The Crescent Report

July 28, 2010

MAS Freedom Joins National Day of Action against SB 1070 Immigration Law in Arizona

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 4:06 pm

Introduction:  Arizona and its SB1070 Immigration Law is nothing but legalistic language for old fashioned racial profiling. As a Muslim and an African American who has a double whammy of worrying about driving while black and flying while Muslim, I urge  all people of conscience to do all that their utmost to put an end to this racist legislation. For me living through segregation and Jim Crow Laws, Arizona’s SB1070 is deja vu all over again.

Imam Mahdi Bray

Quote of the Day: “Arizona, Arizona,  have you no shame?”

MAS Freedom Joins National Day of Action against SB 1070 Immigration Law in Arizona

For the residents of the state of Arizona, Zero Hour will arrive at 12:01 AM on Thursday, July 29th. That is the time when the controversial and highly questionable immigration law, SB 1070, is scheduled to go into effect. But in response to this draconian law, the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition is mobilizing hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country to demonstrate their adamant opposition to the violation of human rights
and human dignity that will inevitably come with the whole sake targeting of persons who are “suspected” of being in violation of immigration laws.

The legality of SB 1070 is being challenged by the U.S. Department of Justice, Latino immigrant rights groups, and a host of civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union.  MAS Freedom is one of the plaintiffs in the ACLU suit. On Wednesday, July 28th, federal judge Susan Bolton dealt a serious blow to the proposed law when she ruled that one particularly controversial part of SB 1070 could not be implemented, and individuals in Arizona may not be questioned about their immigration status while being investigated for other suspected violations of the law.

Throughout the USA, people will march in the hundreds of thousands against SB 1070 to protest any attempt to criminalize immigrants and to resist the targeting and arrest of persons who are suspected by the police of being in the state of Arizona without documentation.

Currently, demonstrations and rallies are scheduled for communities all over the United States, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, California; Homestead, Orlando, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach, Florida; Chicago, Boston, Albuquerque, Syracuse, and Philadelphia.

These protests are also challenging the scapegoating of immigrants in the United States, and the rising tide of racist and political attacks on immigrant communities in the aftermath of the economic downturn in the U.S. economy.

Schedule of demonstration across the Nation

Phoenix Protests
Wednesday, July 28, 5pm
Rally at Arizona State Capitol at 5pm
Corner of Adams & 17th
Sponsored by ANSWER and others

Thursday, July 29
Rally at Wells Fargo at 9am
1st Ave. and Washington
Rally at the 4th Ave. jail at 4pm
4th Ave. and Madison
Sponsored by Alto Arizona and others

Los Angeles, CA
*Wed, July 28, 8am
Carpool to Arizona (please contact us first)
*Fri, July 30, 10am
Federal Building
300 N. Los Angeles, LA
Sponsored by the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition
ANSWER LA: 213-251-1025, answerla@answerla.org

San Francisco, CA
*Thurs, July 29, 5:30pm
24th and Mission Sts.
Sponsored by various organizations
ANSWER SF: 415-821-6545, answer@answersf.org

New Haven, CT
*Wed, July 28, 6pm
141 Church Street
Sponsored by ANSWER CT and Unidad Latina en Acción
ANSWER CT: 203-606-0319, connecticut@answercoalition.org

Homestead, FL (near Miami)
*Sat, July 31, 6pm
Festival at Losner Park
104 N. Krome Ave.
Sponsored by WeCount! Community Worker Center

Orlando, FL
*Sat, July 31, 5pm
Florida Attorney General’s Office
137 W. Central Blvd.
ANSWER FL: 321-437-4785 or info@answerfl.org

Tallahassee, FL
*Sat, July 31, 5:00pm
400 South Monroe Street
Sponsored by FSU CPE (Florida State University Central for Participant Education)

West Palm Beach, FL
*Sat, July 31, 5pm
Florida Attorney General’s Office
1515 N. Flagler Drive
Sponsored by Palm Beach County Coalition for Immigrant Rights
ANSWER FL: 305-710-3189 or info@answerfl.org

Chicago, IL
*Thur, July 29, 4pm
Cook County Jail: 26th & California
Initiated by the Moratorium on Deportations Campaign. Dozens of pro-immigrant groups will be joining the protest. ANSWER Chicago calls on all progressives to take a stand against the attacks on immigrants.
ANSWER Chicago:  773-463-0311, answer@chicagoanswer.net

Boston, MA
*Thur, July 29, 5:30pm
Gather at Park St. T station
March to the Fox News headquarters on Boston Common, near the State House
Sponsored and endorsed by the Boston May Day Coalition, Student Immigrant Movement (SIM), ANSWER Coalition, Latinos for Social Change, Mass Global Action, Socialist Alternative, Socialist Party and many others
ANSWER Boston: 857-334-5084, boston@answercoalition.org

Albuquerque, NM
*Wed, July 28, 7am
Transportation to Phoenix
Car pooling from 202 Harvard Drive SE
ANSWER Albuquerque: 505-268-2488, abq@answercoalition.org

New York City, NY
*Thur, July 29, 9:30am
Gather at Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn
March across the Brooklyn Bridge
Sponsored by Churches United to Save and Heal, Families for Freedom, American Friends Service Committee-NJ, New York New Sanctuary Coalition, Immigrant Defense Project, Wind of the Spirit, The Black Institute, & Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
ANSWER NYC: 212-694-8720, nyc@answercoalition.org

Syracuse, NY
*Thur, July 29, 12noon
Federal Building: S. Clinton and Washington
Initiated by: Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse
Endorsed by: the Syracuse ANSWER Coalition and many others
ANSWER Syracuse: 315-491-6987, syracuse@answercoalition.org

Philadelphia, PA
*Tue, July 27, 6pm
Outside 3rd base entrance of Phillies Stadium, 11th St. and Pattison Ave.
during Phillies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game
*Thur, July 29, 11am-1pm
Welcome Park: 2nd & Sansome, march to ICE building
Organized by the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia
ANSWER Philly: 267-275-8008, philly@answercoalition.org

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