Sunday, January 10, 2010

Arpaio's America IS NOT Our America

Organizations and activists plan to march on Phoenix, AZ on January 16 to definitively announce: Arpaio's America is not our America!

Puente Movement organizers say this marks "a new phase" in the struggle for justice and dignity in Maricopa County, Arizona and in other communities suffering severe civil rights abuses due to the failure of United States immigration policy.

From the group, Puente:
"The nation has watched with disbelief as Sheriff Joe Arpaio has carried out a systematic reign of terror disguised in the name of immigration enforcement, but directed against all communities of color in his jurisdiction. 
In the process, he has become a symbol of abuse, bigotry, and intolerance. The Obama Administration's recent endorsement of Sheriff Arpaio - through the renewal of his 287(g) authority and its expansion of local immigration enforcement initiatives proven to cause racial profiling - is an affront to this nation's struggles for equality and justice.

Not since the days of Bull Connor has this country seen a public official abuse his authority in order to terrorize and intimidate communities based on the color of their skin. The hatred and extremism that Sheriff Arpaio breeds is felt from Phoenix to Washington DC. It is an extremism that, left unchallenged, threatens to disrupt communities, destroy lives, and undermine bedrock constitutional protections for us all.

The group lists six specific demands:

· A termination of Sheriff Arpaio's 287(g) contract, which grants him federal immigration law enforcement authority.

· An end to the controversial 287(g) program, the so called " Secure Communities" initiative, and others like them that spread racial profiling and civil rights abuses across the nation.

· An end to criminalization of migrants and communities of color in the name of immigration enforcement.

· An end to family separation.

· The passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation that provides legal status and political equality to undocumented immigrants.

· A restoration of constitutional rights to all people.

Dolores Huerta and other civil rights and labor leaders will attend the event, as well as artists like Zac de La Rocha and Linda Rondstat. Organizers invite members of the public who are unable to attend the march to endorse the event: Click here to endorse the march

Currently, in other parts of the nation, immigrants and their supporters are conducting an indefinite fast that centers in Florida and has participants across the country. College students are marching over one thousand miles to Washington DC. in a walk designed to draw attention to the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Clergy and community activists have been arrested in acts of civil disobedience in New York to free Jean Montrevil, an immigrant rights leader. These actions share a common goal: immigrant rights groups are moving hard and fast to pressure Napolitano and DHS to respect the rights of immigrants and people of color, and stop destroying communities and separating families with immigration raids, detention and deportations.


Big Mark 243 said...

Don't know how often I will comment... will read and if I can add to the conversation, do that.

One of the issues that other miniority or marginalized segments fail to do is find the common ground and base their demonstration there. Racial profiling isn't new, but the two largest minority groups in America aren't providing a united front in the effort to prevent such tactics.

Jus' sayin'...

Zach said...

The denial syndrome is alive and well. Racism is abundant.

One Fly said...

Done deal Billie. I was just down in the area and got some of my own Love America Style and will link to your post at my place. This guy has got to go. The video is so good!

Mark Prime said...

An incredible post with urgency! Sherrif Joe Must Go!

Surely Maricopa County can find someone more suited to the free population...?

Jay said...

Very nice blog you have here. I like reading political blogs for some reason. Anyway, I have a site myself where people from around the world come and debate on popular issues. I feel as if this will give citizens some form of power, letting their voices be heard.

I'd like to exchange links with you to help spread some traffic around between each other. If you'd like to, please leave a comment under our "Compadres" page when you've added our link and we'll return the favor.

Until then, keep up the good work.


TomCat said...

If I hadn't moved from Phoenix to Oregon, I'd be there. Arpaio's values subborn human rights.

Robert Rouse said...

Billie, just as you concentrate on border issues, I have decided to change the focus of my blog to environmental causes. The way I see it, even if we cure all of our ills and end all the wars, what good will it do us if the planet dies around us?