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National Protest in Phoenix Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Saturday, February 28, 2009
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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A national organizing conference in Phoenix to be held on February 27, as well as a Peaceful Dignity Walk and Demonstration to be held on February 28 in Phoenix, Arizona.


Teach-ins, Conference and Peaceful Dignity Walk and Demonstration Planned

PHOENIX, AZ - Organizations from around the country are joining together to call for an end to the immigration raids of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and specifically to revoke his controversial contract with the Department of Homeland Security.

On Friday February 6th, more than 70 immigrant, labor, and civil rights organizations from throughout the country convened an emergency conference call to reflect upon the Sheriff's most recent media spectacle, the forced march of immigrants to a segregated area in his notorious "Tent City" in the desert. Organizations universally condemned the action and pledged to assist the people of Maricopa County to overcome Sheriff Arpaio's reign of terror.

They plan a series of Teach-Ins throughout the country to increase awareness, raise funds, and energize those who wish to restore decency to the immigration reform debate. Further, groups agreed to support a national organizing conference in Phoenix to be held on February 27, as well as a Peaceful Dignity Walk and Demonstration to be held on February 28 in Phoenix, Arizona. They will carry a simple message: Stop the raids and revoke all 287(g) agreements that allow local law enforcement departments to arrest people suspected of being in the country without proper documentation.

The broad coalition of immigrant and human rights advocacy organizations known as Somos America/We Are America Coalition of Arizona joined the National Groups. "We're closing Guantanamo Bay in Cuba," said Héctor Yturralde, coalition president. "Now we must stop human rights abuses here on American soil. President Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano have the power and the moral obligation to do that now by halting immigration raids and revoking all 287(g) agreements."

Lydia Guzman, Vice President of Somos America added, "Jailing landscapers, maids and dishwashers does not make us safer. But it does tear apart families. The small children who suddenly find themselves without parents cannot wait for Congress to pass comprehensive reform. The communities being terrorized by people like Sheriff Arpaio cannot wait." The group is also joining with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon in asking Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the conduct of Sheriff Arpaio.

"People of conscience all over the country are outraged at what's happening in Arizona, and they will be working nationwide to pressure the Obama administration to act quickly," concluded Pablo Alvarado, National Coordinator for the National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON.)

Somos America/We Are America Coalition Officers and Members

Héctor Yturralde President

Lydia Guzman Vice President

Member Organizations: AZ ACORN, AZ Advocacy Network, AZ AFL-CIO, AZ Alliance for Peaceful Justice, AZ Asian American Association, ACLU-AZ, AZ Hispanic Community Forum, Beat the Odds, Centro Macehualli, Coalition for Latino Political Action, Equality AZ, Human Rights Campaign, Humane Borders, Interfaith Worker Justice, La Union del Pueblo Entero Laborers Int'l Union of America,, Los Abogados, LULAC, Maricopa Citizens for Safety & Accountability, Maya Chapín, MEChA ASU, MEChA ASU West, MEChA Phoenix College, Mesa Assn. of Hispanic Citizens, No Mas Muertes/No More Deaths, PUEBLO, PUENTE, Radio Campesina, Roofers Union, SEIU/Mi Familia Vota AZ 5, ASU Social Justice Coalition, Statewide AACHE, Tequida & Gutierrez, Tonatierra, UNITE/HERE!, United Food & Commercial Workers 99, Volviendo a Vivir
Added to the calendar on Wed, Feb 18, 2009 8:46AM
§Zack de la Rocha Endorses Protest Against Arpaio
by calm like a bomb
Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine Calls on Fans to Turn the Tide Against Hate, Join him on March in Phoenix, Arizona.

Famous Lead Singer to Join Thousands to Denounce Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Out of Control Intimidation and Humiliation

Who: National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Puente Arizona, and Zack de la Rocha

What: March to Stop the Systematic Persecution of Migrants and Latinos in AZ.

Where: March Start Location for Feb 28th: 300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012

When: March to Stop the Hate in Phoenix to be held 9:00 am on February 28.

"Recently the nation witnessed the ritual humiliation of migrants in a spectacle evocative of some of the most horrific episodes of human history," explains Pablo Alvarado, Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. "People across the country are outraged at the shameful violations of human rights perpetrated by the Maricopa County Sheriffs and they are being moved to action."

In the last month Sheriff Joe Arpaio intensified his on-going escalation of attacks against Latinos by segregating the county jail and parading undocumented migrants shackled in a chain-gang into "tent city." He erected and surrounded the tent with an electric fence in a grotesque display of human degradation.

Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine responded to the news by saying, "To witness what is happening in Arizona and remain neutral is to be implicated in human rights violations that are occurring right here on US soil against migrants. History will not be kind to Joe Arpaio. He will be remembered with other infamous sheriffs like Bull Connor who subjugated and terrorized communities for shortsighted political gain. I hope everyone will join me in protesting Sheriff Joe."
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Comments (Hide Comments)
by Malatesta
That pig has a lot a nerve; he better watch it.
by El Supremo
Please show your multinational pride and celebrate your diversity by bringing the flag of your home country to carry and wave during the march. The large the flag, the better, since it will be seen on the TV news.
by enola d!
What do you want to do in SF? Or Oakland?
by ken Jacobsen
It says it's in Phoenix, but where?? I've looked everywhere and can't find the info!

Anybody know??
by ken jacobsen
Personally, I think it would be best to bring an American flag, whatever your home country. The American flag doesn't just belong to the Arpaios of the world, it belongs to everyone, wherever youre from.
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