San Diego groups rally for rights on International Workers’ Day

People all over the world gathered for International Workers’ Day. Organizations gathered in Chicano Park and marched to raise awareness.

SAN DIEGO — Around the world, people have come together for International Workers’ Day. San Diego organizations gathered in Chicano Park and marched to raise awareness for workers’ rights.

“COVID has only illustrated the glaring inequalities that exist in our society and the lack of real access to health care,” said Benjamin Predo, organizer of the May Day Coalition in San Diego.

Predo organized the rally and wants the workers to keep fighting long after Sunday’s protest is over.

“It’s not just May Day, but every day after. Workers are organizers, workers are reclaiming the resources they produce through their labor. We must unite,” he said. .

Participants stressed the importance of working together.

“The message of unity between blacks and browns and indigenous peoples,” said participant Matsemela Odom.

Those who attended the rally demanded better access to healthcare, housing and education.

“Workers built our society. Even this highway here, workers built it. They really deserve more,” said participant Shanika.

She represented a Filipino youth organization and wants to see changes in war funding.

“We really want our representatives in Congress to pass the Philippine Human Rights Act that would cut off all U.S. military and police assistance from the Philippine government until the human rights abuses stop,” he said. she declared.

Some participants referred to San Diego’s street vendor ordinance as unfair. The ordinance passed in March prohibits street vendors from operating in certain locations.

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