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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Immigration activists set war on SB 1070 July 28th, 2010

We need you in Phoenix on July 28th and 29th, 2010.  Arizona is in a state of siege. 

The battle ground is set for July 29th, 2010 when an abusive law, S.B. 1070, goes into effect.  Members of law enforcement known for illegal police tactics brag July 29th will be their day for massive raids on the defenseless immigrant community.

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Meanwhile, Governor Jan Brewer and her wayward cast of Republican law-makers refuse to call a halt to the expected barrio raids and discrimination.  By now they know S.B. 1070 was a mistake, resulting in massive boycotts, racial profiling and an excuse for strong-arm police tactics which could even be violent, against those who are powerless.

Every person who stands for liberty and justice, in conscience, has a duty to be front and center.  We will wage war in a peaceful way, through demonstrations, through peaceful resistance, by bringing the message the vile words, “papers please” used by a madman in Europe, must not be spoken in the homeland. 

Salvador Reza from the Puente Movement says it very well:

“We are living in historic times where we do not have the luxury to be spectators while a hurricane of hate destroys our families, our dreams, our businesses and our work.”

Protest in front of Aurora Immigration Detention Facility

While details are sketchy, organizers are asking you to think about what targets would be best for you.  Some places will be “hotter” than others.  Likely, confrontations with “Little Joe” Sheriff Arpaio and his army of 900 soldiers, for example, have the potential to be dicey.  You may even want to schedule your own protest and list it on the  Alto Arizona website.

Above all, our message must be one of peace, of passive refusal to obey lawful orders to the extent of shutting down an unconstitutional system of government.  We must pass a message to other states contemplating unjust laws, “The price for your discrimination will be higher than your satisfaction gained!” 

We will stand up and be counted, we will suffer blows against our bodies without striking back if necessary, but we must remain calm in our message spoken by John Lennon many years ago, “All we are saying, is give us (the immigrant community) a chance.  All we are saying, is give peace a chance!”

Game on!

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