May Day demonstrators in Los Angeles march down Broadway toward City Hall.
According to police estimates, as many as 60,000 marchers took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday in a show of support for comprehensive immigration reform and against laws like Arizona’s recently passed SB 1070.
The L.A. rally was but one of dozens in cities across the country on May Day, including one in front of the White House in Washington, where 35 people were arrested. —JCL
Los Angeles Times:
Galvanized by Arizona’s tough new law against illegal immigrants, tens of thousands of marchers took to the streets in Los Angeles on Saturday as the city led the nation in May Day turnout to press for federal immigration reform.
As many as 60,000 immigrants and their supporters joined a peaceful but boisterous march through downtown Los Angeles to City Hall, waving American flags, tooting horns and holding signs that blasted the Arizona law. The legislation, which is set to take effect in midsummer, makes it a crime to be in Arizona without legal status and requires police to check for immigration papers.
Though the crowd was roughly half as large as police had projected, it was the largest May Day turnout since 2006, when anger over federal legislation that would have criminalized illegal immigrants and those who aid them brought out more than 1 million protesters nationwide. Since then, most activists have deemphasized street actions in favor of change at the ballot box through promoting citizenship and voter registration.