LA activists announce plans for massive May Day march

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LA activists announce plans for massive May Day march

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By Brenda Gazzar | POSTED: 03/22/17, 3:17 PM PDT | Los Angeles Daily News

The May Day Coalition of Los Angeles unveiled its plan Wednesday for a massive strike and march on May 1 on behalf of immigrant and workers’ rights.

Thousands of members of the coalition, which includes labor, community and faith organizations from around Southern California, and supporters are expected to march from MacArthur Park to Los Angeles City Hall under the banner of “resist,” organizers said.

“In Los Angeles, there is resistance, resistance against all that is being destroyed by this current (presidential) administration and resistance for a vision for a better future for our families,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, at a news conference in MacArthur Park.

Salas said organizers are asking community members to skip work or school on May 1, and to close their businesses that day “in recognition of all the workers that make that business profitable and strong.”

Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, said he asked Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King to “shut down the district” on May 1.

“Students on that day are going to be best with their families, with their communities and hopefully participating,” Caputo-Pearl said.

School district officials are “still discussing this issue internally,” LAUSD spokeswoman Shannon Haber said.

CHIRLA volunteer Maria Elena Hernandez, a Mexican national who has lived in the country illegally for years, said she plans on marching that day with her family.

“We have to fight and if they don’t want us in this country, then we are going to go fighting and not down on our knees,” Hernandez, who lives in the San Fernando Valley, said in Spanish.

International Workers’ Day has been celebrated as an immigrant rights effort in Los Angeles for more than a decade.

The May 1 rally will start at noon.