May Day 2017: Immigrants, Unions March In US For Rights & Against Trump

"We will not buy anything".

In Philadelphia, about 1,000 school teachers, who've been working without a contract for years, protested outside schools around the city.

Selvin Martinez, an immigrant from Honduras with an American flag draped around his shoulders, took the day off from his job waxing casino floors to protest. According to Reuters, several thousand also assembled in Washington's Dupont Circle to take part in a rally procession to Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House. Zelaya says his 18 workers are spending the morning making banners.

And she offered a pointed message to President Trump: "Stop bullying immigrants".

"I do believe that MA can definitely be a leader across the United States in demonstrating what happens when we act from a place of love rather than from a place of fear", she said.

Other businesses that didn't close cheered on immigrant workers in other ways.

The Trump supporters, many of whom wore "Make America Great Again" hats, organized the counter-protest on social media.

"Immigrants strengthen our economy by creating millions of jobs every year, running nearly a fifth of the small businesses across America, including myself", said Angie Fetherston, CEO of Drink Company, which closed all four of its D.C. -area bars on Monday. Police said they made more than two dozen arrests as a group of anarchists wearing black bandanas and ski masks grew unruly, reportedly breaking windows at businesses, setting fires on downtown streets and damaging a police auto.

A protester displays a placard against President Donald Trump during a demonstration to mark May Day in New York, May 1, 2017.

Thousands of workers and activists from across the Bay Area are expected to rally and march Monday in honor of International Workers Day, or May Day, and to support immigrant rights. Demonstrations also were expected in dozens of smaller cities from Ft. It was a scene echoed on Monday in the West Coast city of Portland, Oregon, where protesters set off fires in downtown.

May Day protests and rallies around the world and across the USA are celebrating labor, calling for greater protections and benefits for workers and highlighting the contributions of immigrants.

But large crowds are expected this year as diverse groups united in their opposition to Trump are supporting the marches. The event in 2006 became a USA rallying point for immigrants, with more than 1 million people marching against a proposed immigration enforcement bill.

In the early evening, organizers expect thousands of demonstrators to gather at a rally in Manhattan's Foley Square for musical performances and speeches by union leaders and immigrants living in the country illegally. "What's happening now, with Trump's immigration policies, is the same situation", said San Francisco resident Joyce Nakamura.

Back in 2006 when there were massive immigrants rights protests here and in Los Angeles in response to anti-immigrant legislation in Congress on May Day. The travel ban and sanctuary cities order were temporarily halted by legal challenges.

"It's really a day that is going to be focused on immigrant rights and workers' rights", Kica Matos, a spokeswoman for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, said.

They hope large crowds will get President Donald Trump and congressional lawmakers to rethink efforts to expand deportations and pressure local governments to assist federal deportation agents.

Hispanic grocery stores and restaurants throughout the Chicago area closed in solidarity with International Workers' Day, including all six locations of El Guero supermarket chain and the nine locations of Carnicerias Jimenez.

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