May Day march steps off Sunday morning

Thousands of demonstrators march during a May Day immigration rally on May 1, 2010, in Los Angeles.
Thousands of demonstrators march during a May Day immigration rally on May 1, 2010, in Los Angeles. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Thousands of immigrant’s rights advocates, union members and peace activists are gathering Sunday morning for a May Day march. The demonstration comes days after President Obama reiterated his support for the Dream Act and immigration reform. The march steps off at 10 a.m. in downtown LA from Olympic and Broadway.

Juan Jose Gutierrez, with the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition, says the march will highlight working families.

“We keep noticing issues of working men and women, the middle class, they keep pushing them and relegating them to the back burner,” says Gutierrez. “We think that is not in the best interest of the nation and immigrant rights has to be addressed.”

Tens of thousands of people turned out in past years for the May Day march. Five years ago, LA police fired rubber bullets and swung batons at demonstrators leaving several protestors and journalists injured. Marches since have been peaceful events.

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