U.S. immigrants and workers took to the streets for the May 1st Immigrant and Worker Rights Rally and March, urging President Barack Obama to develop immigration reform policies.
Marchers first gathered at St. Mary’s Church on 20th Avenue and South Jackson Street in the Central District before joining at the International District. Marchers came together to demand free choice, universal healthcare, a people’s economy, and an end to warfare. The event was organized by the Committee for Immigration Reform and Social Justice.
May 1 is historically known as May Day or International Workers’ Day — which commemorates the fight for shortening the work day to eight hours in the 19th century. ♦