Labor, immigration activists hold Detroit rally

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Associated Press

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

DETROIT (AP) — A couple hundred community, labor and immigration activists have gathered in a Detroit park rally for better working conditions, immigration reform and other issues.

The demonstration Wednesday is part of the May Day protests around the nation and globe.

Several speakers called on Washington lawmakers to work quickly to enact a federal overhaul of the immigration system. Congress is considering legislation that would bring many of the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally out of the shadows.

Organizations include the local chapters of the United Auto Workers, AFL-CIO and the immigration rights coalition Michigan United. Organizers say combining the groups' interests is important to the effort of strengthening the rights of all workers.

Rallies also were planned in other Michigan cities such as Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

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