We're here in Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas for all the festivities. Especially since comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) is back in the headlines this week, May Day is the perfect day for a CIR rally. We stopped at PLAN headquarters early to check out last minute preparations.
And now, we're going outside. Stay tuned here and @atdleft on Twitter for updates tonight. This should be fun!
We're catching the early arrivals... Including Metro Police. We just passed 4:00 PM, and already the commons by Lloyd George are filling up. I'm spotting a SEIU shuttle bus, plenty of AFSCME t-shirts, OFA volunteers, DREAM Big & PLAN activists, and just folks from the community who are ready to come out into the open & make their voices heard.
Get ready for some action tonight!
The event is about to officially begin. A crowd is forming along Las Vegas Boulevard. Everyone from union organizers to Republican operatives (!!!) to LGBTQ equality activists has been spotted.
It's a very diverse and quickly growing crowd here in Las Vegas. I know Senator Harry Reid (D) will take it all in soon. Will Senator Dean Heller (R) notice?
Just minutes ago, Rep. Steven Horsford (D-North Las Vegas) greeted activists just below the main stage. Just beyond the steps to Lloyd George in Downtown Las Vegas are many thousands of #cir activists. We've been seeing even more LGBTQ equality activists here, along with union activists, Latin@ & Asian-American community activists, faith/social justice activists, and more.
The crowd is now chanting, "¡Sí Se Puede!" Mariachi music is blasting. The crowd is bursting with energy. And the program is supposed to start shortly.