From Alexandria, Va., to Los Angeles, workers and their supporters will rally on Tuesday to celebrate labor's contribution to the country.
The events, some turning violent early, illustrate the diversity of today's American labor force. Many marches are associated with May Day, with the first of May being recognized internationally as a day acknowledging workers' rights.
In Los Angeles, members of the Filipino, Mexican, and gay communities marched alongside members of the National Lawyers Guild and the AFL-CIO, among others.
Events in L.A. began before dawn and focused on jobs, education, and peace, according to the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.
The coalition says that deportations and "inconsistent and unfair" immigration-enforcement efforts are of "a pressing concern" to many of the marchers--particularly those who are immigrants.
About 150 people marched in Atlanta to celebrate international workers day and to demand the repeal of state laws in Georgia and Alabama designed to crack down on illegal immigration, the Florida Times Union reported Tuesday.
The laws negatively impact the state economies, said Charlie Flemming, president of the North Georgia Labor Council.