The pictures and stories just keep rolling in from last Friday. Despite reports that this May Day fell short of expectations, I think that in the face of all of the swine flu hysteria and the overall rainy weather, there was a great turnout. Not to mention, those who did turn out did so in STYLE!
Support from the Labor Community
One of the best signs of the May Day events was the widespread representation from the labor community. Unions, like SEIU and Workers United showed up in solidarity for worker and immigrant rights. This support is especially important, in light of last month’s announcement by the two largest unions in the country, the AFL-CIO and Change to Win, that they will support a comprehensive immigration reform effort this year.
Workers United took to the streets across the country, fighting for equal rights for all. From the Workers United site:
Margarito Diaz, (pictured) helped lead the mobilization and says:
“As a union, we are a family, a family that fights for everyone to be treated fairly. The May Day March to me was the symbol of our struggle as family, and the fighting spirit within ourselves to say we’ve had enough. No human being should be treated as less than a human being, and our future — our kids — should not have to suffer by us getting rid of their parents.
I was humbled and fortunate to march with my fellow co-workers, many of whom — after working the night shift — marched for more than three miles, demanding fair labor laws for everyone, and for all brothers and sisters who are migrants to be treated with dignity and respect.”