Immigration rights and labor activists will hold several events to commemorate International Worker’s Day, also known as May Day, in Los Angeles tomorrow, May 1.
Several groups have set up meeting spots throughout the county, where they will focus on their main issues, before meeting up with one of two larger marches taking place during the afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles; one kicking off at 1 p.m. and the other at 4 p.m. and then join up with one of the two larger protest marches taking place events are also planned throughout the county.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), in collaboration numerous organizations, including the Multicultural Immigrant Worker Organizing Network (MIWON), ANSWER Coalition, Center for Community Change, CARECEN, COFEM, and others are coordinating the event at 1 p.m., which will focus on the urgent need for good jobs, good education, world peace and immigration reform, according to CHIRLA’s press release.
Marchers will gather at Olympic Blvd. and S. Broadway and head down North on Broadway towards First Street. A rally at the end of the route will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m.
As in years past, the march will once again call for reforming the nation’s broken immigration system.
“At a time when one million, five hundred thousand people have been deported during the past three years, the human crisis this represents will be represented by marchers through t-shirt, poster, and banner messages,” according to CHIRLA’s press release.
Activists will also encourage recently naturalized citizens to register to vote and visit the polls on Election Day.
Marchers are urged to bring American flags, wear white t-shirts and hats and keep hydrated. For more information visit http://www.chirla.org/node/162
The second march is being put on by the Southern California Immigrants Rights Coalition—comprised of numerous organizations including United Teachers Los Angeles, LULAC Foundation Latino Roundtable, Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, Brown Berets and Bus Riders Union— will start at the same intersection of Olympic Blvd. and S. Broadway, at 4 p.m.
Their message is focused on the need for full legalization and driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, an end to ICE raids, and saying no to a guest worker programs.
According to www.occupymay1st.org, there will be specific protests, caravans and group rides from “four winds” that will feed into the marches and rallies:
— 10:00 a.m. gather for Steven Rodriguez memorial at Carl’s Junior (1231 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA); at 10:50 a.m. march to Belvedere Park, depart at 11:30 a.m. for noon rally “Education as a Human Right” at Obregon Par, located at Michigan Ave and Gifford St.
— 11:00 a.m. the LA County Federation Of Labor Teamsters will hold “No Somos Basura” (We are not trash) action at American Recycling, located at 4560 Doran Street, LA (near LA Zoo).
— 1:00 p.m. gather for “Health Care as a Human Right Rally” at Mariachi Plaza, located at 1831 E. 1st St Boyle Heights. Participants are encouraged to take the Metro Gold Line.
— 2:00 p.m. march from MacArthur Park area on 6th St. to downtown convergence at 6th & Main. March to Pershing Square, anticipated arrival is 3:30 p.m.
— 2:00 p.m. some groups will meet up at Plaza Olvera, and march to convergence at 6th & Main.
— 2:30 p.m. Occupy LA caravans converge for financial district protest at 6th & Main.
— 4:00 p.m. (or earlier) begins rally in Pershing Square
— 6 p.m. Southern California Immigrants Rights Coalition marchers arrive for rally at Pershing Square.
— 6:00 p.m. possible “Justice for Janitors” SEIU-USWW strike.
— 7:30 p.m. General Assembly at Pershing Square
In solidarity with workers rights, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Pacoima Beautiful, Communities for Better Environment, La Causa, and others South East LA communities will have a bicycle caravan and meet at Olympic Blvd & Atlantic Blvd at 11:55am, according to their event, “May Day Bici-Marcha” announcement on Facebook.com
The cyclists will travel down Olympic Blvd to downtown, they anticipate their arrival at 1:00 p.m. Bell Gardens cyclists are encouraged to ride down Atlantic Blvd to join the group ride.
Eastside Café, located at 5469 Huntington Drive North in El Sereno, will hold a daylong May 1st General Strike for people who won’t be able to make the caravan to Pershing Square. The day’s events include discussions on immigration legislation updates, proposed education cuts, fighting foreclosure. There will also be entertainment such as music and poetry. Activities begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. for details visit http://eastsidecafeechospace.blogspot.com/ or call (323) 697-5876 or (213) 304-5424
Self Help Graphics & Art will also hold an independent event related to the May Day observance. They will open the exhibit “Jornalero Papers Premiere & Dialogue” at 4p.m., program is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information visit www.selfhelpgraphics.com
In addition, Metro has announced its bus service in downtown will be detoured due to the marches between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Metro buses that will be detoured due to street closures are: 2, 4, 10(48), 14(37), 16, 316, 18, 20, 28, 30, 33, 40, (42), 45, 51 (52), 53, 55, (355), 60, 62, 66, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 81, 83, 84, (68), 90, 91, 92, 94, 96, 439, 442, 460, 487, (489) 720, 728, 730, 733, 740, 745, 760, 794, 910. Metro rail lines will not be affected.
For more information on routes and schedules call (323) GO-Metro or (323) 466-3876 or visit Metro’s trip planner at www.metro.net
El pasado 28 de abril se realizó una ceremonia en Exposition Park para inaugurar la Línea Expo que ya esta abierta al público.
Steve Hymon, escritor del blog de Metro, capto algunos de los comentarios de funcionarios públicos estuvieron el viernes en la ceremonia.
• “La apertura de la Línea Expo es un paso central hacia el sistema de transporte del siglo 21 que esta región merece”, dijo el alcalde angelino y presidente de la Junta Directiva de Metro, Antonio Villaraigosa.
• “Dentro de 30 años esta línea será recordada como la que transportaba a decenas de miles de personas (a diario) y también como una de las más ocupadas en todas partes, no sólo en Los Ángeles”, dijo el supervisor del condado y miembro de la Junta de Metro, Zev Yaroslavsky. “Esta es una etapa dorada para el transporte público en Los Ángeles,” dijo y agregó que cada una de las líneas de trenes que se esperan inaugurar en la próxima década es el pago a los votantes de Los Ángeles que aprobaron en 2008 la Medida R, que es el impuesto de medio centavo a las ventas.
• “Mi hija va a la escuela justo atrás de mí”, dijo la concejal y ex presidenta de la Junta Directiva de Expo, Jan Perry, señalando hacia el campus de USC. “Voy a enviarle un texto cuando terminemos aquí para decirle que la próxima vez que me pida que la lleve a casa, mejor tome el tren”.
Lea la nota completa de Hymon en El Pasajero.Metro.net