TAKE ACTION TO SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST SB1070 IN ARIZONA, CALL FOR JUST IMMIGRATION REFORM
Posted on Fri, 04/30/2010 - 3:17pm
|TODOS SOMOS ARIZONA!
As we all get ready to shout out our anger, our hope, and our hunger for justice May 1st, we wanted to share a few key updates to align our support for the fight against SB1070 in Arizona.
First off, it's important to spread the word that even though the law does not officially go into effect until July 24, it's already having terrible consequences. Just yesterday, police demanded that a group of people waiting for the bus show their papers. The fear of this targeting is paralyzing immigrant communities. Organizers on the ground have told us that parents are keeping their kids out of school and women in need of medical attention are staying away from the hospital.
Meanwhile organizing continues furiously on the ground and there is a rising tide of opposition to SB1070 across the country. The first legal challenges have been filed, including one from a Latino police officer who cited that the law would require him to racially profile. The move to boycott business with the state of Arizona is taking on a life of its own, with some of our very own organizers and advocates including Causa Justa/Just Cause getting a San Francisco resolution passed with a possible Oakland resolution on the way, a New York Congressman moving to take the 2011 All-Star game away from Arizona, and LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa supporting the boycott of Arizona. Mexican President Felipe Calderon and even the Governor of Texas have come out against the law.
All of this makes it even more important that we support Arizona immigrant and indigenous communities fighting on the ground to take advantage of this outcry, and to make sure their demands are heard and their voices centered in this fight.
This is a call to action for all of us to not only lend our support, but to make sure we turn this into an opportunity to demand a new starting point for just and humane immigration reform, and to make it clear that the Shumer-Graham bill is not the answer.
Here are the immediate actions to take in the next week:
1. Get 30 of your members to sign onto NDLON's letter to president Obama demanding that he issue an Executive Order to stop racial profiling and SB1070 in Arizona. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us how many of your members have signed.
2. Echo and build support for these demands at your May 1st rallies:
3. Consider whether your organization can send an organizer and/or communications person to support Tonatierra and NDLON organizers in Arizona. They have specifically called for a full-time communications coordinator and 2 organizers to come and work on the ground, as well as researchers and someone with new media and web skills to support either onsite or nationally. If you can send someone who fits any of these needs, please contact email@example.com or call Cindy at 305.735.3256. In response to this call, Cindy will be going to Arizona for one week to support the organizing work.