LAS VEGAS, NV — In Southern Nevada, thousands marched along the Las Vegas strip as part of the May Day demonstrations.
Among those that took part in the Las Vegas March are Fil-Am workers and their advocates, who say the government needs to do more for immigrant workers.
With their placards held high and their chants ringing through the streets. thousands of union members, activists, casino workers and community leaders young and old flooded the Strip to join the nation’s May Day marches.
20 unions and various organizations, including advocates for a $15 minimum wage increase, Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada, Battleborn Progress, members of the Undocunetwork and the Black Democratic Empowerment Project took part in the May Day rally.
Fil-Ams who joined the march say that a significant part of the Vegas workforce is composed of immigrants from all over the world.
They point out that without immigrants, America’s economy will suffer, and are calling on the Trump administration to stop its anti-immigrant policies — and instead value the contributions of immigrants in the country.
“We are here to say theres not gonna be a ban theres not gonna be a wall immigrant families are here to stay they help build this country,” said Luisa Blue, SEIU vice president. “They need to be respected for the work that they do and the hateful hateful policies that the Trump administration is trying to move through is not something this country stands for. This is a country of immigrants, immigrants are here to stay. We are not gonna go anywhere, so they just have to listen to all of these families’ workers, union workers community activists that are saying no.”
Blue adds that Filipinos from all over the country should be united now more than ever, when immigrant rights are at stake.
“Filipino workers have a history of fighting back and protesting and people just need to think about our manongs in California working on the fields, and going out on strike in 1969 to demand equal salary to the minimum wage,” she said. “Back then, that was there demand we have to remember our manongs, and continue the fight.”
The unity march for immigrants in Southern Nevada was peaceful, yet these protesters hope the Trump administration heard their voices loud and clear.