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May Day March for Immigration Reform and Workers’ Rights

LOS ANGELES | May 1, 2011

Tens of thousands of marchers are expected to gather at 10 a.m. at Broadway and Olympic for a morning program full of entertainment and politics prior to the May Day march for immigration reform and workers’ rights. The march will start at 11:45 a.m. and will proceed northbound down Broadway.

The march ends at Broadway and 1st Street and will conclude with a rally featuring performances and speakers from labor and community groups from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m..

STREET CLOSURES

The following streets will be closed between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday:

Broadway Avenue between Olympic Blvd and Temple Street;

Spring Street between Olympic Blvd and Temple Street;

Hill Street between Olympic Blvd and Temple Street;

1st Street between Main Street and Grand Avenue;

Broadway Avenue between Olympic Blvd and Temple Street;

Spring Street between Olympic Blvd and Temple Street;

Hill Street between Olympic Blvd and Temple Street; and

1st Street between Main Street and Grand Avenue.

On Saturday, the Los Angeles Police Department released a statement saying it will respect the marchers as many have never forgotten the lasting impression of the 2007 march where police dispersed crowds by beating people with batons and firing at them with beanbag rounds. There were no deaths, but hundreds of demonstrators and journalists and 18 officers suffered injuries.

"The right to march, demonstrate, protest, rally or perform other First Amendment activity comes with responsibility which includes respecting the civil and property rights of all others. It is the goal of the Department to facilitate lawful public demonstrations in the City of Los Angeles."

Read the entire article at: May Day March for Immigration Reform and Workers’ Rights

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USA External Policies are Forcing Migration

In an interesting twist, in the heart of Boyle Heights at the corner of Soto Street and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue at the MTA stop across the street from King Taco where Hilary Clinton during the 2008 presidential election came to eat tacos with local area residents, were approximately 8 young men and women protesters in native-Aztecan dress dancing to the drumbeat with a sign that read “USA External Policies are Forcing Migration.” The dancers stated they were with Grupo Menchica Cuahtemoc and handed out flyers that read “Marcha por Zapata 2011” or March for Zapata 2011 on Sunday, April 10 with a famous quote of Emiliano Zapata that in English reads “I would rather die being a slave of principles than of men.”

Typically, protests in the area have been for immigration reform or for other matters, but as a first, the protest was about migration, or people leaving the United States for other countries, blaming the exodus on external policies of the United States, i.e. the North American Free Trade Agreement known as NAFTA. More specifically, the protest addresses a trend that began in 2008 where a large number of immigrants began returning to their countries of origin. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, an independent, non-partisan and non-profit research organization, “the new data not only indicate that there was a slowdown in immigration in 2008 and 2009, it also indicates there was a substantial increase in the number of immigrants who returned to their home counties, particularly in 2008.”

Read the entire report at: USA External Policies are Forcing Migration | Diigo.

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