Elans march on May Day

The Sociology Club unites with people of diverse backgrounds in a protest on May Day, the annual rally for workers’ rights and immigration reform. PHOTO ROBERT BARRETT

By Daniella Molina

The sounds of Aztec drums, rally horns and the people’s message could clearly be heard for miles.

“What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now.”

Among all the flags and chants, the diversity of the city that came together last Sunday was seen and heard throughout the streets.

Thousands of pro-immigrant supporters, including several Elans, marched through downtown Los Angeles in massive demonstration for worker’s rights and immigration reform.

Several streets in downtown were blocked off early Sunday morning for the May Day Rally that began on Broadway and Olympic and ended on Broadway and 1st Street.

Groups, unions and organizations lined up with banners, signs and posters.

The East Los Angeles College Students for Political Awareness, the Feminist Club and the ELAC Coalition of Clubs were among the thousands that came out to show their support and beliefs toward the movement.

“I’m here to support. What this means to me is that everyone should be treated equal.

“It is a time where everyone comes together,” said Mike Sanchez, one of the organizers of the Coalition.

The May Day Rally has brought together thousands of people who have been affected by the struggles of poor pay, lack of benefits and deportation of working immigrants who suffer the constant criticism of stealing American jobs.

Most supporters who came out were immigrants and or decedents of immigrants.

About 25 East Los Angeles students held their banners and signs that read equality for all by the party for socialism and liberation.

The party for socialism and liberation is an organization working closely with ELAC to expand awareness about the movement for a revolutionary change.

“If you’re an activist, this is your Christmas, it’s a time where we all acknowledge each other, like, hey I’m right there in the struggle with you,” said former Campus News staff member Erick Huerta.

There was not a dull moment throughout the rally.

There were chants of liberation being sung and the beating drums of reform.

“These people are not here to cause violence, they are just here to be understood and to hopefully understand more of what’s really happening,” said Andre Martinez.

The Los Angeles Police Department held a prominent but respectable lid on the ocean-size crowd of marching activist.

People had a sense of compassion and understanding for each other while marching.

Tears and frustration from decades ago that haunt the generations of today showed on their faces.

No dominating ethnicity over-took the scene.

A variety of flags of different countries swayed and moved toward the same direction and for the same reason, which stood for reform and justice for all.

To some, May Day is a tradition that will continue until a compromise is met between the legislature and the working class.

 

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