Community members, politicians and students are preparing to march through the streets of San Francisco today to demand rights for immigrants.
The May Day March is set to start at 12:45 p.m. at 24th and Mission streets. It is one of many marches taking place across the nation in
support of immigrants. Such marches have been going on for years every May 1.
"We are marching today in solidarity with all immigrants," 27-year-old event organizer Diana Macasa said this morning.
A rally is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at San Francisco's Civic Center. Poets, singers and rappers will be performing, she said. Also among those scheduled to attend the events is Supervisor David Campos.
On Friday, Campos, along with City Attorney Dennis Herrera, called for the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be moved from Phoenix in protest of Arizona's new law that requires local law enforcement to check the legal status of those they suspect may be illegal immigrants.
The law was signed April 23 by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.
After a wave of protest, lawmakers in Arizona have since banned race from being used to identify illegal immigrants.
But the change in new the law isn't enough, according to Macasa, who said she and other marchers are pushing for boycotting Arizona.
Due to what's going on in Arizona, thousands more people are expected to come out for this year's march than in 2009, said, Macasa, who lives in the city's Mission District. She estimated last year's attendance at 1,500.