Activists Across America Preparing to Reclaim May Day

by Randy Shaw on April 28, 2006

On Monday, May 1, millions will take to the streets on behalf of immigrant’s rights. In San Francisco, a march down Market Street starts from the Embarcadero at 11:00am, to be followed by rallies at City Hall at 3:00pm and the Federal Building at 5:00pm. For most of the world, May 1 is International Workers Day, and it also the Mexican Labor Day. President Ronald Reagan declared America’s May 1 to be “Law Day,” but in 2006 and perhaps for evermore May 1 will be known domestically as The Day Without Immigrants, as workers, students and business owners—including all workers at the 150-store American Apparel chain— take the day off to send a message about America’s dependence on immigrants.

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