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Traditional Workers May Day Rally and March Chicago Illinois 5-1-18 1195

A couple of thousand people gathered Tuesday afternoon at the Haymarket Riot Memorial Sculpture on Des Plaines Street in Chicago's West Loop to celebrate the traditional workers May Day..

 

Speeches were given and music was played. The usual festive type of atmosphere seemed to be absent this time. People were angry over the actions of the Trump administration directed towards the working class in general, and immigrants..

 

Billionaire J. B. Pritzker, candidate for governor of Illinois, put in an appearance, He was supported by local union members carrying signs that read 'We Rise With J.B.'. His presence sparked some vocal opposition from people who felt that 'this is a working class event and a billionaire has no business being part of it'. Some shouting occurred between the two camps, but other than that things remained peaceful.

 

The march went down Washington Street then shifted over via LaSalle Street to the State of Illinois Thompson Center on Randolph Street where another rally was held.

 

To me, what symbolized the event and the message being broadcast on the many signs people displayed, was Felipe the Ice Cream Seller. Pushing his cart loaded with tasty frozen treats, he accompanied the marchers from Des Plaines Street all the way to the Thompson Center. It was a warm day with temperatures in the low 80s. It's been a long time since Chicago has had a day that warm. Needless to say Felipe did a lot of business. He works out of the Paleteria 2215 S. Kedzie Avenue in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. Apparently, a paletero can earn up to $30-$60 a day pushing that cart around. It's a heavy cart too. I had a chance to talk to him a little bit. A very nice man. Just doing his best to earn a living. An excellent example of what the working class is all about.

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Taken on May 1, 2018