By MARTIN ESPINOZA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Labor and immigrant rights activists are scheduled to hold a May 1 march and rally on Sunday in Santa Rosa.
The afternoon procession will take participants from Santa Rosa’s Roseland neighborhood through downtown to Juilliard Park. It is aimed at bringing awareness to the plight of both workers and immigrants.
The goal is “to show that people care about these issues,” said Attila Nagy, co-chairman of the Sonoma County May 1st Coalition, which organized the march.
The coalition includes the local Committee for Immigrant Rights, the North Bay Labor Council and the Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center.
Assemblyman Michael Allen, D-Santa Rosa, is scheduled to speak during the pre-march rally at 1 p.m. at the old Albertsons shopping center parking lot on Sebastopol Road. Lisa Maldonado, executive director of the North Bay Labor Council, is also scheduled to speak.
As in previous years, participants will march down Sebastopol Road, through Railroad Square, under Highway 101, around the north end of Santa Rosa Plaza, south on B Street and up 3rd Street to Santa Rosa Avenue and then south to Juilliard Park.
The procession will be restricted to one side of the streets along the route. The park event will be mostly music and entertainment, Nagy said.
Immigrant rights issues have often taken center stage in previous years. Nagy said this year the theme of workers right also will be stressed.
“There will be (May 1) marches all over the country,” he said. “This is in solidarity with all the other marches.”