Luiz Arias only wants two things, according to El Diario.
“They need to fix immigration, and they need to end worker exploitation,” she told the newspaper.
Arias’ words echo the opinion of the hundreds of New Yorkers who participated in Sunday’s May Day march, which commemorates International Workers Day.
Arias, a 50 year-old mother of two, marched along Broadway to Foley Park, where she and other rally participants demanded immigration and labor reform, the newspaper reports.
“I came to ask that workers rights be recognized as human rights,” she said. “We’re tired that some employers take advantage of our situation and rob us of our hours or salaries.”
Other participants held signs that said “We have to be treated like workers, not criminals,” and “No human is illegal,” El Diario notes.
“We want to send a clear message: Workers are united. We can’t be afraid. We have the right to free expression, and today, we’re showing it,” Teresa Gutierrez, of the May First Coalition, told the paper.
Norma Perez, representative from Solidarity Network of Puerto Rico, said that “nobody is illegal. Workers must be respected. We can’t forget that a large percentage of the work that we put on our tables passes through the hands of immigrants who sacrifice their lives in the nation’s breadbaskets.”
To the beat of drums, dances, and cheers, the crowd yelled: “May first, day of the proletariat!” the paper reports.
Similar marches took place in New Jersey and Connecticut.