Thousands March At May Day Events Across The US

Protester holds sign at the May Day March in Los Angeles. Photo: NJP

Reporting from Los Angeles

Immigrants, whites, blacks, Asians, and everything in between flooded downtown Los Angeles during the annual May Day march to protest the tough anti-immigrant law in Arizona and demand comprehensive immigration reform.

May Day organizers estimated that more than 250,000 attended the march in Los Angeles, even though the cops say it was about 95,000 people. Some 80 rallies took place across the United States including in Dallas, Tucson, Phoenix, San Francisco, New York, San Jose, Fresno, and Houston.

May Day rally in Los Angeles. Photo: NJP

The anti-immigrant law that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed has sparked anger as well as a new wave of activism within the Latino community. Several people were arrested in front of the White House during a civil disobedience action, including U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez — one of the co-sponsors of a proposed immigration reform bill.

Watch a video of the arrests in front of the White House

Bad PR For Arizona

The bad PR that Arizona is getting over their immigration law, prompted legislators there to amend sections of the law yesterday, which doesn’t go into effect until the summer. One of the amends included, having police officers only ask for identification papers to those who are detained, stopped, and arrested. Before the amendment, the police had unlimited authority to ask for papers to anyone they suspected was undocumented, thus opening the door to racial profiling.

A boycott to Arizona has been called by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has been very outspoken on the issue. Villaraigosa believes that the law in the state is “anti-American.” The mayor was also one of the numerous speakers at Saturday’s rally, narrating how his grandparents came to the US some 100 years ago.

Protester at May Day rally in Los Angeles. Photo: NJP

Marchers also demanded that President Barack Obama pushes to get immigration reform passed as soon as possible. Some of them carried signs saying, “No legalization, no re-election.” They also called for a stop on ICE raids.

Numerous other events will take place in the following weeks in order to keep up the momentum, according to immigrant rights advocates.

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4 Responses to Thousands March At May Day Events Across The US

  1. Ole Ole Olson
    +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
    May 1, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Boycott Arizona. Their racist decision not to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. cost them hundreds of millions of dollars before they retracted it. Make the state pay a price for this racist decision too.

  2. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Montana
    May 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I saw Jay Leno at Correspondent Dinner his best line was; “That was my favorite story (this year) Republicans and a Lesbian bondage club. It’s ironic, Republicans don’t want lesbian getting married but they do like watching them “tie the knot”. So I thought that was interesting.”

    You can say the same about Tea Party, they say they respect the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence but they do not mind passing laws, through weak Governors (no one ever voted for this crazy) who only care about getting reelected on the backs of undocumented workers, that will not pass Constitution muster, just like Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago, keep passing them Arizona and the rest of us will continue to challenged them in the courts and you will lose again (and yes we will boycott you!). Their phony patriotism is sickening; they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions). The Birthers and the Tea party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that’s like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that.

  3. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Benito
    May 4, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I will tell you what I have seen these last few days I saw our beloved Stars and Stripes flag, the flag from Mexico and some flags from other countries. I saw children, parents and grand parents together in solidarity, my people the working class, they may not be sophisticated but they got the message heard. From publish reports the demonstrations included both US citizens and undocumented workers. This brought me a smile because I always enjoy seeing brothers helping brothers.

    This reminds me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn’t stop to help him. Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need. Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his brother.

    You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”

    But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

    As I see it, we should stand-up against a law is passed in anger and is against our Constitution/ Bill of Rights/ Declaration of Independence and is targets a specific group.

    God bless all my brothers and sister that stood side by side with our brothers and sisters in need. When our judgment comes I know God will not discriminate by country of origin as men do.

  4. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Hey You!
    May 4, 2010 at 9:07 am

    The real flaw in the logic here is that some folks believe that the violence and illegal activity is due to undocumented workers. In reality, violent crime is down in Arizona but the media and the hard-liners in AZ make sure that if an undocumented worker is involved, it’s big news, but the facts are that violent crime has slowed in the last few years in AZ. The law passed isn’t going to stop the real problem which are drug runners and smugglers, It isn’t even going to slow them down.

    There was a great article in the LA Times featuring an interview with an ex-Phoenix cop who had to deal with these issues. (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/immigration/la-me-0502-lopezcolumn-20100502%2C0%2C2732982.column)

    And he said it very plainly after a white cop was killed: “I told people that it’s not whites or Hispanics who killed Marc,” he said back then. “It’s drug-dealing cop killers. The issue isn’t ethnicity — it’s crime and drugs.”

    And this is the real problem with this law is that it doesn’t address the real issue, at all.

    This reminds me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn’t stop to help him. Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need. Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his brother.

    You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”

    But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

    As I see it, we should stand-up against a law is passed in anger and is against our Constitution/ Bill of Rights/ Declaration of Independence and is targets a specific group.

    God bless all my brothers and sister that stood side by side with our brothers and sisters in need. When our judgment comes I know God will not discriminate by country of origin as men do.