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May Day Rally in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — People around the world celebrated May Day on Wednesday in an annual event marking “International Workers Day”.

Southern Oregon residents joined in for a Medford May Day Rally in the Vogel Plaza. They were also there to celebrate Governor John Kitzhaber’s signing of Senate Bill 8-33.

That bill allows undocumented residents to get a four-year driver’s license. The governor said he believes the bill will provide equal opportunity and also improve traffic safety by reducing the number of drivers without licenses.

“A lot of people are going to be able to get more jobs. They won’t be as scared to be here in the United States. They’ll be able to have their license,” said rallier Karina Macias.

The ralliers marched from Alba Park through downtown Medford before the rally. UNETE, a farm worker’s advocacy center, hosted the event.