Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque International Workers’ Day 2013: A Photo Essay

Photo Essay by DAVID CORREIA

Scores of marchers paraded down Central Avenue yesterday, nearly all dressed in anarchist red and black, to mark May Day, or International Workers Day. In flyers announcing the rally, (un)Occupy Albuquerque and La Raza Unida, the organizers of the march, asked “are you dying for a living wage?” And many of the marchers, some on bikes, dressed up as zombies as a way to represent the human cost of the capitalist wage system.

Marchers began assembling at 5 PM in the parking lot of a boarded-up Walgreens. By 5:30 the rally moved west along Central Avenue passed boarded up businesses and abandoned motels led by musicians playing The Internationale. Protesters stopped at the Wal-Mart at Central and San Mateo, unfurled banners and sang songs, including “I’ve got friends with low wages.”

The rally retraced its steps along Central Avenue as marchers chanted slogans, including “1… 2… 1… 2… 3… Down with the Bourgeoisie.” The “March for all Workers Rights” as organizers called it concluded in a local park where marchers enjoyed food, music and theater. Unlike at marches in Seattle yesterday, there was no heavy police presence.

Maria Brazil, one of the march organizers with (un)Occupy and La Raza Unida, holds her home-made sign.

Maria Brazil, one of the march organizers with (un)Occupy and La Raza Unida, holds her home-made sign.

Nearly all of the marchers wore the familiar anarchist red and black colors. Strong winds during the march ensured that the Black and Red Flag waved prominently throughout the march.

Nearly all of the marchers wore the familiar anarchist red and black colors. Strong winds during the march ensured that the Black and Red Flag waved prominently throughout the march.

"Zombie" marcher Santana, with La Raza Unida, included the Aztec Eagle of the UFW on her forehead as part of her zombie make-up.

“Zombie” marcher Santana, with La Raza Unida, included the Aztec Eagle of the UFW on her forehead as part of her zombie make-up.

Not all marchers wanted to be identified. Here a marcher holds up a sign that served as a key theme of the rally.

Not all marchers wanted to be identified. Here a marcher holds up a sign that served as a key theme of the rally.

The marchers moved along the sidewalk westbound on Central Avenue while bicyclists occupied one lane of traffic alongside them.

The marchers moved along the sidewalk westbound on Central Avenue while bicyclists occupied one lane of traffic alongside them.

Millions of Bangladeshi factory works toil in dangerous buildings for immiseration wages. More than 400 died last week when the building they were working in in Dhaka collapsed. http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/04/29/among-the-thugs/

Millions of Bangladeshi factory works toil in dangerous buildings for immiseration wages. More than 400 died last week when the building they were working in Dhaka collapsed. http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/04/29/among-the-thugs/

One marcher holds the lyrics to "I've got friends with low wages" as the rally serenades Wal-Mart

One marcher holds the lyrics to “I’ve got friends with low wages” as the rally serenades Wal-Mart.

The marchers travelled back down along Central toward a park where they finished the rally for workers' rights with food, music and camaraderie.

The marchers travelled back down along Central toward a park where they finished the rally for workers’ rights with food, music and camaraderie.

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2 thoughts on “Albuquerque International Workers’ Day 2013: A Photo Essay

  1. Great pictures!

    Posted by ROXANNE DUNBAR ORTIZ | May 2, 2013, 8:34 am
  2. Great signs. Keep on kicking ass Maria!!!

    Posted by Bill Bradley | May 4, 2013, 7:34 pm

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