16 May Day March 2007
On May Day immigrants and their supporters marched through the streets of Bridgeton, NJ, a small town with high unemployment, and a growing community of Latino immigrants. Many are farm workers, and the march was organized by the Farm Worker Support Committee (CATA). Other immigrants work in service and light industry. Marchers protested anti-immigrant bills in Congress and local anti-immigrant initiatives. They called for amnesty -- permanent residence visas which would give the undocumented immediate legal status and rights -- and equality -- opposing second-class status as temporary workers. Many African American residents watched the march go through the neighborhoods they share with Latinos, and many cheered the marchers on.
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