May Day marchers call for end to deportations

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Chanting “Obama, listen, we’re all in the struggle,” hundreds of demonstrators joined a May Day immigration march this afternoon from Union Park to a rally at Federal Plaza in the Loop.

The crowd had grown to several thousand by the time it left Union Park and began the march toward downtown.  At about 4:15, the marchers began pouring into the Federal Plaza, chanting and banging on drums as the plaza got more and more crowded. Eventually, marchers took to standing on Dearborn Street outside the federal courthouse.

Earlier, 1,000 people, most of them Latino, gathered at Union Park before the march began. Standing on the bleachers of a baseball field, organizers shared stories of people facing deportation and working low-wage jobs.

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A protester is arrested on Michigan Avenue in Chicago as a group of May Day protesters walk south bound on Michigan Avenue on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. (Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune / May 1, 2013)