1,000+ JOIN TUCSON MAYDAY MARCHArizona 07 Sep 2009 12:37 GMT
More than 1,000 people came out for International Worker's Day in Tucson, to demand an end to Department of Homeland Security raids, an end to border militarization, and equal rights for all regardless of immigration status.
Demonstrators began gathering at 8:00 a.m. at Southgate Shopping Center in South Tucson. By the time the march left it was easily 800 people strong. All along the route people joined the march, including several south Tucson charter high schools - this despite the threat from Tucson Unified School District bureaucrats that no student would be excused for missing classes on May 1. At Armory Park the rally continued with speakers, music, a maypole, food and folks gathered for networking, education and conversation. A Mayday march was also held on May 1 in Tempe, AZ.
May 1st, International Workers' Day, commemorates the historic struggle of working people throughout the world, and is recognized in every country except the United States, Canada, and South Africa. This, despite the fact that the holiday began in the 1880s in the United States, after the martyrdom of eight anarchists during the fight for an eight-hour work day.