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May 6, 16

Kansas City May Day Report Back

From AMN Collective

This year on May Day Eve in Kansas City Missouri local anarchists and radical sympathizers held down a free food party in Prospect Plaza Park. We spent the night before and the morning of preparing all sorts of delicious vegan food; “hot dogs”, spicy “chicken” patties, cake, and the notorious KC Food Not Bombs mac n “cheese.” One person even brought their parrot!


After the neighborhood had their fill we hit the streets. Marching through Kansas City from the Park to the Jackson County Correctional Center. Kansas City is a place where we are able to maintain a lot of anarchist projects but it is somewhat rare to take the streets. Many of us have been arrested and assaulted for doing so in the past. On this night the streets were ours. Every time we screamed “Fuck The Police” a passerby would throw their fist up in the air, shout it back, or just sit quietly with a big grin on their face.


At JCCC we held a noise demo, to remind those who the state has stolen from us and locked in cages that we have not forgotten them as well to inform local prisoners about the May Day prisoner strikes occurring all across the country. Prisoners pounded on their windows back to us, as well as flipping their light switches to let us know they were listening. This is not the first time noise has been raised at this facility. We do this not only because prisoners are workers, but because all prisoners are political prisoners.


Afterward it was decided to take a stroll through Power & Light a notoriously racist and classist part of our city that was heavily funded by tax payer money. “Rest In Power Ryan Stokes” was shouted in memory of a black man who was murdered by KCPD in the area.


On May 1st we released the digital version of a zine we handed out the previous day as well as food was handed out as usual at Food Not Bombs.

Serving Food In The Park: [Video]
May Day March & Prisoner Noise Demo: [Video 1] [Video 2]

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