Well here it is. Been waiting for this one for a while. This is actually my first time at the annual May Day parade in Los Angeles. If you’ve been paying attention to my blog, you’ve already heard that there were two parades, due to conflict between two immigrants groups. Therefore, I will divide my report in two. One will cover the rally organized by Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition (FRIC) and the second half will cover the rally orgainzed by the Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC).
Though there were two rallies, most people who took part would shift between the two, either because they didn’t care about the divide or because they didn’t realize there were two separate rallies, even though a line of LAPD officers separated between two groups. This is unfortunate, since if the two groups were united the amount of those who took part would have probably seemed larger than they were.
Here’s the report from the LA Times.
Full Rights for Immigration Coalition:
This was the first rally I went to when I got there. It was a bit larger than the other one which was further down the street.
The vast majority of protesters were holding the following sign.
A few bands were also playing at the rally:
A few socialist/communist protesters brought with them a pinata in the shape of a “capitalist banker.”
At first they tried to tie it around the street pole but it got stuck and the police told them they couldn’t do that. So they went to a nearby sidewalk (in front of the Bank of America) and used a metal stick to hold it up while kids took turns swinging at it until the candy came out.
Here’s a video of what happened:
Southern California Immigration Coalition:
This rally was blacked off by a line of LAPD officers.