A May Day of protests, disruptions in Philadelphia

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It’s May Day and a number of protests are taking place around Philadelphia.


Those protesting include Philadelphia public school teachers, immigrants, union members, Temple University Studetns and anti-Trump activists.

The teachers  shut down part of North Broad Street Monday to protest their continued lack of contract.


About 1,000 Philadelphia School District teachers did not report for work, many of them taking personal time to highlight what they say are unfair working conditions.

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which did not sponsor or sanction the action, is planning a rally later Monday. The PFT has not had a contract for nearly four years; teachers have gone without a raise for nearly five.

At the other end of the city, members of Unite Here, which represents the restaurant and hotel workers, staged a rally at Philadelphia International Airport to call attention to what they consider poor wages and working conditions.

Just before 11 a.m., that group boarded buses to City Hall to join up with Juntos, an immigrant rights group, for a noon rally. The group will be addressing the “unilateral attacks that the administration has committed against not just immigrant communities, but Black & Brown communities, our LGBTQ family, HIV positive people, Muslims, women, young people, workers and many more,” according to its website.

Temple University students and professors walked out of classes at 10 a.m. to demand that college declare itself a sanctuary campus. The protest is organized by the Temple Asociación de Estudiantes Latinos (AdEL), Temple Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA), and 15 Now Temple University.

The protesters demand the school cut ties with all law enforcement agencies that collaborate with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and prohibit campus police from inquiring about immigration status, according to their statement.

About 11 a.m., Philadelphia police reported another group of protesters wearing black masks and clothing and carrying “Anti-Fascist Faction” group flags near Market and Sixth Streets.

May Day, which is also known as International Worker’s Day,  has generated protests around the globe in past years highlighting workers’ rights. This year, many of the protests are taking issue with the Trump administration’s policies, USAToday reported.























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