This past Saturday, thousands of people took to the streets of Phoenix, Arizona to march against the outrageous tactics of infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Though a final count isn’t available, initial estimates say there were as many as 8,000 people present. Lead by the Natioanl Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON) the march turned out a larger crowd that anticipated, proving that people are outraged by the continued scapegoating and abuse of immigrants in this country. Organizations like Arizona Advocacy Network, ACORN: Arizona, Tonatierra, SOMOS America and a handful of local churches and faith leaders showed up with supporters, adding to the great turnout.
Zach de la Rocha, former lead singer of Rage Against the Machine was there to support the protestors. In a speech given Friday night, De la Rocha said:
To witness what is happening in Arizona and remain neutral is to be implicated in human rights violations that are occurring right here on U.S. soil against migrants. History will not be kind to Joe Arpaio. He will be remembered with other infamous sheriffs like Bull Connor who subjugated and terrorized communities for shortsighted political gain. I hope everyone will join me in protesting Sheriff Joe.
Protestors carried signs that read “I AM HUMAN”, “REFORM NOT RAIDS” and “Joe Arpaio: TERRORIST”. The crowd Maricopa Coounty Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, Arizona Puente’s Salvador Reza, Derechos Humanos’ Isabel Garcia, Somos America’s Hector Yturralde, Respect/Respeto’s Lydia Guzman, and of course, De la Rocha.
Thousands of folks, from across the country gathered in Phoenix to demand justice, not only for immigrants, but for communities across the country who continue to suffer at the hands of our broken immigration system. Communities like Postville, Iowa; Bellingham, WA; New Bedford, MA – just to name a few. We are making sure that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is getting the attention he so desperately craves and we will continue to demand justice for immigrants in this country. The march in Phoenix is a great sign, but we’re only getting started.
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