May Day 2010: For workers' rights and the environment, oppose racism, defend revolutions
Havana, May 1, 2010.
May 1, 2010 -- May Day -- saw millions of people mobilising around globe to oppose attacks on workers' rights, reverse the degradation of the environment, defend the rights of oppressed peoples and migrants and -- as in Nepal, Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia -- to make, extend or defend unfolding revolutions.
In Nepal, Jed Brandt reports that between 500,000 and 1 million people flooded the streets on Kathmandu to demand the resignation of the government. The massive mobilisation -- called by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the Young Communist League -- is the prelude to a general strike that begins May 2.
Hundreds of thousands march in Havana.
Across Cuba, reported Prensa Latina, "millions of men, women and children packed the main squares,
marched along central avenues all over the provinces and municipalities
of the nation declaring their support to the revolutionary process they
have freely chosen". In Havana, hundreds of thousands marched. "Along Paseo Avenue and the
Revolution Square ... an almost never-ending march in front of
the monument to national hero Jose Marti brought together students,
workers, sportspeople, professionals, technicians and even many foreign
youngsters studying in Cuba. A huge bloc of more than 10,000 women ... marched with much happiness, enthusiasm, showing an unequivocal
message of their support in the historical moment Cuba is living. The common slogan in all demonstrations was unity as the only
alternative to overcome hardships and to stand up to the dangers coming
from abroad, especially political harassment from Washington and some
European capitals with the old illusion of finishing with the Cuban revolutionary process."
Venezuelansmarched on May 1 to celebrate International Worker's Day.
President Hugo Chavez also implemented a 15% wage increase, and
the government broadened social security entitlements. The main national march was in the capital Caracas, where people
chanted, danced, waved placards and banners and played music as they
marched towards the presidential palace Miraflores. While there were no
official or police estimates, observers estimate
that 100,000 people turned out, celebrating the achievements of the
Bolivarian revolution and its promotion of wage increases, better
working conditions and better life conditions for the poor majority.
In Bolivia, the government of socialist president Evo Morales nationalised a number of electricity firms. The Cuban news agency Prensa Latina reported that "a large police contingent took over the plant of Electric Company Corani
S.A., located in the town of Colomi, 52 miles from Cochabamba. Another group ... intervened [at] the facilities of the Empresa de Luz y
Fuerza Electrica Cochabamba S.A.... other enterprises, Guaracachi, Valle
Hermoso and Transportadora de Electricidad, were also taken over by
police as part of the nationalisation process decreed by the government... In previous days, the Evo Morales
administration advanced its intentions of nationalising three private
power enterprises, subsidiaries of French and British firms." Morales was quoted in Al Jazeera as saying, "Basic services cannot be a
private business. We are recovering the energy, the light, for all
In Tucson, Arizona, 15,000 protested against the racist law. Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, said that Brewer’s signing of SB1070 had had an unintended effect: “It has brought el pueblo together, not only in Arizona, but across the nation!”
May Day is definitely back in New York City. The energy was high as around
30,000 people participated in two separate demonstrations. Many in the
crowd were motivated by the recent decision in Arizona to pass harsh
anti-immigrant legislation. For one day at least lower Manhattan was
taken away from the yuppies and tourists who dominate it on weekends by
the sheer size of the crowds.
An early march in Foley Square was organised by trade unions in New York
City and more mainstream immigrant rights groups. Fifteen thousand answered this
call and carried out a march around City Hall to demand real immigration
reform. This demonstration followed up a well-attended rally on Wall
Street on April 30 in support of financial regulation. Participants in
both the April 30 and May 1 were greeted by a full lineup of
official union and community spokespeople.
Things were a bit more raucous at the Union Square May Day
demonstration. Speakers from several grassroots immigrants’ rights
groups were backed up by hip-hop artists and spoken-word poets. Arizona
was everywhere at this rally. People wore buttons urging a boycott of
the state, signs demanded the repeal of the anti-immigrant law SB1070
and one handmade poster described Arizona Governor Jan Brewer as “the
daughter of Hitler”...
Other marchers called for more systemic changes. “We are marching today
to demand amnesty for all the undocumented”, said Kristin Schall of the
Socialist Party USA, “If you live here and work here you deserve to have
legal status.” Most in the march were sympathetic to this position,
viewing it as an end goal for the movement.
In Turkey, Press TV reported, more than 200,000 people "gathered for the first time in 33 years in
Istanbul's Taksim Square, where dozens were killed decades ago.
The Taksim Square was declared off-limits after gunmen, during the
1977 May Day rally, killed 34 people in cold blood."
In Palestine, more than 4000 Palestinians held May Day demonstrations near the Erez crossing with Israel and the Rafah border with Egypt to
protest at the lockdown of Gaza. Two thousand demonstrators waving red and Palestinian flags
gathered near the Erez border crossing with Israel in northern Gaza in
response to a call from the Democratic Front for the
Liberation of Palestine and other left-wing groups. Two thousand more gathered at Rafah, while hundreds of other demonstrators took part in a sit-in
against the blockade -- which causes high unemployment in the
impoverished territory -- at Rafah on the border with Egypt.
"We call on the world to stop the siege of Gaza and to come to
the defence of Palestinian workers in all Palestinian territories", said
Ramzi Rabah, a protest organiser with the Democratic Front for the
Liberation of Palestine.
In Auckland, New Zealand, a
huge march of 50,000 turned out to march against the government's
plans to allow mining in the country's national parks. While not a formal May Day march, it highlighted the fact that
environmental issues, particularly climate change, are a key issue for
the left and progressive movement. Greenpeace ambassador Robyn Malcolm
said: "For nearly 50,000 Kiwis to turn out and be prepared to speak with
one voice, must tell the government something. And that something is
this: we, the people of NZ get it; we get the argument, we see what
you’re up to and we won’t have it. Our land will always be more
important to our identity than some extra dollars in the pockets of
According to the first capitalist press reports, in Europe hundreds of thousands took part in May 1 protests, including 300,000 in France.
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, more than 1000 people took part in a May Day march organised by the Malaysian Trades Union Congress and the May Day Committee. The committee includes the Oppressed People's Network
(JERIT); Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram); Malaysian Youth & Student
Democratic Movement; Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia and the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM). May Day marches began in 1994 and have since become an annual gathering. The themes, made crisply and
vividly obvious through the chants from the protesters -- "GST: Makes Poor Poorer", "Bantah GST" (oppose GST),
"Hidup rakyat" (long live the people), "Hidup pekerja (long live the
workers), "Hari Pekerja, hari kami" (Labour Day is our day) and "Gaji
minima" (minimum wages) could be heard as far as a mile away, reverberating along the bustling streets as the protesters headed
towards the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall for a rally, reported Klik4Malaysia.com. Police tried to stop the march and arrested six people, including four PSM members.
In Sydney, 2000 marched with contingents from trade unions, left groups and supporters of liberation struggles from many countries. Supporters of Thailand's pro-democracy Red Shirts enlivened proceedings.
Two thousand took part in London on May Day 2010. Photo by HarpyMarx.
This is what democracy
looked like, Mayday 2010, Auckland, Aotearoa.
is under attack -- STAND UP- FIGHT BACK!" echoed through Queen Street
yesterday as over 50,000 people joined one of the biggest protests in
New Zealand's recent history.
The National-Act-Maori Party
Government wants to move the bulldozers into Schedule 4 Parks and
reserves- beautiful parts of Aotearoa they want to ruin to dig up gold,
silver and coal. Until now, this Government has got away with attack
after attack, but the Mayday protest marks a turning point in the
As well as the mining industry, many protesters
targeted the National party's greed, and capitalism's willingness to
destroy nature in pursuit of short term, shiny profits. A colourful and
Bloc led hundreds of people in explicitly anti-government,
anti-capitalist chants, celebrating People Power and Democracy on the
streets, and that only revolution could end this rotten system.
anti-capitalist, direct action politics, this huge movement of anger
will be led into the dead ends of letter writing and submissions to
parliamentarians. This is what happened with the movement against GE,
and we should not repeat the same mistakes twice.
blockades, green bans and sabotage of the bulldozers and mining
equipment must be the weapons used to defend Aotearoa. The argument for
where this movement goes now has begun- but it has given a huge shot of
energy to people who have been fighting in the trenches of other
campaigns against this rotten government.
A friend and I met up and took the city bus to the rally, not really
knowing what to expect. At each stop along the way more people,
clearly immigrant families going to the demo, got on. Young men, women,
whole extended families including grandparents and kids in strollers
packed the bus.
We were 30 minutes early, but already several thousands had gathered
in Union Park on Chicago’s near west side. The rally was scheduled for
two hours, then a two mile march into the Loop. Thousands more flowed
in during the speeches. It was a very diverse crowd– mainly Latino
immigrants, especially from Mexico, but also immigrants from other
countries as well. I saw contingents of immigrants from Ireland, Poland
(and other eastern-European countries) and an organized group of
African immigrants carrying banners proclaiming solidarity with all
There many non-immigrant marchers as
well–though they were in the minority compared to the immigrants. A
sizable group of gay activists carried large rainbow flags and signs
proclaiming that “No human is illegal”. There were large contingents of
union members (mainly from the SEIU), catholic-organized groups from
churches and local colleges, and even a contingent of mainly older
sanctuary-movement activists. Many of the leftist political
organizations were out in force. By the time the march departed, the
crowd had swelled. It stretched for over a mile from what I could
tell. An official police spokesperson said it was 8,000 people, though I
thought more. In any case, it’s the largest Immigrants Rights rally
since 2006 in Chicago.
I passed out hundreds of the Kasama May Day
is Happening in Nepal“. Most people clearly had never heard of the
revolution there, but I noticed many standing around reading it,
especially the side in Spanish.
Obviously there was lots of anger at the new Arizona
law. That was clearly the reason the the larger turnout.
There were many spirited chants demanding “Justice Now” and
denouncing Arizona Law and discrimination. Lots of signs and chants were
demanding that Obama keep his promise to reform immigration law, and
demanded an end to the deportations. Unfortunately, I don’t understand
Spanish, so I missed the meaning of many of the speeches. In the crowd
there was anger at being dehumanized (i.e. “we are WORKERS, Not
ILLEGALS”). But there also was a festival spirit–a liberated area–where
there was no fear and with people of different backgrounds and
ethnicities pulling together in common support against these outrages,
chanting and singing, eating snacks from the multitude of vendors.
As in earlier immigrant rights marches, there
were many American flags. A number of the immigrant organizations are
very “mainstream” and believers in the American dream–and emphasize
what “good people” immigrants are, how much they contribute to the
economy, etc. (all of which is true, of course).
I didn’t notice a lot of anger directed at the
local cops. There were mounted police (as usual, for most large crowd
scenes), and I noticed one small contingent of riot-equipped State
troopers that seemed to be guarding the expressway, but in general
there wasn’t a hug obvious clampdown-style police presence. Part is
undoubtedly because in Chicago, the march is promoted by the city–it’s
listed on the official website, and the Mayor (Daley) endorses it and
has spoken there in past years.
Over 100,000 march to protest racist Arizona
"immigration" law; diverse crowd shows broad support against law.
LOS ANGELES - May 1, 2010
The air was electrified by a presence not felt since the Gran
Marcha of 2006. At least 100,000 people marched through
Downtown in solidarity with Arizona's victims of a new law that
legalizes racial profiling. It is a law that has been denounced by President
Obama, DHS Head Janet Nopalitano, the Mayor of Phoenix, the Sheriff
of Pima County (Arizona), and even some Republicans who see it
as draconian legislation.
Many of the protest signs carried bold statements calling the Arizona
law "racist" and "Nazi"-like. There was a sense of urgency
in their voices, demanding to "Boycott Arizona" and overturn Arizona's SB
1070 law on the grounds that it was racially discriminatory and
Unlike other marches where several other "niche issues" are brought into
the march, this May Day march was focused like a laser: Arizona's new
state law is a modern-day version of legalized White Supremacy,
smacking of the Nuremberg
Laws in Nazi Germany and Apartheid "Pass Laws"
in South Africa.
As usual, the march began at Olympic and Broadway and continued north
about a dozen blocks, ending near City Hall. The crowd surged with
optimism as music played and ralliers chanted to Boycott Arizona and
pressure President Obama to take swift action against Arizona's
It should also be mentioned that Los Angeles Police Department
had a very light footprint at the march, with only a few officers
monitoring from the sidelines. And just as well: the march was peaceful,
upbeat, and a proud statement of civic resistance to "legal" fascism.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: I was pleasantly surprised to see the diversity of
protesters in the crowd. There was a noticeable amount of White,
Chinese, and African-American protesters who all felt that they also had
a reason to stand up against what SNL's
Seth Myers labeled as "dry fascism" on national TV.
This is a reminder to us all that there are non-racist Whites out there
who are willing to speak out against White Supremacy. They see that this
is a Human Rights issue (the humanity of Mexican and "Central American"
people is being totally violated) and the human part of them also feels
violated by Arizona's law.
Walking to the march, I happened to get flagged down by a
European-descent couple vacationing from Australia. They asked me to
explain the march and the issues. We had an excellent conversation about
the ongoing legacy of European colonialism and how that applied to
"wild west" Arizona.
Again, I was reminded that truth and logic will
prevail in this struggle. But we also have to summon the courage to
demand that our rights be recognized. Those of us Mexicans and "Central
Americans" are NOT immigrants to this continent. We are Indigenous
(mixed and full-blood) people of this land. Our blood is native to
this soil, and has been spilled over and over on it, paying for this
land many times over. We absolutely cannot remain dehumanized as we
have been during the last 500 years since Europeans invaded and
colonized our continent. This is OUR time for CHANGE (to borrow a
Elizabeth Schulte reports on May Day protests around the country, which took aim at
Arizona's racist anti-immigrant law that enshrines racial profiling.
May 3, 2010
WHEN TENS of thousands of immigrants and their
supporters took to the streets on May 1--150,000 in Los Angeles, 65,000
in Milwaukee, 20,000 in Chicago and many more in other cities across the
country--there was a common sentiment: "Todos somos Arizona."
We are all Arizona.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's signing of radically anti-immigrant
legislation last week sparked defiant demonstrations for May Day, as
people of all ages, races and immigration statuses came together to
opposed a law that would encourage racial profiling and the harassment
of anyone "suspected" of being undocumented.
Countering the divide-and-conquer mentality of Arizona legislators
who pushed through SB 1070--and the right-wing immigrant bashers whose
politics they mimic--solidarity was the theme of the day on May 1.
As another popular slogan went, "Nos somos ilegales." We are all
In 2006, a federal anti-immigrant proposal sponsored by Rep. Jim
Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) sparked outrage and activism. Hundreds of
thousands of immigrants took to the streets in March and April, leading
up to the mega-marches of May 1. Immigrant workers and their families
breathed new life into the international workers holiday that until then
was hardly ever celebrated in the U.S., even though it was born here.
Though they weren't as large as 2006, this year's protests were
bigger than the last few years, as many people heard about what happened
in Arizona and said: Enough is enough.
In addition to the outrages in Arizona, many protesters had something
else on their minds: foot-dragging on immigration reform in Washington.
The massive march in Chicago was peppered with signs directed at
President Barack Obama and Congress, such as "Obama: We Need Immigration
Reform Now" or simply "Los Amigos Mantienen Las Promesas" (Friends Keep
Other protesters came with demands going beyond the kind of reform
bills that Congress is considering, which attempt to strike a bargain by
including provisions that would increase the criminalization and
exploitation of immigrants through border militarization and
These protesters demanded "Deport ICE!" referring to the Immigration
and Customs Enforcement agency--as well as "No human being is illegal"
and "For a world without borders."
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-- Los Angeles had the largest turnout on May Day,
with more 150,000 people gathering for the mile-long march to rally for
immigration reform and workers' rights.
Families, unionists and other activists came out in solidarity with
Arizona, carrying banners stating "We are all Arizona" and chanting
"Aquí estamos y no nos vamos!" (We're here and we're not leaving.)
Contingents included the Service Employees International Union
(SEIU), which brought hundreds of their members on buses; the Southern
California Immigration Coalition, which marched holding flags from
various nations; and members of Filipinos for Genuine Legalization.
American Apparel workers from the nearby downtown factory marched in a
contingent of over 500 and gave away shirts that read "Legalize LA
Immigration Reform Now."
A lesbian, gay, bisexual and trangender (LGBT) contingent marched to
demand that the federal government to grant same-sex families the same
immigration rights as heterosexual couples when one member of the couple
is a U.S. citizen. One marcher said that they were fighting for
immigrant rights because the LGBT community "knows what it is like to be
At the end of the march, a speaker from the Teamsters called on union
members "to stand with our brothers and sisters to fight for immigrant
rights because we are the backbone of this country...we built this
An SEIU representative informed the crowd that Meg Whitman, who is
running for governor of California, is against amnesty and immigration
reform: "Racism does not stop in Arizona, it flows into our streets and
schools. We have a fight in Arizona and in California, and must win
immigration reform now."
Singer Gloria Estefan kicked off the march, and Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa and Cardinal Roger Mahony were also among the speakers.
Overall, the sentiment of the day was solidarity among many different
communities in a united fight for equal rights and against the racist
Arizona law and lack of immigration reform promised by Obama.
-- In Milwaukee, Wis., home of anti-immigrant Rep.
James Sensenbrenner, 65,000 people marched, according to organizers.
Speakers warned that seven other states are considering enacting laws
like the one passed in Arizona and called on everyone to stand up.
"We want to send a message of solidarity and humanity against hatred
and intolerance," Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces
de la Frontera, told the crowd. "This has opened a new chapter in the
struggle for civil rights. We will not have the forces of hate and
bigotry use immigrants as scapegoats for the economy and loss of jobs."
She said that a local alderman is planning to introduce a resolution
May 3 that will ask the Common Council to consider a boycott by not
doing business with Arizona-based companies or attending meetings or
conferences in that state in protest of the new law.
A dumpster fire, suspected to have been started by anti-immigrant
bigots, interrupted the speakers, almost starting a building on fire and
forcing the march to start early.
-- In Chicago, immigrants and their families were so
eager to march that hundreds turned out an hour before the rally was
scheduled to begin. They passed around a bullhorn and shared their
stories with one another, sometimes breaking into tears--about friends
and family members who have faced deportation.
After listening to speakers at Union Park, some 20,000 protesters,
according to organizers, crowded into the streets and marched downtown
to Daley Plaza, which was filled to capacity long before the last
marcher arrived. Members of the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL),
who are undocumented, spoke out from the stage, as did march organizers
from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
Rev. Jesse Jackson asked protesters to boycott Arizona by not
vacationing or attending conventions, and called for the state to lose
the 2011 Major League All-Star game.
During the march downtown, protesters chanted, cheered, blew horns
and smiled at one another as they took over the downtown streets,
chanting "Sí se puede!" and waving American and Mexican flags, banners
and homemade signs.
The Comité 10 de Marzo made up signs that left space at the bottom
for marchers to put their own message. Some people wrote "Shame on
Arizona"; others demanded "Stop breaking up our families."
Smaller contingents made up of other immigrant groups, including
Poles and Africans, marched, as did trade unions such as UNITE HERE,
SEIU and the Teamsters Local 743. There were contingents from LGBT
organizations, like Join the Impact, underlining the importance of
coming together to fight as one. IYJL marched behind a huge banner that
read "Undocumented. Unafraid."
But for the most part, the march was made up of people--students,
workers and families--who heard about the march word of mouth, and
wanted to stand up and be counted. "I was so worried and so sad about
what happened in Arizona," one man said. "Could it happen anywhere?"
-- In Seattle, chants of "Boycott Arizona!" and "Sí
se puede!" carried through the crowd of almost 10,000. Everyone--from
student anti-budget cuts groups to immigrant rights activists to labor
unions--came together in support of immigrants rights and against the
recent passage of Arizona SB 1070.
Galvanized by the legalization of racial profiling in Arizona, one
group of marchers wore T-shirts that asked "Do I look illegal?" Cars
honked in support as the crowd snaked through downtown.
In Yakima, in rural eastern Washington, several thousand rallied.
Other small vigils and rallies were held throughout the state.
-- In Houston, Texas, police estimated that 8,000
people turned out for the May Day march for dignity and respect for all.
Organizations from all over the metropolitan area united to show
support for immigrants' rights.
Amid chants of "El pueblo unido jamás sera vencido" and "Pueblo
Unete," people in the community dropped what they were doing and joined
in the march. Workers at a McDonalds came out into the street to show
solidarity by providing free water to protesters.
"It's encouraging to see so many people out for immigration after an
increase in oppression," said protester Brendan Laws. "This shows the
strength of our community."
Professor Lorenzo Cano said, "This march is necessary to fix the
immigration laws and provide an opportunity to those who are
undocumented in this country, who in fact are contributing to our
country as they represent a solution, not a problem."
-- In San Francisco, some 6,000 people turned out
for a May Day march and rally--nearly double the number many organizers
had expected and far larger than last year's march.
The main demands of the march were full legalization and amnesty,
money for jobs and education, not for war, taxing the rich, and no more
budget cuts. Anger at Arizona's SB 1070 was high, and played a
significant role in putting people back into the streets for this May
The march stretched for over four city blocks, and there were many
contingents representing labor, immigrant rights groups, LGBT rights
coalitions, political organizations, community organizers and budget
A group of 12-15 racist Minuteman came to hurl insults at the
marchers, but they were dwarfed by the size of the pro-immigrant rights
-- In New York City, more than 5,000 people rallied
in Union Square and marched down Broadway to Foley Square to demand
immigrant rights and stand in solidarity with their brothers and sisters
"We believe hate and racism should be outlawed," said one speaker.
"We believe immigration reform should not be about criminalization. We
believe immigration reform should not be about militarization. We
believe immigration reforms should be about human rights."
The rally adopted the slogans "Boycott Arizona" and "Beat back the
Arizona attack" in addition to its original demands of full legalization
for all immigrants and equal rights for all workers.
Organized by the grassroots May 1st Coalition, the crowd was made up
of unions, community organizations and individuals. "I was looking
around online after hearing about Arizona, and I found this," said
Marisol, a student at City College, "so I called up a friend, and we
Emma, who heard about the rally through leaflets distributed in her
neighborhood, said, "It's terrible that this happened in America. It's
obvious the law is racist, how could they do this?"
Angry slogans carried the day as the crowd grew in size. Chanters
alternated with speakers and radical music groups for several hours. At
three, the crowd stepped off to march down Broadway and rally at Foley
Square, near City Hall, where speeches and chanting continued.
"Rallies are fine, but to stop laws like Arizona, we're going to have
to shut it down!" said Clarence Thomas of San Francisco's International
Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 from the stage.
Felipe, a union restaurant worker and veteran of the massive 2006
protests that defeated the Sensenbrenner bill, said of the May Day
strikes that year: "We don't run the country, but without us,. the
country wouldn't run."
-- In Washington, D.C., a couple thousand people
came out to Lafayette Park in front of the White House to rally on May
1. Standing in solidarity with people of color who will be most affected
by Arizona's new law, protesters held signs that read, "Shame on
Speakers throughout the day called on the president to fulfill his
promise to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Some pointed out that,
contrary to popular belief, deportations have actually increased under
the Obama administration. Speakers made it clear that this is only the
beginning of the fight for immigration reform.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who has introduced the Comprehensive
Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act (CIR ASAP)
in the House of Representatives, was one of the final speakers.
Throughout his speech, he alluded to the importance of civil
disobedience in the fight for civil rights, mentioning the history of
women's rights, African American rights, worker's rights and all the
movements in the U.S. that have fought for justice.
The rally then moved from the park to directly in front of the White
House, where more than 35 people, including Gutierrez, were involved in
civil disobedience by sitting in front of the fence of the White House
and holding printed-out letters that spelled "Obama Stop Deporting
Families." After about 30 minutes, they were arrested.
-- In Austin, Texas, thousands of protesters rallied
in the sweltering heat. Republican state legislator Debbie Riddle has
announced plans to propose identical legislation to Arizona's SB 1070
for Texas in 2011.
Marchers also called out the Obama administration, with chants like
"Obama, escucha, estamos en la lucha!" The crowd was also heavily made
up of young Latinos, and passage of the DREAM Act was a major demand. As
a speaker from the front put it, "We need education, not deportation!"
-- In Rochester, N.Y., more than 100 turned out for a
rally and march downtown for May Day. Planned over a month ahead of
time, the march's slogans were "Bail Out Workers, Not the Banks" and
"Equal Rights for All Workers." However, the events in Arizona made
immigrant rights the real focus of the march's chants, signs and energy.
The march was very young, with a number of Hispanic college
fraternities bringing out their chapters.
Alejandro Cubria, Ben Daniels, Roger Dyer,
Elizabeth Fawthrop, Brian Lenzo, Michael Schwartz, Rebecca Sun, Alex
Tronolone and Brian Ward contributed to this article.