May Day Demonstrations Expected To Draw Thousands For Immigration Reform

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Two rival organizations will stage competing May Day demonstrations in Los Angeles Sunday, likely drawing thousands of people clamoring for immigration reform.

According to LAPD, the organizers behind the May First March and Rally for Full Legalization will begin assembling at 6 a.m. near Olympic Boulevard and Broadway Avenue.

Although event organizers told the Los Angeles Times that more than 50,000 people could turn out Sunday, permits sought for the march planned for about 10,000.

“We are going to have a large enough deployment to handle anything,” said Deputy police Chief Jose Perez.

“Our posture will be consistent with what we’ve had the last two years. We want to keep a lid on anything, but, ideally, we are going to maintain a low profile and facilitate allowing everybody to express their 1st Amendment views in a peaceful and organized manner.”

Competing in Sunday’s pro-immigrant outpouring will be the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition — which has support from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles and other labor and community groups — and the smaller, grass-roots Southern California Immigration Coalition.

The Southern California group alleges its larger rival is funded and led by the Democratic Party, which some criticize for stalling reforms and increasing the deportation of illegal immigrants.

Police said the first march will start at noon and the second at 12:30 p.m., with both scheduled to proceed northbound on Broadway. One group will hold a rally on Broadway at First Street, and the other at Broadway and Fourth.

Sunday between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., the following intersections will be closed: Broadway between Olympic Boulevard and Temple Street; Spring Street between Olympic Boulevard and Temple Street; Hill Street between Olympic Boulevard and Temple Street; and First Street between Main Street and Grand Avenue.

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  • Thomas Forcade

    An ocean of illegal immigrants screaming for “their rights”.And telling all the white people to”go back to Europe”.Ya gotta love America.Land of the boiling frog.Just wait…

    • Saber 1

      Here are your rights: You have the right to be silent, anything you say can and will used against in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney, if you can’t afford one, one will be provided at no cost. Since your ILLEGAL in MY COUNTRY, PLEASE LEAVE BEFORE YOU COMPLETELY DESTROY IT. Go back to your third world country and finish destroying it.

  • Get In Line

    You are right Lois. This is America and you must go through process like everyone. You Moron you can not cut in line. Learn to stay in line like other people. I’m immigrant it took me years to apply to come to United States. You should do the same thing like I did.

  • Spanish is the New English

    English Only, start by learning the language yourself. You need to proof read before you post. You sound just as ignorant as LOOTERS, Get In Line, and Lois.


    I thoroughly enjoy the fact that 6 of the 7 comments are grammatically incorrect. Idiots.

  • Casual

    Its sad and pathetic how the anti reform posts are so ignorant! in the past five years riots and looting have never even happened on the may 1st rallies.
    Get in line is greedy with the american dream, Jose chaves sounds like a fake name to me, and the first poster is the biggest idiot of them all. No one is telling anyone to go back to europe.

    • Naui

      we will takeover!!!

      • Saber 1

        Here are your rights: You have the right to be silent, anything you say can and will used against in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney, if you can’t afford one, one will be provided at no cost. Since your ILLEGAL in MY COUNTRY, PLEASE LEAVE BEFORE YOU COMPLETELY DESTROY IT.

  • Just a Thought

    Well said Casual… Ditto =)

  • a working citizen

    you stand in front of me and bite the hand that feeds…..if you do not like what we give you for free, your education, free healthcare,and just about anything i provide for you, then maybe the country you are supposed to be liviing in leagally…(i know big word here) will provide better for you..
    stop expecting what you perceive as an intitlement as the goodness of our giving , and stop complaining about what is given to you as free that i pay for.

  • Jack Brito

    If a wrong was done to an illegal’s family member he would want justice for the perp who commited the crime, why, because he broke the law. So why are illegals being hypocrites and wanting forgiveness when THEY break the law for entering this country illegally. Illegal, is illegal, is illegal PERIOD! Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time, or in this case the deportation. AND don’t fly the mexican flag if you want to stay. This is AMERICA, we are RED, WHITE and BLUE, no other flag counts, matters or should be flown ANYWHERE except at a consulate or embassy or on the vehicles of visiting dignitaries. Too many GOOD men and women have died defending this country, for you to dishonor them by flying your flag.

    • AJ Morgan

      Well said Jack!

  • Libby

    I am in complete agreement with the fact that immigration issue was settled in 1986. I live in Texas and Mexico’s flag is flown over our Texas flag everyday. Illegals have no interest in learning English. They work for FWISD and the City of Ft.Worth. These are illegals with NO HS education working in these offices (no farm work) In my neighborhood, I’ve had to ask for code compliance regulation book because trash, appliances, trailers, mattresses litter the front and back yards. I’m sick and tired of their rights. In a southern city in Texas, the city council has to decide between laying off legal citizens or stopping “free” services to illegals. Legal citizens will probably be laid off. This is only in America where “illegals” have the “rights” that “legals are required to pay for.


    Dam all these “HATERS”!!!!! Ill tell you what! you haters get your little group together and have a “TRAILER TRASH” march and call it a day……….. Hahahaha!!!!! LATINO4LIFE. Ooh one more thing you HATERS hate latinos then stop calling your cites spanish names!!!!!!!!!

    • HooDatIS?

      latino4life…so funny….tell them how u really feel……….haters are loosers

    • Saber 1

      Hey uh BEAN 4Life,
      Hit spell check and get command of the English language before posting in public.


        Beans taste good!!!! Trailer trash!!!!! Tell you what july 4 th you can have your “TRAILER TRASH MARCH” saber round up your posse!!!!!!!!!!

      • Saber 1

        Bean 4Life,
        First of all, you respect the 4th of July. $picd de Mayo is not an American holiday, only to those third world toilet dwellers like yourself. I probably make more in six months than you do in six years, Stanford educated and I’m a Vice President Nation wide business that does not employ ILLEGAL ALIEN $pic$.


    if they dont like it here enough to protest…why not go back to where they may have a better life then? we have given them enough…and they refuse to ASSIMILATE…

  • parasiticlord@youtube

    no one is a illegal alien!!! ,not even the extra-terrestrials!!!

  • JebBush_BMWLover

    Where are the helicopter gunships?

  • Edgardo Diaz

    @Jose Chavez, well said! You couldn’t have said it better! Illegal immigrants aka CRIMINALS for breaking the law! Mexico deports illegal immigrants from other South and Central American countries so why be a crying baby when the Americans deport Mexicans? Don’t be so hypocritic Mexicans!

  • burt

    These people are ILLEGAL, DEPORT ALL of them.They have destroyed Mexico, now they are turning America into the same sewer they came from.

  • burt

    Illegals cost Americans 382 billion $ every year. Illegals kill and rape hundreds of Americans every year. Deport all of these criminals.

  • VET 4 LIFE

  • Off!!!

    MORONS or what?
    I thought when you break the law you hide? Not go out and demand rights for being ILLEGAL! Put down police, immigration and AZ for trying to enforce the law?
    I believe a majority of illegals coming in via AZ are Latino, so we should stop Chinese, blacks and whites in AZ and ask for proof? HUH? America where are your Cojones anymore? As for May Day marches. Why doesn’t immigration attend and DEMAND the MORONS prove citizenship and deport all who are stupid enough to march for rights when they ARE ILLEGAL?
    Lay off school teachers who do not speak Spanish? What the hell!! Health care, welfare and rights for ILLEGALS??? WT@!???
    And do not even go to “we were here first”! Read all the LA RAZA BS!
    I believe American Indians are still here and building casinos? So long before America, Mexican Indians would go north and rape plunder and pillage the locals and now they cannot anymore, BOO frigging HOO!!
    JC what a bunch fn of MORONS!!
    And America why are we becoming so pu$$ified?
    FYI calling a MORON a MORON does not make u a racist!

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