Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day protesters: 'America no longer cares about its people'

More than 1,500 protesters from all over the region converged on the West Side Tuesday, to rally against everything from corporate excess to failing schools to immigrant deportations.

“America is on the wrong path and no longer cares about its people, only about corporate greed, deportation, and self-interest over the whole,” said Janice Solomon, who came to Union Park with Iglesia Unida de Cristo in Berwyn for a May Day rally.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said the rally so far had been peaceful. No arrests were made as of early afternoon.

“It’s going to be a good day,” McCarthy said. “People have the right to exercise their First Amendment rights, and we’re going to protect them. I hope the weather cooperates.”

The protesters marched in the rain, chanting “Stop deportation! and “Asian, Latin, black and white, workers of the world unite.”

Police and protesters estimated the attendance at between 1,500 and 2,000 people.

The marchers included members of the Occupy movement, who earlier Tuesday, on their way to Union Park at 1501 W. Randolph, passed banks to protest the high numbers of home foreclosures even though the banks received billions in federal bail-outs.

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