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May Day 2007 March from UC Santa Cruz to Downtown
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net )
Thursday May 3rd, 2007 1:23 AM
Hundreds of students and workers rallied at UCSC's Baytree Plaza and then marched to downtown Santa Cruz to meet up with families from the Beach Flats. The demonstration, which ended in the Beach Flats, was part of the international workers day celebrations popularly known as May Day. The M.I.R.A. Coalition, Movement for Immigrant Rights Alliance, at UCSC organized students and workers in the march against the current inhumane situation undocumented immigrants are facing and to demand the following:
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  • Stop the militarization of the U.S.-Mexican Border
  • Stop the unjust deportation and criminalization of all immigrants
  • Support and protect workers rights
  • Legalization for undocumented
  • Close inhumane detention centers
  • Stop the Separation of families
  • Stop the military recruitment of immigrant youth
  • Equal rights as citizens, regardless of immigration status
The demonstration was held in solidarity with all the other movements all around the nation on the international labor day including efforts to stop US intervention in other countries.
§Baytree Plaza at UC Santa Cruz
by ~Bradley Thursday May 3rd, 2007 1:23 AM
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§Brown is Beautiful!
by ~Bradley Thursday May 3rd, 2007 1:23 AM
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§United as One on Hagar Drive
by ~Bradley Thursday May 3rd, 2007 1:23 AM
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While walking down the road from the Baytree Plaza, some students said that we would begin to run for a little bit. When questioned why, I overheard someone casually explain that, "it is what they do in other countries."

Here is an example from Oaxaca, Mexico, September 1, 2006
http://indybay.org/newsitems/2006/09/07/18306605.php#18306612
§Discrimination
by ~Bradley Thursday May 3rd, 2007 1:23 AM
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White Only, English Only, Same Thing
§May 1st -- MIRA Coalition
by ~Bradley Thursday May 3rd, 2007 1:23 AM
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Marching down Mission Street / Highway 1 towards downtown Santa Cruz
§¡Ningún Ser Humano es Ilegal!
by ~Bradley Thursday May 3rd, 2007 1:23 AM
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No Human Being is Illegal!
§Yes to Citizenship and College Education
by ~Bradley Thursday May 3rd, 2007 1:23 AM
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§Middle Schoolers at Mission Hill
by ~Bradley Thursday May 3rd, 2007 1:23 AM
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Students at Mission Hill Middle School
§Mission Street
by ~Bradley Thursday May 3rd, 2007 1:23 AM
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The march took a long break on Mission Street when students at Mission Hill Middle School crowded along the fence separating them from the demonstration.
§Workers on Mission Street
by ~Bradley Thursday May 3rd, 2007 1:23 AM
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These workers spent most of their day repairing a small section of Mission Street, but they were able to pause for a few moments and watch the march pass go by.
§Flyers at Mission Hill Middle School
by ~Bradley Thursday May 3rd, 2007 1:23 AM
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Students at Mission Hill received flyers for the MAY 1st WEEK of Action & Awareness at UCSC:
http://indybay.org/newsitems/2007/04/30/18407341.php
§Holy Cross Elementary School
by ~Bradley Thursday May 3rd, 2007 1:23 AM
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Like the students at Mission Hill Middle School, these students at Holy Cross Elementary School raised their fists in the air and began chanting with us and yelling the slogans off our signs, such as "Brown is Beautiful" and "End Racism"
§Join Us
by ~Bradley Thursday May 3rd, 2007 1:23 AM
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Families living in the Beach Flats organized a march along with la Liga de la Comunidad (Santa Cruz Community Soccer League) which joined the march from UCSC at Mission Street and Pacific Avenue.
§No to All Guestworker Programs. Stop Exploiting Us!
by ~Bradley Thursday May 3rd, 2007 1:23 AM
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Hundreds of Santa Cruzans marched from downtown Santa Cruz to the Beach Flats to protest the inhumane situation undocumented immigrants are currently facing.