http://kplu.org/post/seattle-police-say-time-theyre-ready-may-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle police insist they’re ready for whatever happens on May Day, that they are better staffed, better organized and better trained than last year.</span></p><p>“We’re as prepared as we can be, given our resources,” said Captain Chris Fowler, the designated commander for police May Day response.</p><p>Last year on May Day, there was widespread confusion among officers on duty about how to respond to black-clad vandals smashing windows downtown.</p><p>What’s different this time? Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:04:55 +0000 Paula Wissel 8619 at http://kplu.org Seattle police say this time they're ready for May Day Remnant of last year's May Day riots: Grand jury resisters http://kplu.org/post/remnant-last-years-may-day-riots-grand-jury-resisters <p></p><p>Reverberations from last year's May Day melee in downtown Seattle are still being felt among some activists in the Pacific Northwest.</p><p>You could say what happened after the window-smashing by black bloc anarchists on May 1, 2012 has spawned a whole new protest movement, the grand jury resistance movement. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 23:22:45 +0000 Paula Wissel 8609 at http://kplu.org Remnant of last year's May Day riots: Grand jury resisters Judge frees two activists who refused to testify about anarchism http://kplu.org/post/judge-frees-two-activists-who-refused-testify-about-anarchism <p></p><p>Two young people who refused to testify to a grand jury about their ties to anarchists are getting out of prison today. They spent more than five months confined to a federal detention center in SeaTac until a judge ordered them released. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:16:38 +0000 Ashley Gross 7882 at http://kplu.org Judge frees two activists who refused to testify about anarchism