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May Day Marchers Around The World Celebrate Workers, Immigrants

09 May 2017

Patricia Morales, a 50-year-old singer from Ventura, California, said she believes Trump only wants to oust immigrants in the country illegally who commit crimes.

The Second International, a worldwide organization of socialists, anarchists and communists, blamed police for attacking what they insisted was a peaceful protest and proclaimed May Day a date of remembrance for the protesters who were killed.

In Atlanta, about 200 rallied under gloomy skies holding "ICE Get Out" banners and "Not One More Deportaton" placards to protest recent arrests and deportations of immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and to call on Atlanta officials to extend more protections to immigrants.

In Austin, protesters staged a sit-in in Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's office demanding that he veto a controversial new immigration measure passed last week by the state legislature.

The day will include a migrant's strike across the USA, in an action reminiscent of February's Day Without Immigrants protests, which saw businesses across the United States close for a day.

In cities large and small, the protests intensified throughout the day.

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Police reform and racial justice groups criticised the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, including unsuccessful attempts to ban refugees and immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries. "We belong here. It's important to let people know we're part of this nation and we work hard and pay taxes".

In a brilliant op-ed in the LA Times last week, Sonia Nazario argues that, instead of spending billions more at the border, the US should invest in a much more cost-efficient, and effective, solution: help home countries reduce crime and violence and improve economic opportunity. In the USA, the event became a rallying point for immigrants in 2006 when massive demonstrations were held against an immigration enforcement bill.

In Philadelphia, about 1,000 school teachers picketed at schools around the city.

Riot police officers take position as they face demonstrators during the May Day demonstration in.


Organizers say tens of thousands are expected to march downtown to City Hall on Monday after groups that held separate May 1 events in the past joined together this year.

Along the way, protesters handed-out stickers to spectators, many of them on-duty workers; the day's traditional focus. It will be the second such strike since Trump took office; February 16 was also a "day without immigrants", organized in response to Trump's immigration policies and travel ban.

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Indian workers and members of various trade unions dressed in red take part in a rally on the occasion of International Workers' Day in Bangalore on Monday.

Organizers are saying today will be the largest protests since that year.

Union members march globally May 1 in support of workers' rights. The bill, for which Eldridge is the Senate sponsor, would prevent state resources like local law enforcement from being used to enforce federal immigration law. Trump has said his policies are meant to keep America safe. Many took sick days to protest.

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 1: Washington State troopers block access to Interstate 5 as Workers and Immigrant Rights March participants pass by on May 1, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Lauderdale, Florida, to Portland, Oregon. In many places, activists are urging people to skip work, school and shopping to show the importance of immigrants in American communities.

The Little Village restaurant Mi Tierra shut so workers could join the march from Union Park to Daley Plaza and planned to reopen later in the afternoon.

Labor unions and civil rights groups staged May Day rallies in several USA cities on Monday to denounce President Donald Trump's get-tough policy on immigration, a crackdown they said preys on vulnerable workers in some of America's lowest-paying jobs.

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