May Day Legacy

May 9th, 2008

Chicago May Day 2008

Asian Community contingent at the 2009 May Day March & Rally in Chicago. View all images posted by marchers here.

Recorded April, 2008
WNUA Broadcast Date: Sunda, April 27th, 2008
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Chicago’s immigrant workers rallied again on May Day to commemorate the 2006 march that nearly brought the Loop to a standstill.The 2006 May Day March was a landmark moment for our city’s immigrant workers, and for the immigration reform movement. On that day, Chicago’s Latino, Asian and European immigrant workers filled city streets demanding equal rights in the workplace, fair wages and the right to unionize.Workers will march again on May First to make sure politicians in Washington support the Employee Free Choice Act. But this year, the marchers will also consist of anti-war protestors, supporters of universal health care, and members of the LGBT community.In the two years since that defining march, the message of equality and dignity has expanded its reach. But what else has changed beyond the make-up of the protesters? Is the message getting out to legislators? Do the city’s communities still care?On this episode of “City Voices,” we’ll hear from Jorge Mujica from the March 10 Movement and two sisters, Ireri and Tania Unzueta. The sisters come from an immigrant family and Tania connects with Latino, youth and LGBT voices on the bilingual radio station, Radio Arte.

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