Cynthia Nixon joins May Day demonstrators near Bowling Green.

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May Day Demonstrators Rally For Immigration Protection, Workers Rights

May 01, 2018 - 7:31 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- It's May Day -- not traditionally a big holiday in most of the U.S. owing to its association with communism -- but there will be May Day demonstrations in big cities around the U.S. to demand more worker and immigration rights among other things.

May Day is international workers day, and is being called a national day of resistance. Advocates for immigrant and worker rights will protest mass incarceration, family segregation at the border, and for stronger immigrant protections. They will also protest at banks for investments in private prisons or immigrant detention companies.

This kind of May Day demonstration began in the U.S. in the late 1800s with the demand to shorten the work day to 8 hours, it expanded into immigration as more immigrants joined the working class.

In New York, Cynthia Nixon -- who wants Governor Cuomo's job -- took part in a May Day march on Wall Street aimed at what organizers call the corporate backers of hate.

Nixon called for big banks to stop investing in private prisons. While organizers acknowledged that New York State is among nearly two dozen states that does not have private prisons.

"This is a growing industry and an industry that we need to stop," she said.

When asked if there were private prisons in New York she responded, "I'm sure there are."

She appeared to stumble again when asked what she would do if elected.

"You can stop investing in these private prison groups, it's not something that we should be investing in on any level of government," she said.