On May Day, Immigrants Rights Groups Protest Against Trump

Lauren Perry
May 14, 2017

Police in Oakland, California, arrested at least four activists who chained themselves together to block a county building.

But workers here who weren't born in America don't feel included in that sentiment.

May Day protests and rallies around the world and across the US are celebrating labor, calling for greater protections and benefits for workers and highlighting the contributions of immigrants.

Protesters flooded streets in Chicago. They're carrying signs that say, "No person is illegal" and "We won't tolerate Trump's fascist policies".

"It's a nation of immigrants, and separating immigrant families due to their immigration status, it goes against what we love about this wonderful country". "We will not buy anything".

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

"Trump has pitted the United States working class against migrant workers and refugees, and so we must strive to create bridges, not bans or walls, to connect our struggles together", representatives of the International Migrants Alliance wrote in its call to assemble on May 1, describing Trump as "a brazenly fascist, racist and anti-immigrant president". We came to this country. "We are hard-working people".

"It's not our job or our mission to do the federal government's work", he said. He wore an American flag draped around his shoulders.

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


In New York City, the biggest rally was planned for later in the day where thousands are expected to gather in downtown Manhattan's Foley Square for musical performances and speeches by union leaders and immigrants living in the country illegally, Reuters reported. Demonstrations also were expected in dozens of smaller cities from Ft.

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.

Immigrant and union groups will march in cities across the United States to mark May Day and protest against President Donald Trump's efforts to boost deportations.

Those protesting say they were not only defending workers' rights, but immigrants' rights too.

Kathleen Takata, a retired consultant, had never marched on May Day before but felt compelled to do so against Trump's plans for a border wall on the U.S-Mexico border and travel ban against people from certain countries. But the widespread protests in the United States were aimed directly at the new Republican president, who has followed anti-immigrant rhetoric on the campaign trail with aggressive action in the White House.

Trump, who has said his policies are meant to keep America safe, adopted his own definition of what he designated "Loyalty Day". Others, such as his vow to withhold federal funds from "sanctuary cities" that protect immigrants, are facing legal challenges.

Pleasant, Zeferina, a member of the Committee for Labor Solidarity & Worker Power with the D.C. community group Many Languages One Voice, spoke to the intersection of immigrant and workers rights.

Immigrant advocates said they hope their message will reach Trump, congressional lawmakers and the public, as well as provide a sense of unity and strength to those opposed to the administration's policies.

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