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Blog: Small Turn Out for Splintered May Day Marches

The economy, gloomy weather, fear of swine flu and past police violence didn’t stop pro-immigrant activists from getting dressed-up, and worked-up, to be part of the fourth May Day marches today.


Downtown LA, May 1, 2009. Foto by G.A. Castillo

Traffic was snarled as police had closed down streets and buses were re-routed in preparation for marchers, but compared to past years, protesters trickled through empty looking Downtown streets.

The “Full Rights for Immigrant Workers, ” “Immigrant Rights/Legalize LA,” “March for Immigrants,” and the “May First Annual Boycott” converged near City Hall. The “May First Day of Action in Support of Workers Rights” went from Echo Park straight to Olvera Street.

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Downtown LA, May 1, 2009. Foto by G.A. Castillo

While the marches all seemed to vary slightly, they all called attention to the many problems in current immigration policy and for power through unity—a goal that may have not been accomplished.

Still, those present were eager to be civic participants… read more [2]