May Day rally, march to honor workers - Tucson News Now

May Day rally, march to honor workers

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The May Day rally and march will begin today at 5 p.m. at Santa Rita Park at 22nd St. and 6th Ave. this afternoon.  It will end at Quincy Douglas Park at 36th St. and Kino Parkway. 

Participants will make stops along the way at symbols of worker and immigrant struggles. 

The group will march to defend immigrant rights, worker rights, a $15/hour minimum wage and guaranteed scheduled hours.  Further demands the group are marching for - opposition to deportations, border militarization, prisons for profit and wage theft.

"In Tucson since 2005, May Day has incorporated the demands for justice of both workers and immigrants, who after all, are workers too," said Coalicion de Derechos Humanos board chair Isabel Garcia stated in a recent release. "Both are under attack and May Day provides a great opportunity to march shoulder to shoulder in strength and solidarity."

May Day is also known as International Workers Day.  It honors a rally back on May 4, 1886 in Chicago, where there was a general strike for an eight hour work day in which four demonstrators were killed.

Once the group gets to Quincy Douglas Park there will be a closing rally that includes speeches, food and music.

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