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Join the labor contingent at May Day march

MayDay-march-posterSEATTLE — Thousands of demonstrators, including a strong contingent of union members and their families, will take to the streets of Seattle on Wednesday, May 1 for the 13th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights.

Union members are urged to gather at 1 p.m. at Judkins Park, 2150 S Norman St., behind St. Mary’s Church. Look for the red banner that reads “Labor Supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform NOW.” A rally at the park will begin at 1:30 p.m. At about 3 p.m., the march will begin downtown toward the Federal Building downtown, followed by another rally there at 4:30 p.m. (Download the May Day March and Rally poster for more information.)

Immigrant families, students, union members and their allies in the civil rights, faith and progressive communities will commemorate the legacy of May Day and demand a roadmap to citizenship and strong worker protections. Participants will also call for an immediate end to deportations for those eligible for a roadmap to citizenship.



► In the Yakima H-R — May Day march planned Wednesday in Yakima –The annual May Day immigration reform march will be held Wednesday in Yakima, with organizers hoping to add momentum to legislation under consideration in the U.S. Senate. The Yakima march, which begins at 6 p.m. at Miller Park, will be in conjunction with similar marches in Mt. Vernon, Spokane, Vancouver, Walla Walla and Wenatchee.

► In the Wenatchee World — More than 500 expected to march Wednesday for immigration reform — More than 500 people are expected to march from the Wenatchee Community Center to Lincoln Park Wednesday to support federal immigration reform. Marchers will leave the community center at 6 p.m. sharp for the approximately one-mile march.

► In Newport, WA — Union members, their families and community supporters are invited to join in an International Worker Day Rally at noon and the corner of S. Washington Ave. & U.S. 2, Newport, WA, 99156. Afterwards, at 1: 30 p.m., there will be a screening of the John Sayles film “Matewan” at Rotary Park in Oldtown (across the bridge from Newport). The Battle of Matewan occurred on May 19, 1920, in a small company coal town in West Virginia. Lunch will be provided by the Pend Oreille Progressives.

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