Saturday, May 2, 2015

May Day Rallies: Racial Justice and Workers' Rights

Thousands of Americans set out to march under the banners of “black lives matter” and “no justice no peace” on Friday, merging the movement against police abuses with May Day’s 124-year crusade for workers’ rights.

In New York, thousands rallied in downtown Manhattan, demanding “disarm the NYPD” in the wake of the police killings of Freddie Gray in Baltimore and other black men around the country.

Protesters also called for a minimum wage hike to $15, restrictions on carbon emissions and an end to tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans.

“The thing about racial justice, and the reason that the movement has space for the fight for 15 [dollar minimum wage] and workplace issues is that we’re all people, and this is a people problem,” said Sabaah Jordan, an organizer who did not plan the May Day events but said she would take part.


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