On May 1, 2018, I went to the May Day march and rally in San Jose, California. I had a good time. My niece had come with me to last year’s May Day march in Mountain View, but she left late from school this year and was unable to attend.
In all the political marches and rallies that I have attended, I have always seen intersectional activism take place. I saw LGBTQ activists, feminists, peace and justice activists, Native Americans, unions, Green Party members, Catholic clergy, Muslim Americans, all speaking out for immigrant rights. I’m especially proud to see Filipino American activists play a leading role in the fight for all immigrants.
I was talking to a Filipina American activist and she mentioned to me that for some reason, May Day always seems to fall on a hot day. It was a warm day. But several groups had boxes of bottled water to hand out to marchers. And there were ice cream vendors following the marchers.
One of the things that many of the speakers are emphasizing is to register to vote. Elections matter.
Here is a video of the march.