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.
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
2. Today, we marched.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
Caption: “Sanitation workers rights are all workers rights!#greenjobs #zerowaste #fightbackLA #mayday2018″
13. Alongside Nurses United…
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…
…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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
22. Some businesses even had signs ready outside their establishment.
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.
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.
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”