International Worker’s Day and the Global General Strike

Hip Hop Occupies to Decolonize is proud to announce we have solidified the performance line up for Rise & Decolonize II, in solidarity with International Worker’s Day and the Global General Strike! Please join the facebook event page here: and share with friends! We are inviting artists, youth, families, and the broader Seattle community to save the date and join us at Westlake Park from 9am-4pm for a day of music, live art, dance, cypher sessions, and more in the spirit of Hip Hop and creative resistance, as well as in remembrance of Trayvon Marvin, Rekia Boyd, Shaima Alawai, Rhamarley Graham, Kenneth Camberlin Sr., Wendell Allen, John T. Williams, and all those whose lives were lost to systemic and internalized white supremecy.

Our tremendous inter-generational, mixed-medium, multicultural, line-up honors voices from our communities and includes performers ages two and up featuring:

206 Zulu Kids, Black Magic Noize, Beloved 1, Jamil Suleman, Prince Kapone, King Khazm, Youth Speakin’ Truth, Kama, J.Infinite, Milu, Notorious Potential, Too Chill, Massiah, Mic Flont, Man Danno, Ethos, Maria Gullien, Stephany Koch Hazelrigg, Members of the Seattle Fandango Community, Jadis Sue Floe, Dee.Ale, Sista Hailstorm, Baby J, Suntonio Bandanaz, Jace Ecaj, Spyc-E, Ms. Kash, Baron Dekalb more! DJs Gumbeaux, Cues, SeaBefore, & Too Quick on the decks. With sound by: Spoken Visuals!

We are also VERY excited to announce our special guest WALIDAH, (, who is a world-renowned historian, reporter, revolutionary and spoken word artist. (Thanks to Sam Chesneau w/ Seattle Central Community College for hooking this up.) Stay tuned for more announcements on speakers and live-art coming soon!

May Day Background: In commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, International Worker’s Day (May Day) has historically celebrated and honored the resistance of all workers of the world. As we rise and decolonize, we acknowledge the legacies of the tens of thousands of people across the country who carried a three day general strike in support of the 8 hour work day on May 1, 1886. We also remember the Great American Boycott of 2006 where millions of im/migrant workers and economic refugees took to the streets to stand up against H.R. 4437, racist attacks against Im/migrants and all victims of economic violence across the globe. In the” American Spring”, similar to a Day Without Im/migrants, we stand up against the exploitation of all people worldwide. If capital and corporations can cross borders, so can all humans! Just like Hip Hop transcends borders in movement and motion, we as people decolonize our bodies, minds, hearts, and communities.

The whole world is watching, another world is possible!

~Julie C