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Wed Apr 29 2009 (Updated 05/08/09)
International Workers Day Mass Action in Defense of Families, Jobs, Immigrants
Rallies, Marches, Music on May 1, 2009 International Workers Day
In San Francisco, calling for mass action in defense of jobs and families, union contingents, students and an anarchist bloc gathered at Dolores Park in San Francisco at noon and marched to Civic Center for an afternoon rally. The Alexander Berkman Social Club sponsored a picnic at Dolores Park. imc_photo.gif Photos: 1 | 2

Also in San Francisco, a May Day Anti-Capitalist Action Struck Union Square

In the East Bay city of Hayward, participants gathered at Weeks Park then marched to City Hall to demand passage of an ordinance that would make Hayward a Sanctuary City. In Oakland, a program at Fruitvale Plaza preceded a march to City Hall. At UC Berkeley, a rally at at Sproul Plaza, was followed by a march to Ashby BART. imc_photo.gif Photos

In San José, demonstrators were greeted by entertainment at City Hall by the Raging Grannies. The immigrant rights action started off with a march from King and Story. After the rally, spontaneous singing and dancing broke out on the street in front of the City Hall plaza in celebration of International Workers Day and the upcoming Cinco de Mayo events planned in the city. imc_photo.gif Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

In Fresno and Reedley, the day was marked with songs of the labor movement. Pre-recorded Raging Grannies' singing was broadcast on KFCF (imc_audio.gif Audio). Speaking events focused on worker-related topics from farms, to the threat of fundamentalism, to justice and sustainability. A March for Legalization started at Fresno's Eaton Plaza. imc_photo.gif Photos

At UC Santa Cruz, students rallied in the Bay Tree Plaza and then marched to the Beach Flats. In Watsonville, rain canceled a rally and march, however dozens of people demonstrated in front of Wells Fargo to protest to their abuse of immigrants, including being a major shareholder in the GEO Group which builds and operates immigrant detention centers. imc_photo.gif Wells Fargo Attacked in Santa Cruz

See also: Immigrant Rights Marches Still ON Despite Swine Flu Hysteria || imc_pdf.gif Report by the Immigrant Soldarity Network || Filipinos Demand Legalization and Immigrant Rights

May Day 2008: May Day Revival on Three Fronts: Labor, Immigrant, and Antiwar || Thousands March on May Day in San José and Demand Inclusion in U.S. Society || May Day 2008 Actions in Santa Cruz and Watsonville
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