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Thousands Of People Marched For A $15 Minimum Wage Today

May 1st has been celebrated as International Worker’s Day, or “May Day”, since the Roman Empire era. Today, thousands of people gathered in Los Angeles for a May Day that rallied against Trump’s immigration policies and a urged for a $15 minimum living wage.

Here’s how LA does it:

1. Yesterday, CHIRLA dropped a banner over a freeway.

@CHIRLA / Twitter

Caption: “Happening NOW: Banner Drop over the 101 freeway overpass. If you see us HONK!

Join us tomorrow for the “Together We #FightBack” May 1st March

#DefendCA #FightBackLA”

2. Today, we marched.

@LALabor / Twitter

Thousands of people and 50 unions and organizations came together today to march from Pershing Square to raise protections for some of the lowest paid workers in America: immigrants.

3. And voted for churros every single time.

@lizfromsela / Twitter

Caption: “How you know #MayDay is going to be ?. #FightBackLA”

Plus, Trump tweeted yesterday, “During Small Business Week, we celebrate the great, hard-working entrepreneurs across our country who have started and operate a small business!” That’s this guy!

4. We used our Facebook filters.

@cid__5 / Twitter

Y’know, if you still trust Facebook.

Caption: “One of my favorite days of the year! #FightBackLA for our families, for our workers, for our immigrant communities!”

5. We ramped up our annual poster-making parties.

@CitlalliChavez4 / Twitter

The butterfly is a symbol for immigration reform, since butterflies have vast migration patterns and are still a revered insect. So, too, should all humans be acknowledged and treated with dignity and equal rights.

6. And then we marched.

@UCLALabor / Twitter

Thankfully, there were no MAGA counter protesters this year, unlike the 2017 LA May Day. Although, there were spottings in Seattle of counter-protesters dressed in MAGA uniforms. The Handmaid’s Tale in me is shaking.

7. Look at all these butterflies!

@PublicCounsel / Twitter

Caption: “We’re ready to go for #MayDay! We’re marching to stand in solidarity with the immigrant community and our clients. #FightBackLA #HereToStay #DefendDACA”

Here’s who else showed up…

8. CARECEN offers legal services to Central American immigrants.

@Carecen_LA / Twitter

Caption: “We’re ready to march for our rights! #DefendCA#FightBackLA#HearToStay#MayDay”

9. The organization created a giant Refugio el Torogoz bird to march.

@Carecen_LA / Twitter

Caption: “For weeks and weeks our staff has put in endless hours to bring this beauty to life, meet “Refugio el Torogoz” the national bird of El Salvador & Nicaragua. #MayDay #FightBackLA ”

10. This woman brought bottled water for the marchers!

@haleyp / Twitter

Caption: “Take care of each other. #fightbackLA”

My heart is bursting. Turns out, there are lots of ways to give back to your community and I hope a Costco is in yours.

11. Then, she marched with CHIRLA.

@haleyp / Twitter

CHIRLA is the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. ✊

Caption: “when immigrant rights are under attack, what do we do? STAND UP”

12. The Sanitation Workers’ Union marched proud…

@DontWasteLA / Twitter

Caption: “Sanitation workers rights are all workers rights!#greenjobs #zerowaste #fightbackLA #mayday2018″

13. Alongside Nurses United…

@LALabor / Twitter

Because healthcare is a significant issue for undocumented immigrants, many of whom can’t access basic health care like going to the dentist, or the emergency room for a broken bone. This is NOT OK.

14. The Teamsters…

@LALabor / Twitter

…which include pretty much every occupation imaginable, both in public and private sectors to fight for a higher standard of living for all.

15. And McStrikers.

@Fightfor15LA / Twitter

A few workers in the U.K. participated in a McDonald’s walk out after receiving zero hours contracts, unequal pay for younger workers and no union recognition.

Caption: “Solidarity to U.K. McDonald’s workers ON STRIKE!

#McStrike #FightBackLA #DefendCA #FightFor15”

16. Technology has spread the message wider than ever.

@LALabor / Twitter

The May Day Coalition projected this image onto the Metropolitan Detention Center, whose prisoners can see people marching not just on May Day, but for every other movement.

17. Plus, it was raining. In L.A.

@LALabor / Twitter

Did I mention that it was raining in LA today? These Angelinos will not back down from what’s right.

18. “I do it for my daughter’s daughter’s daughter.”

@LAANE / Twitter

There are many reasons to march today. For immigrants, for labor rights, but ultimately, this is for humanity and dignity.

Caption: “Rain or shine, LAANErs stand up for workers! #FightBackLA #DefendCA”

19. Los Angeles marched while smiling.

@aqui_versoza / Twitter

Because, no matter what the trolls say, marching gets shit done. You’re with your people, who bolster your own activism in your personal life, and it makes people pay attention to the issues. I mean, look at you, caring about workers’ rights.

Caption: “We March! We Vote! We Organize! @pwcscorg @domesticworkers #FightBackLA”

20. Rep. Barragan came to march in solidarity with immigrants.

@RepBarragan / Twitter

Caption: “Standing with thousands of workers and immigrants on this #MayDay to fight for better working conditions and livable wages. #FightBackLA #HereToStay #DefendCA”

21. Even though it was gloomy, the turnout was a huge success.

@CAIRLA / Twitter

Caption: “An estimated 2,000 people are in L.A. for the May Day Coalition of L.A.’s March & Rally seeking protection for workers, taking a stand against the anti-immigration agenda & encouraging civic engagement through voting. @CAIRLA is a partner in the event.

#FightBackLA”

22. Some businesses even had signs ready outside their establishment.

@SCOPE_LA / Twitter

Don’t ask me which business that is though. Nobody can tell.

23. At the end of the day, LA’s march was a bilingual march of solidarity.

@UCLALabor / Twitter

Try going to any LA march and not chant, “El pueblo unido, jamas sera vencido”. #NoBordersNoWall

Caption: “activities are now underway! Poster-making session to kick off the day. #fightbackla”

24. Here’s how to help on May 2nd and onward.

@vidcrane / Twitter

Keep supporting street vendors, fair trade labels, and legislators who care about immigration reform. Yes, we just told you to go forth and buy churros (and tip generously).

Caption: “More #StreetVendors rally @Mayday2018 in #LosAngelesCA  #fightbackla”

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to a head Wednesday morning.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home on Wednesday morning.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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