[Photos: Linda A. Rapka]
AFM Local 47 was proud to co-host MAY DAY 2019 and join thousands of union members, immigrant-rights advocates and community activists to march through downtown Los Angeles in an annual May Day procession in support of worker rights and immigrant freedom.
The march, beginning at MacArthur Park and ending at Grand Park across from Los Angeles City Hall, was themed “LA People’s Power/LA Poder del Pueblo.” The Mariachi Divas welcomed rally goers as they filtered into MacArthur Park thanks to sponsorship by AFM Local 47.
“The original May Day was an international workers’ celebration more than 130 years ago,” according to a statement from Rusty Hicks, president of the Los Angeles Federation of Labor. “Our nation’s leaders tried to use lies and fear about immigrants to pit working people against one another. They didn’t divide us then. We won’t let them do it now.
“This May, we march to show that we are always stronger standing together and fighting back.”