b-activists: Arizonians against racist Arizona immigration law
The federal government hasn’t done enough to advance immigration reform, and now Arizona has responded with legal state discrimination. While the battle over the bill rages on, we’d like to say kudos to those in Arizona who are standing up for the rights of immigrants and right on the frontlines.
Jesus Serrano, owner of a Los Angeles-based trucking company, has convinced 70 truckers to boycott Arizona in light of the bill passing. He usually passes through the state to transport Mexican-grown produce to distributors in LA. The boycott could potentially thwart distribution driving up prices, and also the loss of truckers could hurt Arizona’s economy.
Forty Tuscon High School students walked out of class last week in protest of the bill. They walked to the state building to join 100 other teens for a demonstration during school hours.
University students took it a step further, chaining themselves to the Capitol building. Police arrested the nine Arizona State University students last Tuesday, who were sending a message to Gov. Brewer. They said they did it to “block the bigotry that was emanating from the Legislature.”
The Coalición de Derechos Humanos (Human Rights Coalition) has been leading demonstrations at the capitol building and continues to protest and hold candlelight vigils to see the bill overturned. The Coalition is a grassroots organization, which fights to protect human rights in urban communities and at the US-Mexico border.
According to their web site, they are against the militarization of the border, which has led to more deaths of migrant workers attempting to cross.
Lastly, we’d like to recognize the countless people across the world who have decided not to travel to Arizona as long as this bill is in place. We’ll see how long the government can keep it up as its tourism industry starts to slump.
If you’re not in Arizona, but want to take action, send a letter to the Governor HERE.
April 26, 2010 by Stefani
Tags: ABC Homeland Security, Arizona, Arizona Immigration Law, Arizona State University, b-activists, breakthrough, Coalicion de Derechos Humanos, discrimination, homepage, Immigrant Rights, Jesus Serrano, SB 1070, Tuscon High School
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