Workers Day highlighted by protest rally in Raleigh

May. 01, 2013 @ 06:36 PM

RALEIGH — Worker and immigrant rights advocates say they want an end to North Carolina GOP policies that restrict voting and opportunities.

A group of about 75 mostly college-aged people gathered in front of the legislative building Wednesday to hold a rally in support of what they call a people's agenda.

Demonstrators held signs in support of in-state tuition for those living in the country illegally and against Republican causes such as voter ID. They also started chants against Republican Budget Director Art Pope.

They were supported by members of the General Assembly's Black Legislative Caucus.

May 1 is celebrated around the world as International Workers Day. It was born in Chicago after the 1886 Haymarket Massacre, where police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight-hour workday.