May Day Protests in Washington, D.C.

On Monday May 1 a march called DC on Strike organized by Many Languages One Voice (MLOV) went from Lamont Park to the White House for the annual celebration of May Day. Another group of protesters met for a seperate rally in Malcolm X Park. The rally went on without incident except for an altercation between a conservative live streamer and someone who slapped his phone out of his hand.  After the rally the group of protesters joined up with the others who had had left from Lamont Park. The march went through Washington, D.C. and the first stop was at a restaurant called Matchbox which was accused of firing workers out of retaliation for trying to improve the working conditions there. Police lined the entrance of the building as the group of over 1,000 protesters chanted shame. The march continued through downtown to Freedom Plaza where there was another rally, and the march left from there to meet up with thousands of other activists participating in May Day Action: Immigrants’ and Workers’ March at Lafayette Square behind the White House.

A protester places an IWW, Industrial Workers of the World, flag in the arm of the Jeanne Darc statue in Malcolm X Park in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

A protester places an IWW, Industrial Workers of the World, flag in the arm of the Jeanne Darc statue in Malcolm X Park in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

Banners being prepared before the May Day march from Malcolm X Park to the White House begins in Washington, D.C. on may 1, 2017.

A protester is taken to the ground by someone who was live streaming the rally after his phone was knocked out of his hand during an argument. Washington, D.C. May 1, 2017.

Protesters begin the May Day march from Malcolm X Park to the White House in Washington, D.C. May 1, 2017.

The live streamer from the rally poses in front of anti fascists protesters as they waits for another May Day march group to meet them to make their way to the White House in Washington, D.C. May 1, 2017.

A protester waits in the street for the May Day march to start while holding a North Korean flag in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

The larger second group that was marching down 16th Street makes it Malcolm X Park and the other protesters join them in marching to the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

Protesters against President Trump’s immigration policies march at the front of the march with a banner supporting Washington, D.C. being a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants on May 1, 2017.

The May Day march goes down U Street between 16th and 15th in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

Protesters play drums on five gallon buckets with a band in the May Day march to the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

A trombonist plays with other musicians as the May Day march goes through Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

Protesters hold up a banner protesting Matchbox restaurant that is being accused of firing employees for trying to improve their working conditions in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

Police stand guard at the entrance to Matchbox restaurant that is being accused of firing employees for trying to improve their working conditions as protesters chant shame at the building in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

Vendors sell political buttons during the DC on Strike march to the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

Protesters carry a DC on Strike banner at the front of the march to the White House in Downtown Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

Protesters of different socialist groups march in the DC on Strike march to the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

A protester holds a sign mocking a Donald Trump quote from the presidential campaign about undocumented immigrants in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

The DC on Strike march passes by the National City Christian Church on the way to the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

Protesters march down 14th Street in Washington, D.C. on their way to the White House on May 1, 2017.

Protesters march down 14th Street in Washington, D.C. on their way to the White House on May 1, 2017.

Feminist protesters march down 14th Street with a puppet during the May Day march to the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

A group of protesters march with a painted parachute as the protest moves into Freedom Plaza for a short rally before the march leaves for the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

A girl poses in front of a sign as protesters fill Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. for a rally before completing the march to the White House on May 1, 2017.

Protesters leave the rally in Freedom Plaza with a cardboard effigy of Washington, D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser as the march makes it way to the White House on May 1, 2017.

The DC on Strike march heads back up 14th Street as it makes it way to the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

A protester at the front of the DC on Strike march chants as the group passes by the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

The DC on Strike march passes between the White House and Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

A American flag flies over a crowd of thousands of people at the Mayday Action Immigrants’ and Workers’ March that the DC on Strike March met up with in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

Washington State congresswoman Pramila Jayapal addresses the crowd at the Mayday Action Immigrants’ and Workers’ March in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

A protester stands in front of security gates with the White House in the background as she give a speech against Donald Trump’s immigration policies after the DC on Strike march ended in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. on may 1, 2017.

A protester with a large puppet of Donald Trump walks between Lafayette Square and the White House during the Mayday Action Immigrants’ and Workers’ March rally in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017.

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