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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Latino workers lynched – Alto Arizona, Stop the hate!

One of the most hateful laws in history has been passed by Republican Jan Brewer and her cohorts when the Governor signed Arizona SB 1070.  On July 29th, 2010, the law goes into effect and the soldiers march.

rifa signs

This SB 1070 does two things.  First, it promotes racial profiling.  The law REQUIRES law enforcement to detain anyone they suspect of being in the state without documents.  Since most undocumented workers are Hispanic, the law will lead to profiling of those who look Hispanic.

An often over-looked aspect of the law is it’s anti-immigration implications.  Millions of people are working for immigration reform through an organization called Reform Immigration For America (RIFA).  Arizona SB 1070 is a slap in the face to every person, regardless of race or creed, who believes in human dignity.  There are simple solutions in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) bill proposed by Senator Luis Gutierrez.  There was no need to kick sand in the face of poor people by passing SB 1070.

marching for freedom

Now to the lynching.  On July 29th, 2010, the day SB 1070 goes into effect, a lot of people are coming to Phoenix to mourn and to speak.  When I was in Phoenix the tension in the air was thick!  If “Little Joe” sheriff Arpaio and his goon squad of 900 soldiers raids poor communities, as he promised to do, a lot of people are going to feel like Justice got lynched.  Won't you?

“We are a peaceful angry people.”  We use pacifist actions to bring attention to our cause, to force local governments to listen to our cries, and to bring about social change. 

We are not the violent ones.  In fact, violence will set our cause back.  Those who have passed hate filled laws are strangling the human rights out of defenseless people.  The violence is to our dignity, especially of undocumented workers and those who look undocumented.

An injustice against one person is an injustice against all people.  The implementation of SB 1070, this lynching of dignity, is a disgrace for every right minded American!

We need mainstream America, those who believe when they put their hands on their hearts and recite the pledge of allegiance, when they sing the star spangled banner, they believe this is the land of the free and home brave! 

Now we need the brave.  Will you come to Arizona to protest the lynching of freedom?


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