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Sunrise-to-sunset May Day march in Yakima

16-Wapato-May1-MarchYAKIMA — The May 1st Coalition has come together this year to organize a historic sunrise-to-sunset march from Granger to Yakima. Recreating the historic march of 1986 led by Cesar Chavez advocating for workers’ rights and immigration reform, participants will march from Radio KDNA to Yakima, in segments, stopping in Toppenish and Wapato. (Click image to enlarge.)

“This march is in honor of the dignity of all workers and immigrants in the Yakima Valley,” reads a statement from the May 1st Coalition. “Together, as diverse and vibrant communities, we are asserting our right to a peaceful march in protest of current policies that impoverish and tear families apart.”

The march will start Sunday, May 1 at Radio KDNA in Granger at 4:30 a.m. and stop at Pioneer Park in Toppenish. At 8:30 a.m. the march will restart and travel from Pioneer Park to Lion’s Park in Wapato at 11:30 a.m. From Lion’s Park, it begins again at noon to the 2nd Ave rest area in Wapato, arriving by 2:30 p.m.  From there participants will march to Martin Luther King Junior Elementary School in Union Gap. The march will conclude with a Rally at MLK Elementary in Union Gap at 5:30 p.m.

All are invited to participate in the march and/or gather for the rally at 5:30 p.m. There will be festivities there including music, family fun, and community speakers.

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