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Many May Day Marches Set to Confuse Downtown

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 01:47PM
Immigration Rights March Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Protestors on Figueroa call for immigration reform during an April 4 march.

On Friday, five different marches will make their way through Downtown, all calling for changes in federal immigration policy. Three will make their way up Broadway, at 1pm, 3pm and 4:30pm.

It's safe to assume the Downtown streets will be just as confused as you are.

250,000 marchers took to Downtown streets on Monday, May 1, 2006. The day carried off the momentum of the massive half-million person protest on March 25 of that year.

In the two years since, none of the "May Day" marches have come close to the numbers of that initial year. The third anniversary of the March 25 affair brought out only a few thousand marchers.

Friday's marches are more likely to disrupt with their logistics than with their numbers.

The "Full Rights for Immigrant Workers" march will kick things off, gathering at 10:30am at Olympic and Broadway. The march is scheduled to start moving north at 1pm, ending up at Temple and Broadway.

Next is "Immigrant Rights/Legalize LA," assembling outside the American Apparel factory at 3pm. It is scheduled to travel west to Central, north to 5th, then west to Broadway before turning north and finding other marchers.

The "March for Immigrants" will assemble at Broadway and 11th at 1pm. It's slated to head north at 3pm, ending up at Los Angeles and Temple.

They'll apparently pass right through the beginning of the "May First Annual Boycott March," which will gather at Broadway and Olympic at 3pm and head north at 4:30pm. It will wrap over to City Hall on 1st and Spring before ending at Temple and Broadway.

The "International Workers Day March to MacArthur Park" will break rank, or pick up participants, by assembling at 1st and Spring at 4:30pm. Route goes west on 1st, south on Broadway and then west on 7th to MacArthur Park.

Finally, the "May First Day of Action in Support of Workers Rights" will assemble at Echo Park and Park avenues in Echo Park. At 2pm it will move east on Sunset to Downtown, then head south on Spring to Temple, east to Los Angeles and then north to Olvera Street.

Got it? The test is Friday.


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