PHOTO: Thousands took to the streets in cities across the United States demanding immigration reform at rallies held on International Workers? Day.

Demostrators in Los Angeles Tell Us Why They're Marching

Albert Sabaté/ABC/Univision

Thousands took to the streets in cities across the United States demanding immigration reform at rallies held on International Workers' Day. Protests coincided with demonstrations around the world that celebrate workers and workers' rights. In Los Angeles, home to one of the largest concentrations of immigrants in the country, multiple rallies took over the streets today. We asked several demonstrators to tell us, in his or her own words, "Why I March." Here are some of their voices.

J. Martin Martinez
"For equal rights!" said J. Martin Martinez, 43, at a noon rally in downtown Los Angeles. The Mexico City native marched in solidarity with the many undocumented immigrants at the rally.
PHOTO: J. Martin Martinez demonstrates in Los Angeles.
Jesse Quintanilla
"Queer rights are immigrant rights," said Jesse Quintanilla, 23, who represented the numerous LGBTQ contingent near the front of the march.
PHOTO: Jesse Quintanilla demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles
Vanessa Caballero and Olivia Quijano
"All people deserve human rights. Immigration reform is a part of acheiving those rights," said Vanessa Caballero (left), 29 and Olivia Quijano, 29, who represented the United Nurses Association of California.
PHOTO: Vanessa Caballero (left) and Olivia Quijano demonstrate at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
Horacio Arroyo
Horacio Arroyo, 29, with Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, drew a picture of the U.S.-Mexico border dividing a family.
PHOTO: Horacio Arroyo demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
Stephanie Mojica
Beatriz Leon (left), 38, brought her family to the May Day march. Her daughter Stephanie Mojica, 17, wrote: "Si se puede! No one is illegal :) Everyone deserves legal rights." Daniela Meza, 17, and Randolph Mojica (right), 16, marched for immigration reform.
PHOTO: Beatriz Leon (left), Stephanie Mojica, Daniela Meza and Randolph Mojica demonstrate at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
Janet Martinez and Karen Fernandez
Janet Martinez, 25, and Karen Ferndez, 22, represented the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations (FIOB). "FIOB wants to keep indigenous families together."
PHOTO: Janet Martinez and Karen Fernandez demonstrate at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
Armando Zesati, Nancy Torres and Felipe Marquez
"We want comprehensive immigration reform that will include day laborers, domestic workers and their families. We are IDEPSCA," they wrote in Spanish. Armando Zesati,52, Nancy Torres, 35, and Felipe Marquez, 45 marched for Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California.
PHOTO: Armando Zesati (left), Nancy Torres and Felipe Marquez demonstrate at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
Wild Bill Fisher
Iron worker Wild Bill Fisher, 60, came ready to pump up the crowd at the downtown Los Angeles Rally. He said: "Salt of the earth. Hardest working and loving people."
PHOTO: Wild Bill Fisher demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
Juan Jose Mangandi
Juan Jose Mangandi, 50, of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said: "We're here for the right to life of human beings. For their dignity and for a better and just world."
PHOTO: Juan Jose Mangandi demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
Milton Sandoval
"We're here for immigration reform. Stop deportations," said Milton Sandoval, 56, who was with Laborers International Union local 300.
PHOTO: Milton Sandoval demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
Catherine Castillo
Catherine Castillo, 53, representing Health and Care Family was excited to be attending the march. "Keep families together!" she wrote.
PHOTO: Catherine Castillo demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
Jose Vasquez
Jose Vasquez, 23, of the San Fernando Valley Dream Team joined other dreamers in advocating for immigration reform. "Keep Families together," he wrote.
PHOTO: Jose Vasquez demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
Kryssia Campos
Kryssia Campos, 23, of Ideas at UCLA, one of the first dreamer groups in the country said: "Immigration is a human right."
PHOTO: Kryssia Campos demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
comments powered by Disqus

ABC UNIVISION

5 Economic Reasons for Imm. Reform