California May Day activists rally on police, labor issues 

A few hundred May Day protesters decried racism, police brutality and economic issues during a march Friday from the Port of Oakland to City Hall.

Some of the demonstrators held signs reading "Racism is the Disease," ''Black Lives Matter" and "Stop Police Brutality." Others said they wanted better wages and working conditions for the masses.

The rally was mostly peaceful, the San Jose Mercury News reported (http://bayareane.ws/1bKjTF7 ). Some public buses were detoured to avoid other planned protests.

Maisha Davis, 29, a medical student at University of California, San Francisco is a member of White Coats for Black Lives.

"I'm here to support people for May Day," she told the newspaper. "Police brutality impacts us all."

Labor, immigrant and civil rights activists were expected to march in cities across California.

The annual May Day rallies have their roots in workers' rights, but events in recent years have been a rallying point for immigrant rights groups and other causes.

This year, use of force by police is a major focus following a series of incidents in which black men died in violent encounters with officers.

In Los Angeles, a series of planned events included a resource fair where legal services will be offered to immigrants outside City Hall. In San Francisco, labor activists planned to hold a march and rally at City Hall.

Activists in Anaheim marched for legislation allowing millions of immigrants in the country illegally to apply for permanent legal residence.

And in Riverside County, advocates were planning a march through Murrieta, which drew national attention last year when demonstrators blocked buses carrying Central American immigrant families trying to reach a Border Patrol facility for processing.

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