Weekly Update: May Day, Free Trade and the 1%.
Statewide May Day Events
International Workers Day saw action across the state as thousands of workers, activists, union members and Occupiers took to the streets. The message was loud and clear: Workers rights, immigrant rights and the end of corporate America’s choke-hold on the middle class must come soon.
In Salem, well over 1,000 people rallied and marched outside of the State Capitol. Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian spoke, and delivered a message from Governor Kitzhaber. In his statement, the governor pledged to help Oregon’s economy and our immigrant population by finding ways to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, “allowing people to come out of the shadows and contribute to our state's economic recovery." 200 activists turned out in Madras, carrying similar messages to the Salem contingent.
Portland’s actions were widespread and diverse. A student rally outside of Portland Public Schools headquarters demanded an end to budget cuts, Occupy Portland rallied throughout downtown and liberated a foreclosed home in Northeast Portland, and hundreds of labor and Latino activists rallied and marched through downtown. The media, unfortunately, chose to focus on a small amount of arrests at an unpermitted march.
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