YAKIMA, WA. -- Immigration reform is an issue that is critically important to a lot of people around here. Saturday organizers in Yakima gathered to prepare for the annual May Day March.
A group of community organizers met Saturday to make signs in preparation for the annual May Day March for immigration reform. But organizers say this event is about a lot more than just immigration.
The march always brings tens of thousands out across the country. In Yakima, they hope to return to their 2006 number of more than seven thousand people.
Organizers hope to bring awareness to not only immigration reform, but also topics like access to education and raising the minimum wage for immigrants around the United States. For some, this march is more than just political action.
"I'm marching for my family and my dad who is no longer here," organizer Elizabeth Lara said. "He was deported two years ago so he is no longer here. But it's not just about immigration or deportation. It's about these injustices that are happening in our community. (We're) marching and standing up for our rights, for what we believe in."
Community organizers met Saturday to discuss plans for the march. They hope to have multiple local speakers there to energize the crowd and help push immigration reform on the political agenda.
The May Day March on May 1st starts at 5 o'clock in Miller Park and proceeds down Yakima Avenue.