CHICAGO (AP) - There will be immigration-rights rallies across
the country today, even as health officials try to clamp down on a
swine flu epidemic with roots in the same country as many of the
expected demonstrators: Mexico.
Public health officials have not advised canceling large-scale
events unless they're specifically tied to an institution or
location with a confirmed case of the illness. But they're urging
people to stay home if they're sick.
Organizers of the May Day rallies are looking to recommendations
from public health officials about whether to cancel or modify the
Crowds are expected to be around the same as last year. In
Chicago, which has had the nation's largest marches in recent
years, about 15,000 participated in 2008. That was a dramatic drop
from 2006, when more than 400,000 took to the streets.
Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Seattle are among the
other cities hosting rallies today.