Activists March Through Lake Worth On International Workers Day

May 2, 2018
Originally published on May 2, 2018 11:07 am

Dozens of people marched through downtown Lake Worth Tuesday evening before holding a rally for International Workers Day.

There were young boys drumming on buckets, and adults carrying banners and chanting.

The group represented a broad network of community, labor and health organizations.

Ubaldo Cruz, of West Palm Beach, served 22 years in the United States Marine Corps. He said he wants to see equal rights for all people.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” said Cruz, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Grace Toapanta was representing the Florida Immigrant Coalition. She wants to see a fix for immigrants who are losing Temporary Protected Status.

“Families are being ripped apart,” Toapanta said. “The kids are U.S. citizens. We need a permanent solution.”

Several demonstrators wore pink T-shirts and marched for Planned Parenthood.

“We’re showing solidarity on May Day,” said Lisa Tilson of Boca Raton. “It’s traditionally a workers’ rights and immigration rights day, but we’re adding to the mix — we believe it’s also reproductive justice day.”

Other attendees were advocating for a higher minimum wage, climate justice and an end to for-profit prisons.

Rallies were also held in Hollywood and Tampa.

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