Anarchists celebrate Mayday in Rhodes Park
In the shadow of the recent FBI sting on an allegeded anarchist plot to blow up a random bridge in northern Ohio, a group of Central Ohio radicals held an afternoon cookout celebrating international workers day in the West Side park named after notorious governor James Rhodes. The picnic was in solidarity with the general strike that was called by the occupy movement with over half of the people in attendance calling off work to attend.
The crowd was a diverse mixture of radicals who felt affinity with Mayday, a international holiday celebrated almost everywhere except for the United States, as one participant joked, the government has made a few attempts at renaming the holiday both Law day and Loyalty day, with presidents as recently as Bush and Obama both promoting it. The real history was not lost on these participants as one IWW member retold the story of the Haymarket Anarchists of Chicago who were murdered by the government following the aftermath of a bomb tossed at police in 1886. Their only crime was that of being anarchists and struggling for the 8 hour workday, many of them had no connection to the demonstration.
And so the meeting today consisted mainly of hanging out and discussing the topics of the day, while a game of kickball ensued. The topics ranged from a petition to legalize gay marriage to notice of a prison strike by Ohio Supermax prisoners that was starting today so that they could get more Rec time. One person was talking about organizing day labourers and the Million Marijuana March was shared to be taking place on May 5th at 4:20 at 17th and High St, in the campus area of Columbus, Ohio. Also mentioned was the Re-Imagine OSU campaign taking place on May 16-18th, where students and faculty at Ohio State will be working to organize a bottom-up university.
The event was well attended and helped to build a sense of connection amongst the participants that will likely be useful in their future fights for social justice, liberation and a world where capitalism doesn't force most people to spend their days working just to pay the bills and get by.