May 1, 2010 –Across the country, hundreds of thousands of people took over the streets peacefully to demonstrate their support for immigrant rights and immigration reform, workers rights, and the unity of youth, families and workers.
Korean Resource Center (KRC)’s AKASIA member David Cho, UCLA student and first undocumented immigrant drum major of UCLA, fired up the May Day crowd in Los Angeles with a rousing speech. Radio and film celebrities Piolin and Gloria Estefan said ‘Si se puede’ and kicked off the crowd of tens of thousands of people. EunSook Lee was a speaker of the main program.
In Chicago, Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC)’s youth poongmul drummers wore symbolic clothing and invoked the deep rhythms of hundreds of years of tradition as part of an estimated 100,000 person march. Our youth leaders chanted Hal Soo Eet Da and Si Se Puede alike with the other participants.
In Washington, DC, NAKASEC staff met up with a handful of local supporters to join the solidarity march from Tenants and Workers United in Alexandria, VA to Lafayette Park in Washington, DC. Olivia Park spoke on behalf of the undocumented immigrant youth support networks of KRC and KRCC from the rally stage.
On the heels of an egregious racial profiling law that passed in Arizona in the name of persecuting undocumented immigrants, NAKASEC and it affiliates proudly joined in the May Day rallies of 2010.
(Pictures courtesy of Korean Resource Center, Korean American Resource & Cultural Center, and the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium).
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