Things began smoothly at 8am. We waited just outside of Grant Park with supplies and met some ducks and a squirrel.
Around 11, we set up and began handing out safety packs which contained vinegar, earplugs, a paper towel, all wrapped in a bandanna. Everyone was receptive and appreciative, and word spread quickly.
A quick thanks to everyone who came today and enjoyed what we had to offer. We’ll gladly do it again in the future.
We joined the black bloc for the march and were part of the initial clash with police as we attempted to head east rather than the directed west. Injuries were sustained from police with clubs.
There was an old woman with a walker next to me. Everyone was trying to help her out, but she didn’t want to leave. She remained at the front of the lines yelling, “We’re not afraid!”
We’d like to think that our safety packs played a role in strengthening the black bloc by providing more people with the materials to participate, especially the bandannas.
No major incidents on our end, a comrade in jail, but we hope all are well and safe. We’ll update as more projects come up.
Buttons and bandannas for NATO
May Day, Chicago. 2012.