At the annual El Comité’s May Day March on Saturday, about 200 participants gathered at St. Mary’s church in Seattle’s Central District to rally for immigrant and worker rights.
The protesters flowed through the Central District neighborhood, then the Chinatown International District and later ended up downtown. Many people reported there was a smaller turnout compared to previous years, no doubt due to the pandemic and gathering concerns.
The march’s focus was on immigrant and essential workers. Speakers highlighted the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on migrant communities and essential worker occupations. Despite the lower turnout, march-goers donned colorful masks and yelled lively chants into the air: “Up, up with liberation, down, down with deportation” and “Black lives matter.”
Parishioners of St. Mary’s Church held signs and spoke to protest the Seattle archdiocese’s potential closing of their church — one of the area’s only Catholic churches that celebrates Mass in Spanish.
Read more of the May 5-11, 2021 issue.