Monday, May 4, 2015

May Day Recap

Friday's 6 month anniversary of resistance to Ft Lauderdale's sharing ban merged seemlessly with the call for "May Day for Freddie Gray" in solidarity with the Baltimore Uprising. About 100 activists joined FNB's weekly sharing in Stranahan Park and then crashed Las Olas' Wine & Food Fest before shutting down traffic on Broward Blvd from Victoria Park to Andrews Avenue. While there were no arrests, there were many confrontations between the FLPD, many of whom were on bicycles, and the protesters that they unsuccessfully tried to force off the streets for most of the march.

Large albums of this colorful and musical May Day march can be found here, here and here.

This protest marks yet another successful fusion between the homeless discrimination struggles of Food Not Bombs and other rebel food sharers and the new tide of anti-racist, anti-police brutality activism of the Broward Dream Defenders and many others besides. The Dream Defenders are following up Friday's protest with a visit this Tuesday to everyone's favorite stalwart of the unjust status quo, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission. Dream Defenders are signed up for citizen's presentations about City's unjust and discriminatory policing towards communities of color and homeless people.