Demostrators in Los Angeles Tell Us Why They're Marching

PHOTO: Thousands took to the streets in cities across the United States demanding immigration reform at rallies held on International Workers? Day.
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Thousands took to the streets in cities across the United States demanding immigration reform at rallies held on International Workers' Day.

Protests coincided with demonstrations around the world that celebrate workers and workers' rights.

In Los Angeles, home to one of the largest concentrations of immigrants in the country, multiple rallies took over the streets today. We asked several demonstrators to tell us, in his or her own words, "Why I March."

Here are some of their voices.

PHOTO: J. Martin Martinez demonstrates in Los Angeles.
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J. Martin Martinez

"For equal rights!" said J. Martin Martinez, 43, at a noon rally in downtown Los Angeles. The Mexico City native marched in solidarity with the many undocumented immigrants at the rally.

PHOTO: Jesse Quintanilla demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles
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Jesse Quintanilla

"Queer rights are immigrant rights," said Jesse Quintanilla, 23, who represented the numerous LGBTQ contingent near the front of the march.

PHOTO: Vanessa Caballero (left) and Olivia Quijano demonstrate at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
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Vanessa Caballero and Olivia Quijano

"All people deserve human rights. Immigration reform is a part of acheiving those rights," said Vanessa Caballero (left), 29 and Olivia Quijano, 29, who represented the United Nurses Association of California.

PHOTO: Horacio Arroyo demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
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Horacio Arroyo

Horacio Arroyo, 29, with Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, drew a picture of the U.S.-Mexico border dividing a family.

PHOTO: Beatriz Leon (left), Stephanie Mojica, Daniela Meza and Randolph Mojica demonstrate at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
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Stephanie Mojica

Beatriz Leon (left), 38, brought her family to the May Day march. Her daughter Stephanie Mojica, 17, wrote: "Si se puede! No one is illegal :) Everyone deserves legal rights." Daniela Meza, 17, and Randolph Mojica (right), 16, marched for immigration reform.

PHOTO: Janet Martinez and Karen Fernandez demonstrate at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
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Janet Martinez and Karen Fernandez

Janet Martinez, 25, and Karen Ferndez, 22, represented the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations (FIOB). "FIOB wants to keep indigenous families together."

PHOTO: Armando Zesati (left), Nancy Torres and Felipe Marquez demonstrate at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
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Armando Zesati, Nancy Torres and Felipe Marquez

"We want comprehensive immigration reform that will include day laborers, domestic workers and their families. We are IDEPSCA," they wrote in Spanish. Armando Zesati,52, Nancy Torres, 35, and Felipe Marquez, 45 marched for Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California.

PHOTO: Wild Bill Fisher demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
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Wild Bill Fisher

Iron worker Wild Bill Fisher, 60, came ready to pump up the crowd at the downtown Los Angeles Rally. He said: "Salt of the earth. Hardest working and loving people."

PHOTO: Juan Jose Mangandi demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
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Juan Jose Mangandi

Juan Jose Mangandi, 50, of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said: "We're here for the right to life of human beings. For their dignity and for a better and just world."

PHOTO: Milton Sandoval demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
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Milton Sandoval

"We're here for immigration reform. Stop deportations," said Milton Sandoval, 56, who was with Laborers International Union local 300.

PHOTO: Catherine Castillo demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
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Catherine Castillo

Catherine Castillo, 53, representing Health and Care Family was excited to be attending the march. "Keep families together!" she wrote.

PHOTO: Jose Vasquez demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
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Jose Vasquez

Jose Vasquez, 23, of the San Fernando Valley Dream Team joined other dreamers in advocating for immigration reform. "Keep Families together," he wrote.

PHOTO: Kryssia Campos demonstrates at a May Day rally in Los Angeles.
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Kryssia Campos

Kryssia Campos, 23, of Ideas at UCLA, one of the first dreamer groups in the country said: "Immigration is a human right."

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