Thousands expected to take to the streets in Los Angeles for workers, immigrant families, and communities of color. iAmerica-sponsored Resource Fair will follow march and rally.
The Los Angeles May Day Coalition, the oldest network of community organizations, labor, immigration reform advocates, faith communities, and allies, announced plans for this year’s May 1, International Worker’s Day, mobilizations in Los Angeles.
Under the banner “On May Day, No Justice Delayed,” the Friday, May 1 plans include a rally with remarks from David Huerta, President of SEIU USWW at the Dragon’s Gate landmark, a march through downtown Los Angeles major thoroughfares, and, a first for 2015, an Immigrant Families Resources Fair at Grand Park, right across from City Hall.
The theme speaks to this year’s demands: a) $15 an hour wages; b) no more delays in the implementation of the deferred action programs known as DAPA/DACA; and, 3) fair law enforcement practices that disproportionately impact Black and Latino communities.
“Workers come here to contribute to and boost our economy — not to become casualties of exploitation by employers that prey on vulnerable workers. It’s time for a Wage Theft enforcement bureau in Los Angeles,” said Alejandra Valles, Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU United Service Workers West at a press conference announcing the May 1 plan.
The May Day mobilization starts at 3 pm at the corner of West Cesar E. Chavez Ave. and North Broadway in Los Angeles. A rally kicks off the festivities with the expected participation of well-known leaders in the labor, faith, immigrant rights, and civil liberties community, as well as elected officials. Several immigrant families and workers impacted by low wages, immigration delays, and unfair law enforcement practices will take to the microphone.
The march is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. moving east on Cesar Chavez, south on Main Street through Placita Olvera, looping east on W. Aliso St., stopping briefly in front of the Los Angeles ICE Detention Center on Alameda Blvd. Marchers proceed north on W. 1st Street, briefly stopping in front of the LAPD headquarters, finally stopping on N. Spring Street, in front of City Hall and Grand Park.
New to 2015, the Coalition is also coordinating a large Immigrant Families Resources Fair with the support of entities such as the City of Los Angeles Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Los Angeles Unified School District, IAMERICA and SEIU Immigrant Justice Campaign alongside dozens of other organizations.
More than 50 tables will offer information, referrals, and assistance to members of the Los Angeles community. The 5 pm to 7 pm Resources Fair will feature more than 30 immigration, housing, criminal defense, and wage theft attorneys. These professionals will be available for brief consultations at no charge to members of the public.