PHOTO ESSAY | May Day March for Worker and Immigrant Rights – 2010


Immigrant rights advocates joined forces with labor advocates May 1 in Minneapolis, as they did in other cities around the country. Estimates of the number of marchers in Minneapolis varied from 2,000 to 7,000. 

Marches began at three different locations and converged on the Minneapolis Convention Center, where the Republican state convention had just ended with the nomination of Tom Emmer as the party’s gubernatorial candidate.

Emmer endorsed Arizona’s SB1070 law, which orders police to ask for proof of status from anyone when they have a “reasonable suspicion” that the person may be in the country without authorization. Critics denounce the law as an inviting racial profiling and targeting Latinos for harassment.

Immigration reform, including a path to legalization and citizenship and family reunification, was at the center of marchers’ concerns.