Over 100 Attend New Orleans May Day Marches: This Is Our City Not The Capitalists!

<table><tr><td>From <a href="http://nolaanarcha.blogspot.com/2012/05/over-100-attend-new-orleans-may-... Anarcha</a> --

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<i>It is not murder, however, of which you have convicted me&#8230; but for
anarchy, so the condemnation is&#8212;that I am an anarchist! &#8230; I say to you: I
despise you. I despise your order, your laws, your force-propped
authority. Hang me for it!</i><br />
<b>- Louis Lingg, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_affair">Haymarket Martyr</a>, 1886</b></blockquote>

Yesterday over 100 demonstrators attended an anti-capitalist <a href="http://www.thenation.com/blog/167666/tens-thousands-march-oakland-new-yo... Day</a> march that wound it's way through the Central Business District and the French Quarter. Bank windows and an ATM were damaged during the march, which had no visible police presence for most of it's route. The word "REVOLT!" was also scrawled across the walls of several corporate businesses and banks. No one was arrested and no one was hurt.<br /></td><td><img title="Lingg was the bomb. No doubt." src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/pinata.jpg"></td></tr></tab...
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<tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">New Orleans May Day Anti-Capitalist march parades down Canal St. on May 1, 2012. (h/t <a href="http://n.krebill.org/">n.krebill</a>)</td></tr>
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After eating some delicious free food prepared by wonderful folks of the <a href="http://communitykitchen.okcancel.org/">Community Kitchen</a>, smoke flares clouded the air with colorful plumes as the march took the streets. Winding through the CBD, flag corps and a stilt walker danced to a second-line beat among black clad anarchists, children, and <a href="http://occupynola.net/">Occupy New Orleans</a> activists. The march descended on the French Quarter chanting anti-capitalist slogans and attacking symbols of exploitation. <br />
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The anti-capitalist march followed another May Day march by the stalwart <a href="http://www.nowcrj.org/about-2/congress-of-day-laborers/">Congress of Day Laborers</a>, an organization that self-organizes and fights for the immigrant worker community. Routinely robbed of their paychecks and paid below minimum wage, these workers' labor is regularly stolen from them, despite that they've been performing much of the post-Katrina reconstruction of New Orleans for the past seven years.&nbsp; <br />
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Yesterday saw inspiring new dynamics emerge within New Orleans' class struggle. Not only was an increased level of solidarity shown among the different groups celebrating May Day, but an unusual occurrence took place between the police and the Anti-Capitalist March. Yesterday we saw NOPD tactics fail to control the march.<br />
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Normally NOPD tries to make crowds police themselves. Training for Mardi Gras teaches police to hang back and remain friendly during marches and parades, the idea being that they will only intervene when situations become too unruly. As people in the crowd get away with minor infractions such as smoking weed, dancing on rooftops or taking the streets unpermitted, they perceive the cops as being okay with certain behaviors, and will check themselves so as to not jeopardize the dynamic. <br />
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The Anti-Capitalist March acted outside the framework of NOPD's crowd-control psychology by acting collectively to experiment with ways of expressing its frustrations against the
ruling class. In doing so the march caught the police off-guard and has the media dumb-founded. A full 24-hours later the Times Picayune has said nothing about the Anti-Capitalist March, only making mention of the permitted march that happened earlier in the day.<br />
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The marches in New Orleans yesterday coincided with actions and <a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/2/may_day_protests_span_the_globe">ma... all across the world to mark the traditional <a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/2/may_day_legacy_of_labor_immigrant">... holiday</a> that began when <a href="http://www.anarchistnews.org/content/chicago-martyrs-memory-1886-%E2%80%... were targeted by the U.S. government</a> for bombings that occurred in 1886 in Chicago against police during the movement to demand an 8-hour working day after police killed protesting workers.<br />
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Comments

awesome!

Smashy Smashy

I was there, shit was fun, cops were clueless.

it was beautiful! the fuckers couldnt do a thing! best day i have had in a while.

Three people attend occupy lenoir in chapel hill. City in chaos...

-the trltrt

That shit looks sorta delicious. Is that how rich people eat? I ask because I like McDonalds. To save money, I recommend getting a McDouble with Mac sauce on the side instead of a Big Mac. Get a couple even, since that is still cheaper and you got a full meal ahead of you :)

dammmmmnnnn I'd eat the FUCK out of that. Do you have to pay by the pound or what?

I wouldn't know. Mommy and daddy are paying for my degree in wummun studdies and I guess they just get the bill in the mail or auto-debit or something.

Good deal. Womens' studies is also the way to go. Anarchism needs more folks who don't start crying about "identity politics" or "essentialism" any time a dude gets called out on his sexism.

--an anarcha-feminist

igtt 11/10

Masterful!

or more 'folks' who don't cry 'sexism' when someone's authoriaritanism and essentialism get noticed.
ps. good one, everyone knows anarchafems don't post here.

Ya they are too busy baking cookies and protecting their ovaries for the future generations.

There was no coming back after the anarchafeminist comment. You already got rocked and no amount of quoting words like 'folks' is going to get you out of it.

Respectable salad bar.

smash the apartheid police state!
smash the colonialist tourism economy!

radical love to all the homies in the streets.

OP, you block out people's faces, but not their shoes. Block out shoes too!

I'm not OP, but I gotta say, after being at something like these mass demonstrations where craziness is occuring, you begin to feel like royalty because everyone is snapping your pciture, anyone from the police, to mainstream media, to independent media, to passersby's, to vigilante's, etc. And in the heat of the moment you dont know who has your picture and who doesn't.

Really, at this point, just bring a separate pair of shoes.

I wore my special march shoes. I win!

Do you think I could wear sandles? I got this awesome pair, but unfortunately I can't wear them without socks. On that note, should I have different socks too? I only got white tube socks, so I'd have to buy some multi-colored socks for the march.

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