More than 1,000 people rallied in downtown Los Angeles for International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, on Thursday.
Advocates for immigration reform organized multiple marches throughout the day.
“The message to President Obama and the Congress is we’re not backing off,” immigration rights supporter Maria Durazo said. “We need to stop deportations, we need to change the immigrations laws so that millions of people have a chance, have the opportunity to get into the system and get a path to citizenship.”
One march ended at the downtown Metropolitan Deportation Center, where protesters called for an end to the deportation of working undocumented immigrants.
Streets scheduled to be closed between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. included Broadway Street between East 11th Street and Ord Street, Aliso Street between Broadway Street and Alameda Street, and Alameda Street between East Cesar East Chavez Avenue and Temple Street.
A map of the rallies and marches scheduled throughout the day was created by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.
“The feeling is the hurt amongst all of us because so many of our people are not here anymore, they’re not part of our community anymore but they’re remembered,” immigration rights supporter Neidi Dominguez said. “There are empty chairs around our kitchen tables but there are also empty jobs.”