This Sunday, May 1, the sun beamed down on thousands of people rallying in the streets of downtown Los Angeles for annual May Day marches supporting rights for immigrants and improved conditions for workers. Numerous organizations came together such as Party for Socialism and Liberation, Hermanidad Mexicana Nacional, Revolution LA, CHIRLA, and The Full Rights for Immigrants. Not only were these organizations seemlessly sewn together, the voices of all the protestors and supporters when chanting human rights slogans echoed undeniably strong and united.
The Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition was the second planned march and rally, themed “Build Bridges Not Walls,” with hundreds of immigrants, union members, workers and supporters gathering at Broadway and Olympic Boulevard then heading north on Broadway and Spring Street, ending with a rally at Grand Park in the Civic Center area.
“We start a Revolution by organizing! Getting people out of their homes and into the streets! We need movement, dialogue, unity, a revolution that begins with conscious participation. We need more people to vocalize their ideas and network with others to form a working-class pro-people united front. We need to figure out new innovative ways to awaken the masses and spark thought so that others can rise up and become active in controlling the future of our people and our planet.” – Trinity , Revolution LA Organizer
Sofía Cruz, 5, an American-born daughter of Mexican immigrants met the Pope earlier this year to give him a letter she wrote, ” Pope Francis, I want to tell you that my heart is sad and I would like to ask you to speak with the president and the Congress in legalizing my parents … All immigrants just like my dad feed this country. They deserve to live with dignity. They deserve to live with respect.”
“In addition to fighting for workers’ rights, we are fighting for our dignity this time around, our self-respect,” – Jorge-Mario Cabrera, spokesman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.
In addition to demanding equality for immigrants, the march also protested Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s controversial statements about people from Mexico and Muslims.
The Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition
The Party for Socialism and Liberation posters illuminated the march.
It was a peaceful protest with a very direct message, “Its time to stand up against the threat to freedom, human rights, equality, and the welfare of our country and all our people.” – Tomas Kennedy