Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Sci-tech | By Doreen King

Rallies for Workers, Immigrants Rights Mark May Day Around the World


Three days later, a meeting that began peacefully at Haymarket Square in Chicago became violent when a bomb was set off, killing police officers who were monitoring the demonstration. Authorities said the group of Portland anarchists were wearing black bandanas and ski masks and began breaking windows at businesses, setting fires on downtown streets and damaging a police cruiser.

Some Trump supporters said they would also turn out on May Day.

The "Here to Stay" rallies in Boston, Chelsea, and Everett on Monday are also meant to be a call for MA lawmakers to approve the Safe Communities Act.

Then, at dusk, dozens of protestors gathered in front of the county building downtown to denounce the policies of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez, whose administration openly collaborates with Immigration and Customs Enforcement turning over foreign nationals arrested by local police and whose names appear on detainers issued by ICE.

In a Los Angeles park, several thousand people waved American flags and signs reading "love not hate" as demonstrators prepared to participate in May Day marches expected to be larger than in recent years, buoyed by opposition to the new administration.

Maria Trujillo, a janitor who is now a USA citizen, said she knows "what it's like to be afraid in her own community".

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"I do believe that MA can definitely be a leader across the United States in demonstrating what happens when we act from a place of love rather than from a place of fear", she said.

The rallies, called May Day Action, are being called the largest protest of immigrants since President Trump took office in January.

Democratic state Sen. Jamie Eldridge is the bill sponsor and said it wasn't enough for individual communities to become sanctuary cities because workers must cross city lines to get to and from jobs. But the widespread protests in the United States were aimed directly at the new president. "We are saying that is not going to be acceptable".

In addition to rallies, immigrant rights activists in communities in Indiana, Massachusetts, Texas and elsewhere are calling for strikes to show Americans the demand for immigrant labor and immigrants' purchasing power.

Labor and immigrant rights groups along with some local elected officials are planning a march to the White House to oppose President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

In Washington, D.C., commercial construction company owner Salvador Zelaya paid his employees to take the day off to attend a march.

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Despite the West Coast clashes, most protests nationwide were peaceful as immigrants, union members and their allies staged a series of strikes, boycotts and marches to highlight the contributions of immigrants in the United States.

Groups around the country have a variety of demonstrations planned to mark May Day on Monday.

De Blasio and mayors of other "sanctuary cities" - which limit cooperation with federal immigration law enforcement - have resisted the White House's push for more aggressive deportations because they say the policy threatens public safety.

In Shemanski Park in Portland, Oregon, before the violence broke out hundreds of people, including some families with children, gathered and watched dancers in bright feathered headdresses perform to the beat of drums.

But the primary impetus cited by civil liberties and labour activists was Trump's strict new immigration enforcement policy - falling most heavily on undocumented workers who toil in low-paying, non-unionised sectors such as hospitality, childcare and agriculture.

Workers and members of various trade unions dressed in red take part in a rally on the occasion o.

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Protests will likely rival the magnitude of the historic May Day rallies of 2006, when millions of people across the USA took to the streets demanding federal immigration reform.

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