The annual May Day March for Immigrant and Workers Rights starts at St Mary’s near Judkins Park Tuesday. After a rally that starts at 3:30, the march will head downtown at 5.
Once downtown, the march will meet up with people gathered at Westlake Park for a day of hip-hop and political action. Organizers are calling the day a General Strike and urging people not to go to school or work.
Details of the march from El Comite Pro-Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social:
Annual March and Rally May 1st 2012
Why do we march?
We demand an immediate end to the “secure communities” program, the most recent addition to a policy which has caused the deportation of more than a million immigrants and left more than 10 thousand dead at our borders
Immigration Reform Now!
We Demand Human Rights, Labor Rights, and Access to Education for Everyone!
Tuesday May 1st
Rally at 3:30 pm
March begins at 5:00
611 20th Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98144
(St. Mary’s church)
The Seattle Mayor’s office Friday issued a statement warning about possible violence and property damage around Tuesday’s planned May Day marches and protests. “We also have evidence that other people may be coming to Seattle on Tuesday with the intention of using the public demonstrations as an opportunity to commit violence, damage property and disrupt peaceful free speech activity,” it reads. The full statement is below. 2011’s Seattle May Day rallies were peaceful — and well attended.
Statement on May 1 Demonstrations
SEATTLE –On Tuesday, May 1, several organizations will be holding public demonstrations in Seattle. This will include an annual May Day March for Immigrant and Workers Rights from Judkins Park to downtown Seattle, an Occupy Seattle-sponsored General Strike, and rallies scheduled throughout the day at Westlake Park. The Seattle Department of Transportation advises that delays should be expected downtown during the Tuesday afternoon commute.
We also have evidence that other people may be coming to Seattle on Tuesday with the intention of using the public demonstrations as an opportunity to commit violence, damage property and disrupt peaceful free speech activity. There has been a significant increase in graffiti and posters alluding to violence around the May 1 events. Websites have described trainings in how to conceal weapons beneath signs and banners, and how to target police officers on horses. At a protest at the Port of Seattle in December 2011, several people used peaceful demonstrators as a shield to throw projectiles and incendiary devices at police officers.
Early Thursday morning an incendiary device was thrown at a bank in Columbia City. This was similar to an attack on a bank that took place in Portland late Wednesday night.
Seattle Police command staff and Mayor’s Office staff have been working with protest organizers, property owners, and other stakeholders to facilitate peaceful, constitutional demonstrations. Officers will respond appropriately to criminal acts and threats or harm directed against participants, non-participants, and property.
While much of the day is expected to be peaceful, CHS is told that posts on sites like pugetsoundanarchists.org have concerned authorities and prompted the warnings. This post on the site says Seattle Police referenced an “intelligence report” in a meeting with May 1st organizers. “During the meeting, the SPD revealed that they are very worried that people will attempt to de-arrest each other if the police attack them,” the post states.