OAKLAND (BCN) – About 1,200 men, woman and children marched peacefully through Oakland this afternoon in a regional International Worker’s Day march for worker’s rights, a spokesman for the march said.
People from at least 20 groups came together as the Oakland Sin Fronteras Coalition and met in Fruitvale Plaza at noon to hear speakers talk about worker’s rights, an end to the deportation of immigrants and an end to police violence toward people of color.
The march started at 1 p.m. at Fruitvale Plaza and lasted about 90 minutes. It concluded at San Antonio Park, march spokesman Omar Ali said.
Ali identified himself as a member of the Oakland Sin Fronteras Coalition and the Arab Resource & Organizing Center, which is a member of the Oakland Sin Fronteras Coalition.
Ali said many people along Foothill Boulevard and people lining International Boulevard looked on as the marchers walked by and a lot of the onlookers joined the march.
This year’s theme was “We Vote in the Streets for Justice.”
Marchers marched for an immediate end to deportations, an end to state violence against black people and increased efforts to build strong and healthy communities, among other issues, organizers said.
Police and Ali said the march was peaceful and nothing was damaged.
Ali said the police monitored marchers in lots of cars and with lots of batons.
No one was hurt, Ali and police said.