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May Day marchers in Dallas join forces; downtown shut down

Dallas, TX - Two groups of protesters took to the streets of downtown here on May 1. One group, led by Mothers Against Police Brutality, Organized Rebellion and other local civil rights groups, was marching in solidarity with the people of Baltimore and against police violence in Dallas. The other marched in support of immigrants and against deportations. Before the night was over, the two groups were marching together. One protester was run over by

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Atlanta ends busy week with May Day panel

Atlanta, GA - Two dozen activists from Florida and Georgia gathered here, May 2, where panelists gave a presentation about activism and May Day, followed by a group discussion. The speakers included Dave Schnieder, a newly elected Teamster shop-steward, and Marisol Marquez, an activist with immigrant rights group Raices en Tampa and member of AFSCME. Schnieder and Marquez spoke about the activism they are doing, both on the shop floor of a UPS warehouse and

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Milwaukee May Day march opposes Governor Walker’s agenda

Milwaukee, Wi – May 1, International Workers’ Day, several thousand marched here in defense of workers and immigrants. Organized by Voces de la Frontera, this year’s march focused on recent attacks by Governor Scott Walker’s administration’s against workers, including the recent ‘right to work’ law passed in March. On the immigrant rights front, marchers condemned Walker for signing onto the injunction that has tied up President Obama’s recent administrative relief for the undocumented in the

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Undocumented youth lead spirited May Day march in heart of Boyle Heights

Los Angeles, CA - Undocumented Chicano and Central American students from Roosevelt High School led a militant May 1 march of about 400 people here on International Workers’ Day. The march included members of MEChA, and families, parents, and teachers in Boyle Heights. Viewed by thousands of spectators, youth supported by neighborhood families chanted, “Students support education and immigrant rights.” The main demands of the march were “Legalization for all” and support for DACA/DAPA –

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May Day in Houston demands worker and immigrant rights

Houston, TX - There were a number of events here to celebrate International Workers’ Day on May 1. First, the Houston Socialist Movement held a May Day speak-out with many groups. Leaders spoke about the need to end capitalism, build a socialist movement and make a revolution. They denounced the anti-worker, anti-immigrant and racist Republican Party in Texas, led by Governor Greg Abott. Speaker after speaker expressed a great sense of unity and hope for

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Minneapolis: Immigrants, workers, Black Lives Matter march together on May 1

Minneapolis, MN - On May 1, the annual International Workers Day march for immigrant and workers rights merged in the streets with a Black Lives Matter march. During rush hour the combined march took over all lanes in both directions of major arterial streets as they marched downtown to the Hennepin County Government Center. Chants and songs alternated between the themes of immigrant rights, workers’ rights and Black Lives Matter. Earlier in the day, high

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Tallahassee Stands with Baltimore for May Day 2015

Tallahassee, FL - On May 1, over 30 students and community members gathered in downtown Tallahassee for a march in solidarity with the people of Baltimore for International Workers Day. The march was called by the Black Liberation Action Coordinating Committee (BLACC), Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Transgender Liberation Front (TLF). The protesters demanded justice for the murder of Freddie Grey, Jeremy Lett, Mya Hall and all

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South Florida students stand with Baltimore

Tampa, FL - University of South Florida (USF) students rallied in solidarity with protesters in Baltimore, April 30. Over 100 students gathered at the USF library and marched to MLK plaza, chanting "No justice, no peace, no racist police.” Upon reaching MLK plaza, protesters formed a circle, while leading activists gave speeches. The speeches addressed the need to fight for justice in the face of police brutality. Many student speakers denounced the corporate media for

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