International Worker’s Day March

The International Worker’s Day March is an official holiday in El Salvador. People celebrate this day by marching in solidarity with other groups. This march largely supports the current government in power, FMLN (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front), and the more liberal policies and groups as well. For example, supporters of environmentalism, healthcare advocates, labor unions, human rights, and the LGBTI community (just to name some) all come together as a symbol of solidarity.

A view of the march from a bridge

A view of the march from a bridge

What are the social justice issues?
These social issues range from group to group, yet each recognizes the importance of solidarity, or the importance in working together to combat the larger systems of oppression. For example, humans rights issues intersect with the LGBTI community in terms of rights denied to this particular community, and healthcare intersects with human rights in terms of rights denied to those with physical and mental challenges. All issues intersect with the others.

So again, a theme of this blog is to present an intersectional analysis of social justice issues. The International Worker’s Day March represents a particular moment within a particular culture that addresses this intersectional analysis. Hundreds of participants showed up to this March. As a citizen of the U.S.A., the Salvadoran participants seemed very pleased to see us present at the march, as it represented an even larger act of solidarity.

Front row seats at the march

Front row seats at the march

A moment of appropriate stasis

A moment of appropriate stasis

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