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MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017

Let's get this one thing straight: May Day shouldn't be about macho "anarchists" busting stuff up, but about economic justice and making a better world for all humans.

This year, that means resisting the far-right's assault on everything; and drawing as many citizens as possible into our "fold."

And that means reaching out across race/class/subculture barriers, not proclaiming your personal superiority to all those meat-eaters and TV-set-owners out there.

WEATHER

Intermittent showers Monday; possible clearing Tuesday.

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STILL PUNKY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

The Punk Rock Flea Market, bigger and louder than ever, hit Seattle Center's Northwest Court (including KEXP, the Vera Project, and SIFF Film Center) over the weekend, with vendors selling music, clothes, and custom tchotchkes. The event was originally held at the old Underground nightclub space, now owned by the Low Income Housing Institute. Part of its proceeds still benefit LIHI, which now runs "tiny house villages" as well as permanent apartments.

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CLINGING TO (FOLK)LIFE

The Folklife Festival, at Seattle Center every Memorial Day weekend, has always had free admission, relying on voluntary donations at the gates and sponsorships. That business model's just not working anymore. Without a large injection of new support, this year's festival may be the last.

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Supporters of the city income tax proposal say their cause has "huge momentum." (KCPQ)

Even if a city income tax passes the inevitable court challenges, most of the area's richest-of-the-rich won't have to pay it because they live in the suburbs. (SeaTimes) 

L'AFFAIRE MURRAY

Ed Murray's current sex-abuse accuser says more people will emerge with similar accusations. (KING)

Muray's attacks on his accusers "send a terrible message to sexual-abuse victims." (Jonathan Martin, SeaTimes oped)

Is the Murray case irreparably descending into a media circus? (Crosscut) 

I COVER THE WATERFRONT

Ex-City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck's running for the Port of Seattle Commission. (PS Biz Journal) 

I COVER THE WATER FRONT

The whole Green River valley, including Microsoft and Ikea among other institutions, would flood if the 55-year-old Howard Hansen Dam ever collapses, or if torrential waters just flow over it. (KUOW) 

ECO

The West Point treatment plant's catastrophic breakdown was (1) the end result of years of "deferred maintenance," and (2) so violent it could have injured or killed people working inside it. (SeaTimes) 

Tesoro wants to revamp its Anacortes oil refinery to operate more efficiently with less pollution, and also to produce a valuable petrochemical product. But some residents fear the end result of the rebuild could be more greenhouse-gas emissions. (Skagit Valley Herald) 

Kitsap County neighbors are trying to save the 3,500-acre Port Gamble Forest, threated with (natch) redevelopment, by buying it—an acre at a time. (KING) 

A local company hopes to help restore fish runs with its "salmon cannon." It's a pressurized, flexible plastic tube, through which fish "glide over" dams and other obstructions. (KIRO-TV) 

IN THE RESISTANCE

Thousands marched for climate-change action (and against the climate-change-denyin' DC regime) Saturday, here and across the country. (KING) (KCPQ) (KUOW)

Kentlake High School canceled a student trip to participate in a Victoria, BC parade, due to fears of immigration trouble. (KING) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Some Legislators are allegedly, illegally, using leftover campaign funds for apparel and other personal goods. (AP) 

SIC TRANSIT

Metro's now allowing Microsoft and Seattle Children's employee shuttle buses to use its bus stops. (SeaTimes)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The merchants of the West Seattle Junction have their own free parking lot. But it might disappear for, you guessed it, a mixed-use whatever. (KCPQ) 

THE PLANE TRUTH

Boeing wants the feds to impose tariffs on Bombardier, the Canadian plane-maker that's coming out with its own line of large passenger jetliners. (KCPQ)

THE BIG A

One of the things that could halt Amazon's mammoth growth: Wall Street financiers demanding higher short-term profits. (Bloomberg) 

TEK TALK

The latest thing in job-destroying automation: apple-picking robots. (AP)

TEL AVIV

Fox affiliate KCPQ's parent company, Tribune Broadcasting, might itself get sold to Fox. (USAT) 

SPORTS

Sounders FC came back with three goals in the last 15 minutes to achieve a 3-3 draw vs. New England. Home vs. Toronto Saturday.

The Mariners lost two out of three to Cleveland, including a pathetic 12-4 defeat Sunday. At Anaheim for three games starting Tuesday.

Former Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch, who's coming out of retirement but for a different team, bought a full-page ad in the Seattle Times thanking his fans. (GeekWire) 

The Seattle (really Kent) Thunderbirds will play in the Western Hockey League finals vs. the Regina Pats, starting Friday. (SeaTimes) 

TODAY

March for workers and immigrant rights. (Starting at Judkins Park, 11 am) 

Climate Justice Contingent. (Judkins Skatepark, 10 am) 

Womxn of Color and Families amarching contingent. (McGraw Square, 2 pm)

March on Amazon. (Westlake Park, 11 am) 

Day of Resistance. (UW Red Square, 11 am) 

May 1st March. (Space Needle, 2 pm) 

"Resolution for a Progressive Income Tax." (City Hall, 2 pm) 

Maypole fest. (Woodland Park, 5 pm) 

TONIGHT

Sandbox Radio presents "Mayday Mayday." (Town Hall)

Hedrick Smith on "Aftershocks of the Populist Earthquake." (Town Hall) 

Ashes of Joe Hill Centennial. (Mt. Pleasent Cemetery) 

Poet Layki Long Soldier. (Elliott Bay Book Co.) 

Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble. (Royal Room) 

Deb Montgomery CD release. (Substation) 

Endemic Ensemble. (Tula's) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Haruki Murakami, “A Slow Boat to China”):

“This was never a place I was meant to be. This isn’t a place for me.”

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