by Susan Fried and Naomi Ishisaka
(This article was originally published by The Seattle Globalist)
Signs urged “Stop the Killings” and “No New Youth Jail” at a May Day march centering womxn of color and families as part of Seattle’s annual International Workers and Immigrants Rights march.
Hundreds of people in different groups throughout Seattle participated in May Day, an international movement that focuses on the fight against systemic racism, colonization, imperialism, capitalism and patriarchy.
The contingent of marchers that met in Pioneer Square was called the May Day Womxn of Color and Families and Anti-Imperialist march. Organizing parties included Families of Color Seattle, Tenants Union of Washington, Rainier Valley Corps, Jewish Voices for Peace, and Coalition of Anti-Racists Whites, among others.
Some of this group’s main focus points raised awareness of the No New Youth Jail effort and the wave of violent citizen deaths since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office.
Their Facebook post welcomed families, children, [people with] disabilities, elderly, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming folks, allies, friends, to join them.
Photographers Susan Fried and Naomi Ishisaka were there to take photos of the day’s events.
Featured Image: Undocumented immigrant rights activist Maru Mora marched with the contingent and made a speech during the rally. (Photo by Susan Fried)