May day in Houston 2012

By James Thompson

HOUSTON – About 250 dedicated activists gathered on May day at Renwick and Bellaire in Houston to demonstrate their support of immigrants and their rights as human beings in the great state of Texas.

Although attendance was down from previous years due to it being held on a week day night instead of on the weekend, the rally was spirited, colorful and lively. Red flags were distributed and many marched carrying these flags.

The crowd was comprised of men and women as well as multiracial and multiethnic people. Many organizations were present to include Houston Unido (which called the march and organized it), CRECEN, SEIU, Catholic Charities, Houston Peace & Justice Center, Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center, Green Party, Worker’s World and the Houston Communist Party.

There were many speakers who spoke eloquently on behalf of immigrant’s rights.

It was indeed a very fun and safe way to celebrate International Worker’s Day! There were no counterdemonstrators but a lot of motorists slowed to express their support of the action.

Support for immigrant's rights in Houston on May day