May Day Workers’ Day rally held at Liberty State Park

Posted: Updated:
The International Workers' Day rally in Jersey City. The International Workers' Day rally in Jersey City.
JERSEY CITY -

An International Workers’ Day rally was held in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park Monday, one of several May Day rallies held across New Jersey.

Immigrant workers’ roles in the state were the focus of the event. Many immigrants and their families came to the rally to speak up about working conditions, unfair wages and federal immigration policies.

“My parents, they are immigrants. We are all immigrants. We are here to fight for our rights,” said Erika Solis, a mother of two young children.

Several hundred people attended the rally, many of them immigrants and members of New Jersey labor unions. Many said that they are concerned about federal immigration policy restricting immigration into the United States and targeting some who are in the country illegally.

“We’re always picking on somebody. Every one of us here, regardless of where we grew up, we’re all children of immigrants going back several generations,” said Weehawken resident Steve Ramshur.

The International Workers’ Day rally included entertainment and political speeches. Organizers said they chose to hold the rally in Liberty State Park due to the symbolism of holding it near the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • Murphy says women will be majority in Cabinet for first time

    Murphy says women will be majority in Cabinet for first time

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 1:16 PM EST2018-02-20 18:16:25 GMT
    (@GovMurphy /Twitter) Gov. Phil Murphy with his picks for Secretary of Higher Education (Zakiya Smith Ellis), Chair and Chief Administrator of NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (Sue Fulton), and Chair of the Civil Service Commission (Deirdre Webster Cobb).(@GovMurphy /Twitter) Gov. Phil Murphy with his picks for Secretary of Higher Education (Zakiya Smith Ellis), Chair and Chief Administrator of NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (Sue Fulton), and Chair of the Civil Service Commission (Deirdre Webster Cobb).

    New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy says for the first time in state history the governor's Cabinet will consist mostly of women.

    New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy says for the first time in state history the governor's Cabinet will consist mostly of women.

  • Trump plan: Less-comprehensive health plans at lower cost

    Trump plan: Less-comprehensive health plans at lower cost

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:39 PM EST2018-02-20 17:39:42 GMT
    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:41 PM EST2018-02-20 17:41:45 GMT

    The Trump administration is backing less-comprehensive, lower cost health plans in newly proposed rules.

    The Trump administration is backing less-comprehensive, lower cost health plans in newly proposed rules.

  • Special counsel files new charge in Russia probe

    Special counsel files new charge in Russia probe

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:24 PM EST2018-02-20 17:24:00 GMT
    (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Special counsel Robert Mueller (second from left) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017, at the Capitol in Washington, DC.(Alex Wong/Getty Images) Special counsel Robert Mueller (second from left) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017, at the Capitol in Washington, DC.

    Special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors have filed a new charge against a man they say lied to federal investigators in the Russia probe.

    Special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors have filed a new charge against a man they say lied to federal investigators in the Russia probe.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."