By Bilingual Weekly News staff writer
Stockton, CA – Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 3 PM supporters of immigrant and civil rights will gather on the corner of March Lane and El Dorado Street in Stockton as an effort, “to stop inhumane detention and abuse of immigrants,” said Luis Magaña, Coordinator of the May 1st Marches.
May Day is known for the historic landmarks in the labor movement. In 1884, the union forerunner of the American Federation of Labor pushed a resolution for an eight (8) hour work day. “8 hours shall constitute a day’s work from and after May 1, 1886,” proclaimed the union.
“Today, immigrant workers continue to fight for workplace rights due to their legal status,” commented Luis Magana, Coordinator of the March 2011.
Since 2006, San Joaquin County residents have gathered on May 1st for immigration reform to, “continue to march because we want to raise awareness. We want the president and everyone else, from congress to know that we demand to be recognized NOW!,” said Angel Picon, Regional Coordinator of Alliance of Californians for Community empowerment.
During past marches members have voiced their concern over industries of the United States of America and farms which demand strong immigrant labor and yet fail to protect fundamental human rights.
“We invite everyone to come out and support human rights in our local community,” said Magaña, who will be marching for a comprehensive and humane immigration reform along with others.