May Day in L.A.: A solidarity march through Hollywood

LOS ANGELES—As historic labor struggles rage on, attacks on immigrant rights increase, housing prices skyrocket, and armed conflicts with unimaginable human loss continue, the Los Angeles May Day Coalition announces the 2024 May Day march theme: “Solidarity is Power: The People United.” This year’s May Day demonstration features a new march route and location.

On International Workers’ Day, May 1, 2024, thousands of immigrants, workers, students, educators, parents, activists, and people of faith will unite in solidarity to take over the streets of Hollywood—the entertainment capital of the world and the economic epicenter of Los Angeles—in a powerful demonstration for better wages, housing for all, a path to citizenship, the right to strike, and a call for a ceasefire in war-torn areas and an end to all wars.

A broad list of community partners will join to raise visibility about the struggles of working-class people and to demand dignity and respect.

The theme underscores the recent victories in the labor movement, including the Hollywood unions and the UAW auto workers, and throws a spotlight on the growing unity between labor and the peace movement. The American people simply cannot thrive, cannot resolve the country’s endemic problems of housing and homelessness, health care, education, and combatting global warming, while engaged in trillion-dollar wars around the globe.

The Los Angeles May Day Coalition members include: 50th Chicano Moratorium Committee, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), AFL-CIO, AFT 152-Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, ANSWER Coalition Los Angeles, CAFFWU, CFA/SEIU 1983, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Celebration Nation, Coalition of Labor Union Women-LA Chapter (CLUW), COFEM-Council of Mexican Federations, Comité MORENA USA, Communist Party USA, Community Power Collective, Costume Designers Guild (CDGIA), City Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martinez (CD-13), Democratic Socialists of America-Los Angeles, IATSE Local 33, IATSE International, WCO, LCLAA LA, Latino Equality Alliance, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, National Union of Healthcare Workers, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California, Promesa Boyle Heights at Proyecto Pastoral, United Union of Roofers Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 36, SEIU 2015, SEIU 99, SEIU 721, SEIU United Service Workers West (SEIU- USWW), Solidarity Projects, Strength Based Community Change (SBCC), The Animation Guild, Sunrise Movement LA, UAW 872, UFCW 770, UCLA Labor Center, UNITE HERE Local 11, Women’s March Action.

The afternoon starts with a rally at 2 p.m. at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and N. Gower St. in Hollywood, and the march kicks off at 3 p.m. In the lead-up to the day, the various contingents are preparing posters, banners, and flyers to signal their presence and unity. Word on the street: Wear red!

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