Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Research | By Chelsea Rogers

Thousands in US ready to rally against Trump, for workers

Thousands in US ready to rally against Trump, for workers

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 vehicle. Authorities said the group of Portland anarchists were wearing black bandanas and ski masks and began breaking windows at businesses, setting fires on downtown streets and damaging a police cruiser.

New Highland Academy third grader Roselynn Ngaue makes a sign for a rally with State Superintendent of Public Education Tom Torlakson before school in Oakland on Monday.

"We want Atlanta to be a real sanctuary city, not just a welcoming city", Carlos Medina, a volunteer with the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, told the crowd.

Spawned by alleged "threats" the Trump administration poses to working people and immigrant communities, a patchwork of labor unions and pro-amnesty organizations has coordinated what is expected to be the largest May Day demonstrations in more than a decade.

The crowd on Monday listened to various speakers and performers who are focused on workers and immigrants. Immigration arrests rose 33 percent in the first weeks of the Trump administration, including thousands of people who were unlawfully present but otherwise had no criminal record, according to a Washington Post analysis. "He is not the king of the United States", said attendee Oscar Cruz, 58, describing himself as a Mexican immigrant who has lived in the United States for 28 years. Ray Kelly contested the protesters' claims, saying the county's officers must cooperate with federal immigration agents who have federal warrants to execute. "We are going to continue to educate our community, we are going to continue to grow our deportation defense network to defend our community", Martinez said.

A coalition of immigrant rights groups, labor and religious leaders has organized what they're calling a "massive" rally for 5 Lower Manhattan. They chanted "Donald Trump has got to go!" at the White House gates. Several hundred people gathered outside the San Francisco ICE office with about 40 blocking the driveway and thousands later marched through the city's downtown in the name of immigrants and laborers.

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Despite the California clash, the initial rounds of nationwide protests were largely peaceful as immigrants, union members and their allies staged a series of strikes, boycotts and marches to highlight the contributions of immigrants in the United States.

In Philadelphia, 1,000 teachers, who've been working without a contract for years, protested outside schools. With demonstrations heating up in San Francisco, Oakland, Mountain View, San Jose, Morgan Hill, and Concord and beyond, police and transportation officials are bracing themselves for a day of turbulence and unrest.

Similar marches will begin at 4 front of the Lynn City Hall and Brockton City Hall. In the US, the event became a rallying point for immigrants in 2006 when massive demonstrations were held against an immigration enforcement bill.

Protesters gathered not only to express support for immigrants, but also to stage a sit-in at Gov. Greg Abbott's office to oppose Texas' SB4 bill, which would ban sanctuary cities in the state. Lauderdale, Florida, to Portland, Oregon.

With the flags of many Latin American countries in evidence, immigrants from all over took to the streets to challenge Trump's policies against immigrants and his political moves against women and workers.

The Little Village restaurant Mi Tierra shut so workers could join the march from Union Park to Daley Plaza and planned to reopen later in the afternoon.

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