Stories from the Anti-Arpaio March

January 18, 2010 by Stephen Piggott · Comment
Filed under: Immigration, Politics 

div xmlns:cc= about= rel=cc:attributionURL href=The day began early, at 7:30am when we packed into my rental car and ventured to Falcon Park in West Phoenix. We arrived a little after 8:00am, two hours before the festivities were due to begin. As 10:00am approached, more and more people started gathering in the park, bringing with them homemade signs or grabbing one of the thousands made by Puente Arizona, the group of dedicated people who made the march possible. The first 100 people who signed in received a t-shirt as well as a sign. The entertainment started just after 10:00am with music blasting out from the stage as well as a traditional tribal Mexican dance which lasted well over 30 minutes.

Many thousands of people were in the park now with people still streaming in. People dressed in Sheriff Joe effigies were popular amongst the marchers who stopped to take pictures with them. All of the march leaders took to the stage as well as Linda Ronstadt who urged everyone to remain peaceful as the march began. The traditional dancers, many of them barefoot led the way while Zach De La Rocha, leader singer of Rage Against the Machine, and others followed behind holding a large banner. I walked between the banner and the dancers, about 4 rows from the front of the march. Read more

Ten Thousand March Against Arpaio

January 17, 2010 by Imagine 2050 Editors · Comment
Filed under: Immigration, Politics 

azmarch1Yesterday’s march in Phoenix, Arizona drew 10,000 supporters locally and nationally. According to the Press Association:

Ten thousand immigrant rights advocates have marched in front of a county jail in Phoenix against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s anti-immigration policies.

A small group of demonstrators clashed with police officers in riot gear. Organisers said the protest was intended to show officials in Washington that Sheriff Arpaio has failed to handle immigration enforcement and that Congress and the Obama administration need to come up with a way for immigrant workers to come to America legally.

The marchers walked from a west Phoenix park to the Durango Jail Complex, a collection of five jails, where officials played music, including a record by singer Linda Ronstadt, to drown out noise made by protesters. Ronstadt took part in Saturday’s protest. Protesters chanted “Joe must go” as they approached the jail complex. One person carried a sign that said “We are human” and bore a picture of a lawman with a wolf’s face. A family of five wore T-shirts saying “Who would Jesus deport?”

Read more to see photos from yesterday’s march… Read more