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News :: Labor
Photo/Video Essay-May Day 2011 Boston Rally
02 May 2011
About 200 labor and immigrant activists gathered in the Rose Kennedy Greenway Park in Boston to observe May Day 2011.Part of several area May Day protests.
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Boston, Mass.-May 1, 2011:

About 200 labor and immigrant activists gathered in the Rose Kennedy Greenway Park in Boston to observe May Day 2011.Organized by the Boston May Day Committee:
http://www.bostonmayday.org
Speakers talked on the rights of organized labor to collectively bargain, as well as the rights of immigrants, that no human being is illegal.
Also the US wars on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya were condemned and the connection was made to US wars abroad and the US war on poor and working people at home.
The list of demands:
1. Stop attacks on workers!
2. Stop the detention and deportation of migrant workers and their families!
3. Immediate permanent residency for all undocumented migrant workers!
4. No racist profiling Secure Communities programs!
5. Money for jobs and education, not for war and occupation!
6. Unity of all workers to defend our rights!
7. International unity for immigrant rights.

The Bread and Puppet street theater
group presented a moving performance-dramatizing the persecution of immigrants and the Haymarket labor strikes in the 1880s that May Day commemorates.
The protest then marched to State Street subway station and were quite a scene flowing into the subway with signs, banners-much to the surprise of the subway T personnel.
They headed for East Boston where a feeder march was going to join with other feeder marches from Everett and Chelsea for a rally at Chelsea City Hall.

To see an extended video,including the complete Bread and Puppet performance, click on this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZroZHCEHaBQ

To view more photos, click on this link:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/protestphotos1/sets/72157626624786030/detai/
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See also:
http://www.bostonmayday.org
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