May Day Protest to Focus on Worker Rights
By EGP Staff Report
A coalition of immigration rights activists announced Tuesday they plan to focus their annual May 1st protest on “worker dignity, health, safety and keeping immigrant families together.”
Representatives of local unions, the clergy and economic justice groups joined immigration rights activist at Tuesday’s press conference.
The May 1st protest will begin at 10 a.m. at the entrance to Chinatown, at the corner of Broadway and Cesar Chavez, and will conclude in front of the Detention Center on Alameda Street.
“We will be at the detention center because we want to defend our families,” said Angelica Salas, director of the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).
Activists repeated the words of members of Congress who say immigration reform cannot be done this year: “We have to tell our congressmen, Si Se Puede,” Salas said.
Maria Elena Durazo with the L.A. County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, said union workers will march in support of increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour for hotel, car wash and fast food workers, janitors and truck drivers.
“Looking at us today, Cesar Chavez would be telling us to put on our working shoes, to put on our organizing shoes! This May Day we will be marching and rallying for an immigration reform with a path to citizenship and for all the workers who deserve a living wage,” Durazo said.Print This Post
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