May 1, 2015 11:27 AM by News Staff
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Protests have started in the San Francisco Bay Area but so far they are peaceful.
About 20 demonstrators gathered Friday morning at a transit station in Oakland. There is also a plan to march from the Port to Oakland City Hall for a noontime rally. There are also events planned in Los Angeles.
Labor, immigrant and civil rights activists will march in cities across California on Friday to protest police brutality, call for higher wages and encourage better treatment for people in the country illegally.
While the annual May Day rallies have their roots in workers' rights, the events in recent years have been a rallying point for immigrant rights groups and other causes. This year, use of force by police is a major focus following a series of incidents where black men died in violent encounters with officers.
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