By Post Staff
A rally and March for Dignity and Resistances, drawing as many as 5,000 supporters of immigrant rights, was held Tuesday in Oakland, one of many May Day protests in the Bay Area and throughout the country
Beginning with the rally, which included Aztec dancers in the plaza at the Fruitvale BART station, the march proceeded down International Boulevard to Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland.
Participants included families with children, labor unions, Occupy Oakland activists and community organizations. The event was supported by a coalition of groups called Sin Fronteras (“Without Borders”).
Among the march sponsors were Mujeres Unidas y Activas, East Side Arts Alliance, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Asian Youth Promoting Advocacy & Leadership, Youth Together, La Raza Centro Legal/Day Laborers and Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
Protesters supported the demand to end federal workplace enforcement programs like raids and I-9 Audits, which have resulted in the firings of thousands of immigrant workers at Pacific Steel and other job sites.
They also called for an end to what they consider the continuing harassment, racial profiling, detention and deportation of immigrants. Nearly 400,000 immigrants have been deported from the U.S. in the past year.