Hundreds of people marched the length of Congress Street in Portland between Franklin Arterial and Union Station on Saturday, May 1, and rallied in Congress Square to support comprehensive immigration reform and oppose a new Arizona law that requires police officers to investigate anyone they have a “reasonable suspicion” of being an undocumented immigrant. Organizations supporting the demonstration included Maine Peoples Alliance, Centro Latino Maine, Power in Community Alliances, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project and the Bates Immigrant Rights Advocacy Group. “In Maine and across the country, a tidal wave of outcry has begun,” MPA’s Ben Chin said. “A broad coalition in Maine has come together to denounce the Arizona law and to call for the federal government to intervene. This is America; minorities should not be forced to carry papers proving their citizenship.”
Accordian player Fernanda Soriano of Portland leads musicians from Mexico, El Salvador and Guatamala as they march toward Congress Square from Union Station Plaza during the May Day march for immigration reform.Like the sign says, “a land of many colors” at the May Day immigration rally in Portland’s Congress Square.Shlesma Chhetri entertains the May 1 crowd in Portland with a Nepali dance.