In cities across the USA, women's groups, pro-illegal-immigration groups, anti-police "social-justice warriors" and basically anyone who wants to protest President Trump are flooding the streets on behalf of workers around the world on this May Day. "We are exhausted of being demonized and serving as scapegoats - enough is enough!" Sign up for free news alerts from WND.com, America's independent news network. "We are hard-working people".
The Washington marchers began their trek through the city at Dupont Circle and ended up at the White House.
Activists and immigrant advocates are marking May Day with another day of action in the Phoenix area after a weekend of marches and rallies that called for support of immigration and labor rights.
Later, May 1 was chosen as the annual commemoration date for the Chicago event and since then, with the support of influential groups led by anarchists, communists, and socialists, global workers or May Day began. "We all have rights that we are going to exercise!" said a flyer in Spanish posted on the El Guero Facebook page.
President Donald Trump has aggressively pursued immigration enforcement, and the government has threatened to withhold funding from so-called sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
Activists plan to march later on Monday to Chelsea City Hall for a rally.
"If certain communities of color feel they are being targeted, they will not report real crimes and that puts everyone's safety at risk", Vice President of 32BJ Service Employees International Union Roxana Rivera explained.
While the protests were largely peaceful, a march in Portland, Ore., turned violent when a sea of black bloc anarchists set fire to newspaper boxes, slashed the tires of police vehicles and sprayed anarchy signs on storefronts.
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The park where the "Roof and Refuge" rally and march began is in the heart of the Monument Boulevard neighborhood, home to a large immigrant Latino community.
Although May Day is not marked in the United States as a national or official holiday, the annual event in other countries commemorates an episode that occurred in Chicago on May 4, 1886, which led to violence.
To counter the communist fervor in the United States during the First Red Scare, "Americanization Day" was observed on May 1, 1921.
"Workers make everything happen", said Tom Linebarger, a 74-year-old retired painter who drove from Redwood City to take part in San Jose's rally and march. "We are inspired by their pride in our country's principles, their devotion to our freedom, and their solemn pledge to protect and defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic".
May 1 is International Workers' Day and protesters from the Philippines to Paris celebrated by demanding better working conditions. The loose coalition of groups organizing the May 1 protests is certainly doing that - even if they likely see American values a little bit differently than Trump does in his Loyalty Day statement.
With the flags of many Latin American countries in evidence, immigrants from all over took to the streets to challenge Trump's policies against immigrants and his political moves against women and workers.
Seattle police have arrested one person during a May Day rally.
"I've been talking to a lot of colleagues from across the aisle - there are a lot of Republicans who do want to deal with immigration in a very different way than what the president is talking about", said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) at the protest. "We don't like those kinds of things", Anderson said.