Now that all the buzz about this year’s May Day has died down, I decided to analyze it. Unsurprisingly, coverage was unbalanced and disproportionate.
As I detailed in my last article, May Day featured the annual immigrant workers’ rights march organized by El Comité, the Solidarity Music Festival, and the annual anti-capitalist march. Lead by the CeAtl Tonalli Aztec dancers, easily a thousand people marched from Judkins Park to the federal courthouse downtown to demand immigration reform and an end to deportations. Dozens of organizations came to represent themselves and free food was provided by a branch of the UFCW 21. A “womxn’s contingent” was an addition to the march. It was lively and mobilized a large and diverse group of people. Yet compared to the anti-capitalist march, it was barely covered.