Friday was an aMAYzing day for me (see what I did there?). Even though I wasn’t in the streets marching with my compañeros, I was here in the office with a bird’s eye view of May Day marches across the country.
I watched as literally thousands of text messages poured in from folks, telling us why they were marching. You can check out some of these messages from my post on Friday. (I didn’t post all of them – but what you see on the post is pretty representative of the tone of the messages).
I received photos, stories, videos and excited phone calls from people on the ground from Los Angeles to New York. It was inspiring to see all of the momentum, energy and diversity of the crowds that gathered in cities everywhere. Even my hometown of Asheville, North Carolina hosted an event – which makes me enormously proud.
Even though I was live-blogging a few of the events, I have since received some great pictures, videos and stories from the day and wanted to share them with folks. But be sure check out my previous posts from Friday – Boston, Newark, NJ; New York City; Chicago; Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC.
Keep reading for my May Day Redux!
In Miami, Florida, hundreds of people marched along Biscayne Boulevard through downtown, calling for workers rights and immigration reform.
The Miami march was a truly diverse crowd of people, interested in justice on all fronts – workers rights, immigration reform, and economic equality were the big themes of the day. Its great to see a large group of people who understand why the Employee Free Choice Act and Immigration Reform are not separate issues, but closely linked in the pursuit of justice and economic recovery for the country.
In Louisville, more than 3oo hundreds people turned out to march, despite the threats of rain and nasty weather. They marched from the courthouse, carrying signs with messages like: “Reform, not raids”, “Family Unity” and “We DREAM, We ACT”.
In this next picture, you can see a man holding a sign that says “We haven’t forgotten about Ana Romero”. Ana Romero was an immigrant from El Salvador who was arrested and died while in detention in Franklin County, Kentucky.
Over 3000 immigrant and labor rights supporters rallied and marched at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.
Individuals, clergy members, churches, labor unions, social justice & civil rights organizations, and business associations united in calling for passage of Just and Humane Immigration Reform in 2009. It was quite the diverse crowd! Check out CAUSA Oregon’s great video and click here and here for pictures from the day.
Over five hundred people marched down Congress Avenue to City Hall, calling for immigration reform and end to the raids. Below are some beautiful pictures from the day that were originally posted on the Collective Vision photoblog:
LOS ANGELES, CA
In Los Angeles, several thousand people marched for Immmigration Reform. From the AP:
Marches in downtown Los Angeles took on a festive atmosphere with people carrying signs and banging drums while vendors sold food, cotton candy and ice cream from pushcarts with ringing bells. One group walked to a building housing federal immigration offices and blared salsa music from loudspeakers.
Sounds like folks were having a great time. Here are a few pics:
In one of the most creative May Day events, organizers from MIWON and FIRM partner, CHIRLA, gathered 2000 people with signs to create a human billboard with a message to President Obama. I posted on this early last week and was wondering what the billboard message was going to be. Turns out, the message was “Workers First” – driving home the connection between worker rights, immigrant rights and our ailing economy. Check it out!
The view from below (courtesy of And We Shall March):
Apparently, they didn’t tell participants what they were spelling out, adding to the anticipation!
Pretty cool, huh?
So, that’s it for now. I’m sure I will have more images and videos to share throughout the week. Be sure to check back for more. In the mean time, lets try to capitalize on the momentum gained this past week and keep the ball rolling towards CIR in 2009. Si se puede!