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Minneapolis May 1 march for immigrant and workers’ rights

By Meredith Aby-Keirstead |
May 2, 2017
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May Day march in Minneapolis.
May Day march in Minneapolis. (Fight Back! News/staff)

Minneapolis, MN - On May 1, a broad coalition of unions, workers organizations, immigrant rights groups and other community organizations held a unified march in Minneapolis. The march marked 100 days of resistance to Trump’s racist, anti-immigrant, anti-worker and anti-Muslim agenda. Even though the weather was cold and rainy, 2000 protesters loudly chanted in the streets, stopping rush hour traffic all over the city.

The march took place on International Workers Day, which is celebrated around the world to commemorate the struggle for the eight-hour workday, and since 2006 in the U.S. is also a mass mobilization demanding immigrant rights.

The unified march began with a rally in East Phillips Park in Minneapolis and included speakers and live music. Protesters then left the park to march to downtown Minneapolis and were joined by feeder marches and actions organized by students at the University of Minnesota, the anti-war movement, and the Minneapolis and Saint Paul teachers unions. The march ended with a rally at the downtown Minneapolis federal building.

The speakers at the rallies and along the march route highlighted the struggles of multiple immigrant communities and from unions representing tens of thousands of workers.

The march was organized by the Resist from Day 1 Coalition, which includes 54 local organizations. The Resist from Day 1 Coalition also organized the Jan. 20 anti-Trump march in downtown Minneapolis which had over 6000 attendees.