Marchers take to Tucson streets for May Day - Tucson News Now

Marchers take to Tucson streets for May Day

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

More than 200 people marched to Armory Park on Monday in support of immigrant rights, among other issues, for May Day, one of dozens of rallies held across the country.

May Day is also known as International Workers' Day.

Isabel Garcia with the May First Coalition said after President Trump's latest immigration policies and his push for a border wall, she expects millions of people to march nationwide.   

    

The May Day march has morphed in recent years in Tucson from a rally for worker rights, to a march which encompasses a variety of issues.

Garcia said they are marching for women's rights, worker protection, the president's travel ban and education, but their main focus is still immigrants' rights.

She said that the immigrants have been one of the hardest hit communities.

Even though the march and rally were intended to be about immigration, in many ways it resembled an anti-Trump rally with many of the protest signs urging opposition to the border wall and anti-immigration orders signed by the President.

"Today I'm protesting anything that Trump proposes," said Mary Kane, a Chicago native who was not home to march in its May Day rally, so she joined the march in Tucson.

Alejandra Ramirez, who took the day off of work to protest said "anything that comes out of his mouth is disrespectful."

Organizers are asking all immigrants to not shop Monday and boycott school and work, if they can.

George Ott said "it's meant to send a message to the elites that we are here demanding our justice and equality."

They want the city to see how big an impact immigrants can have on the Tucson community.

"The most important thing that can happen is in these marches across this country is society feel an impact of what immigrants do in this country,” Garcia said. “They need to begin to appreciate the workforce of the immigrant.”

People started gathering at 8:30 a.m. at the El Casino Ballroom on 26th Street and marched about a mile and a half to Armory Park.

As they marched, they chanted "Whose streets, our streets" and "The people united, we will not be defeated."

By 1 pm, the parade and rally had ended.

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