Governor Jan Brewer told the attendees at the Arizona Town Hall yesterday, that all the outrage over SB-1070 would just fade away and Arizona's economy has a glowing future!!!! Outside, a last minute protest drew about 100 people. I received email notification and headed over. Pictures below.
Many of the protesters were high school students, some showing support for the Dream Act, giving undocumented children the chance to become US citizens. I've seen many people question the need for these near daily protests since this law will be addressed in the courts, but these protests are vital for a number of reasons: we must change minds, educate our neighbors about the consequences of this law, and let our neighbors know just who these "illegal immigrants" are, real people, and that the Hispanic-American community will not be intimidated into fleeing the state and to GET ORGANIZED!
UPDATE: Hey, look at me on the Rec list, I'm all red in the face. Thanks!
First some inspiration from a young student fighting for his rights:
We lined Alvernon near Reid Park, lots of cars drove by, many honks of support ( a few middle fingers. yes, flipping off high school students, classy)
A message from the American Friends Service Committee:
Remember, this law is an attack on these "dangerous criminals"
Little old lady fighting for what's right:
This bill does NOT make us safer:
"The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation ‒ pioneered by Sen. Orin Hatch [R-UT] and Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL] ‒ that can solve this hemorrhaging injustice in our society. Under the rigorous provisions of the DREAM Act, qualifying undocumented youth would be eligible for a 6 year long conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service."
To read the heartbreaking stories of some people who grew up in the US, who were arrested and deported last year, please read this article at the Tucson weekly: