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May Day 2007 March from UC Santa Cruz to Downtown
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:
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
White Only, English Only, Same Thing
Marching down Mission Street / Highway 1 towards downtown Santa Cruz
No Human Being is Illegal!
Students at Mission Hill Middle School
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.
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.
Students at Mission Hill received flyers for the MAY 1st WEEK of Action & Awareness at UCSC:
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"
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.
Hundreds of Santa Cruzans marched from downtown Santa Cruz to the Beach Flats to protest the inhumane situation undocumented immigrants are currently facing.