L.A. May Day observances split immigration, Occupy groups
Angelica Salas, executive director for CHIRLA, says she hopes her group can work closer with Occupy protesters.
April 27th, 2012
06:21 PM ET

L.A. May Day observances split immigration, Occupy groups

Two groups in Los Angeles just can’t seem to get together on a day of solidarity.

For more than a decade, May 1 - which is the labor movement's International Workers' Day, or May Day - has been about immigration in Los Angeles. Angelica Salas, executive director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles, said for many years people in the United States didn't celebrate the day, but CHIRLA has tried to change that in Southern California.

“[It’s] a major day of mobilization. All around the world people mobilize en mass," Salas said. “And we’re very proud to have brought back to the United States the engagement of May 1.”

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This year, however, immigration will share the day with the Occupy protesters. Nationwide, Occupy organizers are calling for large-scale demonstrations across the country on International Workers' Day, which is Tuesday.

Salas says CHIRLA and other immigrant-rights groups have tried to get together with the Occupy movement for the day. But Michael Novick, an organizer for Occupy Los Angeles, says the two sides just couldn’t “gel.”

“We felt that Occupy itself had to plan out its particular actions on the day,” Novick said.

Since last year, Occupy protesters have rallied against what they say is income inequality, corporate greed and the influence of the wealthiest 1% of Americans.

Salas said it would have been great to get the Occupy movement involved with the May 1st Coalition, which is made of various immigration and workers groups. Immigrants, she said, are part of the 99%.

“[Immigrants] are part of the base of individuals of Americans who have been brutally, I would say, attacked by corporations,” she said.

Novick said that although May 1 in Los Angeles has been traditionally about immigration, it’s also for human rights in general.

“It’s for labor rights, for economic and social justice, for economic equity, and for peace. And we think that will build a strong force downtown to say this is going to be a day that could change the world a little bit and hopefully for the better,” Novick said.

Because the groups haven't gotten on the same page, immigrant-rights marches will be held on Tuesday morning, while Occupy Los Angeles protests will happen in the afternoon, at about 1 p.m.

Salas hopes the two movements can work together on future May Days.

“May Day is one day,” Salas said. “Our job is to penetrate and work on message 365 days. So I’m not concerned,” she said.

Salas said they’ll try again next year to figure out how to, in her words, “build a more progressive movement in this country that speaks about all of us and doesn’t feel like one message or one group is more sympathetic than the other.”

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. hamsta

    charge the occupy protestors for treason.punishment for treason is death by firing squad.deport illegal immigrants.

    April 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sis

      I see you do not know what the word treason means.

      April 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Um, the government is committing treason against the citizens of this country. But i do think that we need stand your ground laws against illegal immigrants. See not all liberals want the same things.

      April 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    lol hey hamsta, is it really you? Been awhile, but last time i checked you were being trolled. As to your post, now you KNOW they cant be charged with treason right? Im assuming youre just venting cuz i know you know about the right to free speech.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    One thing everyone in the US should do on mayday is NOT buy gas! If we all united and dont purchase gas for one single day, gas prices would drop!! And them oil barons in our country, like Bush and Cheney are the real ones that committed treason.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      confederate soldiers committed treason too...these home grown terrorists are viewed as colonial heroes...go figure...!

      April 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Isn't that the truth! Green energy, supported by Barack, is the future! The conservative luddites enslaved us to middle eastern oil, and now complain when Barack is showing the way. They are ignorant and have never seen other countries.

      April 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      I agree. No gas on May day. To mmmm, the confederate's were terrorists. People who still look at them as heroes, are ignorant yokals

      April 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ Mmmmm:
    I agree with almost nothing that you say.
    My great-grandfather was a Confederate soldier and a hero who survived the Siege of Vicksburg..

    April 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      sooo home grown terrorists runs in the family...i hope you understand it wasn't just a dispute of differences. their agenda included overthrowin the oval office and establishment of its president and abdication from the dah union and even attempted to bribe congress to impeach...yep them confederates was low-down and dirty...if they had won the battle u s of a wouldn't even be here today...

      April 28, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      yes, gawd had to put'em down for them conferderates out gunned, out monied, and out resourced the north...

      April 28, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • noworries

      Remember the winner gets to write the history books...ask a southerner you'll get a completely different version

      April 28, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      @noworries...lol...callit whatcha want...they are low-down for they instigated a civil war over greed, assets, and arrogance...turnin brother against brother behind a lie...to further their corporate agenda and profits...i'd like to hear that southern version...how y'all justified killing the sons of the republic.

      April 28, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • noworries

      By the way...they were southern DEMOCRATS...LOL..somehow we forget this

      April 28, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Tooter

      My GGGrand father fought in that war – he had no choice he was drafted to fight hoping to keep the army away and keep them from burning everything.

      April 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Actually, nobody in our home, not even the two dogs or the parakeet, celebrates May Day. When I was a child, a brilliant grade-school teacher of German heritage taught our class to dance around a pole holding ribbons on May Day, and that was fun.
    I was reminded by my brief conversation with Mmmmm that such an exercise is always unpleasant. I believe that Mmmmm is a product of an experienced, masterful troll's imagination, as no real person would be quite as irrational and as inconsistent in writing styles as Mmmmm.
    My chat with Mmmmm prompted me to speculate regarding where the USA economy would be today, and where that economy would be headed, if the Confederacy had been victorious in the War Between the States.

    April 28, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      @jif you need to stop discrediting the truth...ittah been the ultimate elitist's pyramid...and with the narrowness of wealth and education...we'd probally be one big giant haiti with everybody being either a slave or a sharecropper...y'all need to thank gawd them home grown farming terrorists was put down...as for them southern belles...their countryfried dishes, and cornbread hips, and perfumed sache do not change history...

      April 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ Mmmmm,
    You are far from psychic. We don't know what "itah baen," in your words. One can only speculate.
    You seem to know very little about the South, either before 1865 or now.
    I was raised in Mississippi. Now I choose to live in New York.
    There were wonderful people in the Old South, and there are wonderful people there now.

    April 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      they are mint jubilee tea drunks...

      April 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tooter

      Thank you I am a southern bell and proud of it. Southern people have a love for others usually not found in the north.

      April 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Observant

    The only thing more divisive than the War Between The States is Mmmmm. Ther is truth, and there are Mmmmwitticisms, known only to the author. Rubbish.

    April 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Observant

    I also find it odd that while trying to slam the South, Mmmmm constantly tries to imitate the vernacular. Strange.

    April 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I think that Mmmmm is an excellent creation of a troll whom I admire and like in spite of his antics.
    Sometimes the created Mmmmm slips and uses words incongruous with her created lack of awareness. I think that this is a bit of sprezzatura nobile on the part of her puppet master.
    I hope that I remembered that Italian term correctly as it's not in my little dictionary. It's a noble disdain for small details within an aristocratic creation..

    April 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      ...jif baaabey throw in some of that vocal hocket...

      April 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Mmmmm, if y'all had spent more time down there, you'd know how they really talk–when they get going, I mean, with each other. You ought to pick up a little Eudora Welty and spend some time with it, you know? It's been real nice talking with you. Y'all come back now, you hear?

    April 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Constant Comment tea, and they seldom drink alcohol...and almost never without hiding the smell with a discreetly bitter mint or peanut butter.

    April 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dr. Bombay

    Not only have illegal invaders slit the throats of the working man they are responsible for 75% of the crime here in denver radioreference dot com monitor police and ems frequencies for yourself they must have killed 250000Americans in the last 50 years look at lapd online all most wanted 95% spanic. I knew newt was the sh samich. I dont care if an illegal sailed with washington , REMOVE THEM! The states want the laws ENFORCED PERIOD! Theyll bankrupt EVERY STATE! LOOK AT CALIFORNIA FOR GOD SAKE! Mehico is a cultural catastrophe and our govt has helped them spread their societal ills across our great nation. We would have the highest standard of living on earth if it wasnt for the constant stranglehold on our economy due to the invasion and occupation of our soverign land. Look noone wants to break up families just be sure to get them all on the same bus with the anchor offspring seated up front. What about all the american families torn apart by the federal invasion policy in effect. The

    April 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John milner

    NUKE l a!

    April 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill Clinton

    Nuke the border DAILY!

    April 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. FastFrankie

    Here's what you can be sure not to expect from the professional demonstrators: don't expect the Socialist/Communist thugs to upset their foreign backers by calling attention to the issue of immigration (both legal and illegal) and how much it's hurting American workers in all job categories. Don't expect to hear them calling out Obama for forcing American taxpayers to fund healthcare for illegal immigrants. Don't expect them to occupy the embassies and consulates of foreign nations such as China, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Mexico that lobby relentlessly for increased immigration of their supporters into America. What better way to win influence over a large, resource-rich country? Mass immigration is an open assault on American workers of all races but you won't hear much of that from the foreign-controlled Communist thug organizations.

    April 30, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
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