Nationwide May Day Rallies Call for Reform

This past May Day people all over the nation came out to call for immigration reform. Fueled by the outrage over the recent passage of Arizona’s SB 1070, over 1 million people participated in Saturday’s events with signs saying “We Are All Arizona,” “No Human Being is Illegal” and ” Sí se Puede.”

Los Angeles boasted the largest rally with an estimated 60,000 supporters marching from downtown to City Hall. Protesters totaled 20,000 in Dallas and over 10,000 in Chicago and Miluakee.

In Washington, D.C., Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) donned a shirt that said “Arrest Me, Not My Friends” and staged a sit-in with thirty other people on the sidewalk in front of the White House. They were arrested, but in front of thousands of supporters, Rep. Gutierrez announced, “There are moments in which you say, ‘We will escalate this struggle.’ Today they will put handcuffs on us. But one day we will be free at last in the country we love.”

People representing the Tea Party, Minutemen and other groups also came out to voice their opposition. In San Francisco, there was a brief verbal scuffle between the local Golden Gate Minutemen and Norcal Tea Partiers and those against SB 1070, but police quickly defused the situation.

And finally, Arizonans came out in full force to peacefully demonstrate. An estimated 7,000 participated in Tuscon, with speeches by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and prominent labor activist Dolores Huerta. In Phoenix 5,000 people rallied in front of the State Capitol.

President Obama has previously stated that immigration reform is next on Congress’ agenda, but to keep the pressure on sign the petition to call for a plan that includes fairness, accountability and dignity.

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41 comments

gail d.
gail dair6 years ago

Thanks for posting

Dee Williams
Dee Williams6 years ago

Our economy is in the toilet. Most americans can no longer support their families. They are losing their homes to forclosure and cant find jobs. One reason they cant find jobs is because employers are paying illegals less money (in cash) to do the work that we could be doing. They are cheap labor. But they dont pay taxes on any of it, yet they drive on our roads that are payed for with our tax dollars and they go to local clinics thats based on income to see a doctor. I have a legal job, I pay taxes but dont have insurance, so I have to visit the same clinic with illegal people who get treated for free, when I have to pay. They cant even speak english, so the clinic had to hire a translater. They have moved in here in such high numbers that you cant find an empty apartment to rent anymore so you have to stay where you are because there is no where else to live. Something has got to be done. I am not against any race or minority, but illegal is illegal no matter who you are.

Mark K.
Mark K.6 years ago

The major US organization in favor of helping the illegal immigrants is "La Raza" (the race). Both in name and definition this organization is racist from the start.

I can not believe that any of you want a houseful of illegals (normally multiple families or groups of single men) living next door to you. The one thing you can count on is that they will send all their money home to momma and then ask you for some.

I am from Costa Rica and we have the same problem with Nicaraguans... and Gringos.. the eternal tourists and ex-patriots that come and never leave while depleting our resources. We support legal immigration here and are very liberal with residencies and legal migration...

Send all the illegals home, to whatever country they are from.

Rev. Kaye Skinner
Rev. Dr. Kaye S6 years ago

I won't even start.

Bee Hive Lady
Fiona Ogilvie6 years ago

Because I do not live close to any planned May Day activities, I did not particate in any related event. However, during the seven years I lived in London, I always marched with the Fourth Interational Group. I have always held Trotsky in great esteem.

Amber K.
AB K6 years ago

Interesting read. Thanks.

robert p.
robert p6 years ago

illegals are all criminals, plain and simple. no rewards again for these actions. dont like whats goin on here, go back to where ever you came from. this has nothing to do with race or anti immigration. it has to do with right and wrong. legal is right, illegal is wrong. i do not fellsorry in any way they know the price and still do it. i say lockup and deport anyone who supports them, they are a threat to our country, especially the economy.

Sandra Paparozzi
Sandra Pop6 years ago

You have to become a legal U.S. citizenship. You must learn English. We do not need to learn Spanish. If I go to your country then I will learn your language as you demand.

However, My relatives all got their citizenship legally. As it should be. I don't think you are a criminal. However, you do not deserve to be an American unless you earn it legally.

You must pay taxes as we all do and you must not be involved with the law. The American laws are for Americans. Just like
other countries have their laws.

Become a legal citizen like my relatives did.
If you don't like our rules then go back to your country.

Yvonne J.
Yvonne J.6 years ago

If you Love the USA get your citizenship, do it the right way!! You come into this Country
making demands & expect the citizens of this Country to pick up the tab. I know we wouldn't get the same rights in other Countries. Get your citizenship papers & become a citizen like so many Persons who Love this Country have done.

Yvonne J.
Yvonne J.6 years ago

If you Love the USA get your citizenship, do it the right way!! You come into this Country
making demands & expect the citizens of this Country to pick up the tab. I know we wouldn't get the same rights in other Countries. Get your citizenship papers & become a citizen like so many Persons who Love this Country have done.