Traditionally a day of demonstrations in support of workers’ rights, May Day in recent years has taken a new meaning. Here’s what we know about this year’s events.
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Traditionally a day of demonstrations in support of workers’ rights, May Day in recent years has transformed into a strange routine in Seattle. For the past five years, peaceful, permitted protests have traditionally commenced during daytime. At night, black-clad demonstrators have clashed with police.
Here’s what we know about May Day plans this year.
• The May Day Veteran Anti-War Formation plans to rally at 9 a.m. at the Garden of Remembrance at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle and then march to Judkins Park, 2150 S. Norman St.
• The Union of Academic Student Employees at the University of Washington has plans for an event at 11 a.m. at the campus’ Red Square.
• A “March on Amazon” is planned for 11 a.m., beginning at Westlake Park. Organizers are calling for Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos to build 20,000 free public housing units, provide a universal basic income of $1,000 a month to every King County resident and fully fund transit in the region, among other demands.
• The 18th annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights will coalesce at Judkins Park beginning at 11 a.m. The march is expected to depart for Seattle Center about 1 p.m. and will travel through First Hill, downtown and Belltown neighborhoods.
• About 3:30 p.m., the marchers are expected to gather at Seattle Center’s Fisher Green, where cultural performances are planned.
Social-media postings suggest anti-capitalist and anti-fascist events will commence about 6 p.m. Among the sites that have been mentioned as possible gathering points are Judkins Park, Cal Anderson Park, the Space Needle, the King County Juvenile Detention Center, Victor Steinbrueck Park near the Pike Place Market and the University of Washington.
Also on social media is discussion of counter-protests opposing the anti-capitalist march. It’s not clear when or where counter-protesters plan to meet.
King County warns of significant transit delays Monday, especially during the afternoon and evening commute. Dozens of Metro and Sound Transit routes will be rerouted or delayed.
• Buses will be rerouted around the immigrant-rights march beginning about 1 p.m., affecting 11 Metro routes (7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 36, 43, 47, 49 and 106) and delaying Sound Transit express routes 522, 545 and 554 and all other transit service on downtown Seattle streets.
• Bus slowdowns or temporary short-term reroutes will be implemented as needed for all other expected and unexpected demonstrations, marches and rallies, managed by transit chiefs.
• First Hill Streetcar service is expected to be disrupted during the day. The South Lake Union Streetcar will be halted after 9 a.m. and resume service later in the day if possible.
• Light-rail service will operate more three-car trains during the day.