Smaller NYC protest ahead of large May Day rally

Posted May 09, 2017

Although May Day is not marked in the United States as a national or official holiday, the annual event in other countries commemorates an episode that occurred in Chicago on May 4, 1886, which led to violence.

Organizers want the county to become a sanctuary for immigrants, workers and people of color targeted by law enforcement policies under President Donald Trump's administration. Arrests of immigrants with no criminal records more than doubled to 5,441 in that period.

"The more Trump attacks immigrants and dehumanizes them, the more the American people see the humanity of our immigrant brothers, their vulnerability and their contributions", Gutierrez said.

May Day rallies are being held nationwide to oppose President Donald Trump's immigration policies. 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.

The park where the "Roof and Refuge" rally and march began is in the heart of the Monument Boulevard neighborhood, home to a large immigrant Latino community. Last Friday April 28, a bipartisan group of members in the House of Representatives sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security secretary John Kelly to express their concern that the immigration executive orders undermine the objective of anti-trafficking laws and the Violence Against Women Act because immigrant victims are now less likely to report violence and crime. It later halted the weekly reports following sustained criticism from jurisdictions and immigration advocates who said the reports were an attempt to intimidate and shame so-called "sanctuary cities".

Some Trump supporters said they would also turn out on May Day. While the Administration used the milestone as an opportunity to tout its successes, community-based organizations and think tanks are lambasting the president's policies and rhetoric.

A crowd three blocks deep marched on International Boulevard for the rally in the Fruitvale district in Oakland. But this year, authorities are anxious about a different kind of violence - "crowd-on-crowd conflict", as Seattle Police Capt. Chris Fowler puts it. The protests are expected to focus on President Trump.

Trump, who has said his policies are meant to keep America safe, adopted his own definition of what he designated "Loyalty Day".

May Day has taken on a special importance in light of Trump's executive orders on immigration and his efforts to dramatically ramp up deportations, Ashley Yu, a spokeswoman for the Korean Resource Center, told the Los Angeles Times.

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

About 40 people marched through the town of Kenneth Square, N.J.


Worldwide, union members traditionally march on May 1 for workers' rights. Hundreds of masked youths threw Molotov cocktails and gasoline bombs at riot police in Paris, injuring four police officers in Paris.

The origins of May Day, a traditional marker of spring, as a day of protest in the United States are rooted in the bloody history of the labor movement.

Police detained 165 people in Istanbul as they tried to march.

A Russian Communist Party activist carries a banner with a portrait of late Soviet leader Joseph.


Hispanic grocery stores and restaurants throughout the Chicago area closed in solidarity with International Workers' Day, including all six locations of El Guero supermarket chain and the nine locations of Carnicerias Jimenez.

Other rallies were held in the Midstate on Monday, including in Lancaster and Carlisle.

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