May Day protesters march in solidarity in Oakland

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
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ABC7 News reporter Wayne Freedman goes inside the May Day march in Oakland on ABC7 News at 11. Follow him on Facebook for live updates before tonight's report.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As this year's May Day made the turn toward evening in Oakland, there was no resting for the weary - especially for people who joined the group after marching with others elsewhere all day long.

When asked if one march was enough marcher Mimi Elias said, "No. I think about this day in and day out. There is no such thing as too much because families are at stake."

More so now, they say -- and how ironic -- they added that this year's May Day, also known as International Worker's Day, arrived almost lockstep with the first hundred days of President Donald Trump in office. He would not have been welcome at the marches.

"I would say stop waging war on our communities," Elias told ABC7 News. "And stop tearing our families apart."

"I would just have a feeling he is not listening," said marcher Cynthia Fong of Richmond. "What can I say that would change his mind?"

Organizers say the march and celebration that ended in San Antonio Park this May Day night has grown for the last ten years -- as Fong pointed out while selling hot dogs and water for the cause -- there's a lesson in diversity represented at the event.

She said folks of color are "here to defend our community."

The event was a melting pot personified and celebrated.

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A man attends May Day festivities in Oakland, Calif. on Monday, May 1, 2017. (KGO-TV)