Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

Unions, immigrant groups to march in California cities


While union members traditionally march on May 1 for workers' rights in countries around the world, the day has become a rallying point for immigrants in the USA since massive demonstrations were held on the date in 2006 against a proposed immigration enforcement bill.

While over 120 organizations came together for a "Resistance March" where thousands gathered in downtown Los Angeles to show "resistance, unity and defiance", before marching across the town to the City Hall. An analysis from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania found that immigrants "tend to take jobs in manual-labor-intensive occupations, such as agriculture and construction", that native-born Americans would not otherwise take. We are exhausted of being demonized and scapegoated.

President Donald Trump has been outspoken about wanting to help American workers. The day has become a rallying point for immigrants in the US since demonstrations were held in 2006 against a proposed immigration enforcement bill.

Several hundred protested in San Francisco, and a handful staged a sit-down at the vehicle entrance for the immigration agency's building to try to prevent access.

De Blasio and mayors of other "sanctuary cities" - which limit cooperation with federal immigration law enforcement - have resisted the White House's push for more aggressive deportations because they say the policy threatens public safety.

The park where the "Roof and Refuge" rally and march began is in the heart of the Monument Boulevard neighborhood, home to a large immigrant Latino community.

Immigrant and union groups plan to march in cities across the USA on Monday to mark May Day and protest against President Donald Trump's efforts to boost deportations.

"If certain communities of color feel they are being targeted, they will not report real crimes and that puts everyone's safety at risk", Vice President of 32BJ Service Employees International Union Roxana Rivera explained. "We have non-uniformed officers on the inside, and I've got uniformed officers on the outside".

Smith insisted the counter-protesters were there just to be heard.

In many ways, US President Donald Trump's attempts to implement his hardline immigration policies have not gone very well in his first three months. "We were like, talking to them, shouting at them as you do at a protest". Sadia Mohammed, a refugee said, "I worry that my children are being isolated from my heritage and my family". "We're not Nazis, dude".

Some immigrant-owned businesses shut down for the day as part of the protest.

"This is May Day, this is International Worker Day, revived in 2006 by immigrants". "We also know that the Trump administration's approach is based on the ugly notion that America should expel 11 million hardworking undocumented immigrants, and that is wrong". "It's disgusting for these groups to say they're being oppressed, when in fact they actually oppress minority groups".

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A handful of Trump supporters wearing baseball caps with his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" are in attendance.

Demonstrations are being held across the world to mark May Day.

More than 200,000 US workers engineered a nationwide strike for an eight-hour workday on May 1, 1886, in what was supposed to be several days of protest. But the protests turned deadly in Haymarket Square in Chicago.

Carrying the U.S. national flag, protesters march on May Day through downtown Los Angeles, California on May 1, 2017.

"The United States stands as the world's leader in upholding the ideals of freedom, equality, and justice".

"We humbly thank our fearless service members and veterans who have worn our Nation's uniform from the American Revolution to the present day. It is changing the way the United States is viewed around the world, as well as the way we're talking about and reacting to immigration within the country".

Groups urged immigrant workers to skip work, school and shopping to highlight their impact on the economy. The former Soviet Union hosted large military parades on May Day during the Cold War.

In Paris, police fired tear gas and used clubs on rowdy protesters at a march that included calls to defeat far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. At least one protester was arrested for defying the ban.

Hundreds of workers, business owners and families have rallied in five CT cities to support immigrants' rights.

The origins of May Day, a traditional marker of spring, as a day of protest in the United States are rooted in the bloody history of the labor movement. The total number of immigrants arrested for deportation by this time in 2016 was approximately 2500.

"The same police that should be protecting us will turn us over to (ICE)", she said through a translator.

Later, May 1 was chosen as the annual commemoration date for the Chicago event and since then, with the support of influential groups led by anarchists, communists, and socialists, global workers or May Day began.

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