IN PICTURES: May Day Marchers in Long Beach Call on City Officials to Protect Renters, Hotel Workers

About 300 Long Beach activists and residents took to city streets Tuesday evening, joining a series of May Day marches that annually bring traffic in the area to a standstill as protesters speak out not only for workers and immigrants but multiple other marginalized groups.

This year, the May Day Long Beach Coalition, composed of multiple community organizations, put focus on efforts being fought in the city over the last several months, including proposed ordinances on rent control and safety for hotel workers.

Organizers said the purpose of the rally and march, which started at Cesar E. Chavez Park and ended at Long Beach City Hall, was to strengthen solidarity among the May Day organizations, commemorate International Workers Day and “to demand that city leaders make Long Beach a ‘City for all’ by passing pro-people policies like Sanctuary City with no carve outs, rent control and protections, Claudia’s Law, healthcare and full funding for deportation defense.”

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.