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?”

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De La Rocha Speaks to Thousands in Phoenix

March 3, 2009 by Guest Blogger · 1 Comment
Filed under: Immigration, Politics 

By Dan Weiss

On Saturday February 28th, I joined thousands in Phoenix, Arizona to march against America’s most hated Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. The four mile long march was the latest step in bringing national attention to Arpaio’s blatant civil and human rights violations.

Men and women of all ages attended the event with shirts, signs, and banners expressing their outrage. Small children showed their pride, holding signs reading “We are Human” and wearing “un-sentenced” t-shirts. Police watched and listened as chant after chant blared, and fist after fist pumped. Read more