May Day Rallies Across Bay Area; 4 Arrested At Alameda Protest

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Four people were arrested early Monday after they blocked an entrance to the Alameda County Administration Building in the first of several May Day rallies in the Bay Area.

More than 100 protesters gathered at the building — chaining themselves to the doors and lying on the street — demanding an end to the county’s corroboration with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The protesters also were demanding the county not go forward with a planned expansion of Santa Rita Jail.

Later Monday afternoon, about 1,000 demonstrators marched in Oakland’s Fruitvale District and then convened in San Antonio Park in East Oakland.

Elsewhere, thousands of workers and activists from across the Bay Area rallied and marched Monday in honor of International Workers Day, or May Day, and to support immigrant rights.

In San Francisco several hundred people demonstrated at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office in downtown, closing down streets around the Sansome Street.

Those demonstrators then marched to a May Day rally at Justin Herman Plaza at the foot of Market St. Members of the Service Employees International Union and other workers’ group then held a march in support of immigrant rights to Civic Center Plaza.

In San Jose, hundreds of workers, including tech industry employees, turned out for a May Day rally at the Mexican Heritage Plaza on Alum Rock Ave.

In Concord, activists scheduled a May Day rally and march to begin at 4 p.m. at Meadow Homes Park at 1351 Detroit Ave. Participants will rally to defend immigrant rights and to call on city leaders to make Concord a sanctuary city.

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  1. For all those here illegally, your days are numbered, as you will be DEPORTED, yes you can come back legally, like everybody’s forefathers!Here is a new President who will make safer for Americans. The illegal immigrants are done getting our benefits, social security and welfare.I voted for Trump. The people who voted for Over the Hill, Hillary, Lost!

  2. Jo Gregg says:

    Do these protesters live with their parents, or are they being paid by protest organizers, or are they on welfare? I wonder because on a Monday, most of us are at work, trying to pay our bills and take care of ourselves and our families. I honestly don’t understand what has become almost endless protests. Who is paying for all of this?

  3. While People and “Workers may ‘Resist’ and Unite Against Trump on any number of Action Days” — they will never accomplish anything until they focus on and EXPOSE the EMPIRE:

    Trump is just the latest puppet of the Empire.

    However, today, the only effective Resistance to Empire is to fire a; loud, public, sustained, but peaceful “Shout (not shot) heard round the world” to call-out, ‘expose’, and non-violently confront this current Empire with an essential Second American “Political Revolution against EMPIRE” — against this first in the world; ‘effectively-disguised’, ‘truly-global’, and ‘crony-capitalist-fueled’ EMPIRE, which has already ‘captured’, controls, and nearly fully “Occupies” our former country as its nominal global HQ, and merely ‘poses’ as America.

    As our forefathers and founders knew, there is nothing illegal, and in fact it is essential, to declare independence from and openly confront an Empire which is oppressing people as ‘subjects’ in all their political, economic and social spheres of their ownlives and land.

    And as Thomas Paine thought and Patrick Henry really meant to shout-out, “Give me Liberty (from Empire) or give me death.”

    Just like the old saying goes, “Can’t see the forest for the trees” — Today, too many people “Can’t see the forest of Empire for the trees of issues”.

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