Monday, July 19, 2010
From the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:
Organize for the July 29 National Day of Action Against SB1070, for Justice & Human Rights!
Support community resistance to Arizona's anti-immigrant racial profiling law
NNIRR calls on members, friends and allies to join in a national day of actions against SB1070, the Arizona anti-immigrant racial profiling law this July 29. SB1070 can be stopped by demanding and organizing for justice and human rights for all!
NNIRR is urging the Obama Administration to use all resources at its disposal to stop SB1070 -- and to end ALL immigration-police collaboration.
SB1070 is set to go into effect on July 29, giving Arizona police the power to stop and arrest anyone they suspect of being undocumented. The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against SB1070 to declare it unconstitutional; the DOJ is arguing that the state law usurps federal powers to regulate immigration.
Arizona community groups and their partners are leading dynamic efforts to oppose SB1070 and are organizing diverse actions and campaigns like "Move the Game" to expose and build pressure to stop the hateful law.
Take Action to Stop SB1070
· Express solidarity with immigrant and border communities: Organize vigils, protests and other activities to demand an end to SB1070 in Arizona and to raise awareness of the local impacts of immigration-police collaboration in your community.
· Tell Obama and Congress to roll-back all immigration-police collaboration programs: Hold community meetings and other actions to learn about and organize against the 287(g) and "Secure Communities" programs and their connection to Arizona's hate law SB1070.
· Make calls or send faxes to President Obama (202) 456-1414 and your Congressional delegation at (202) 224-3121: ask them to suspend all immigration-police collaboration and investigate the immigration law enforcement abuses being committed against people of color, immigrants and working people at the border and interior.
· Raise your voices for justice & human rights: Report abuses to NNIRR's human rights documentation initiative, HURRICANE: the Human Rights Immigrant Community Action Network. Click here to report an abuse and share your story of organizing for justice and human rights.
Suspend immigration-police collaboration & enforcement operations
The crisis in Arizona is the result of federal immigration control and border security policies that deliberately funnel migrants through Arizona. Thousands of migrants have died and disappeared and countless more have suffered at the U.S.-Mexico border since the U.S. implemented this border security strategy in 1994.
NNIRR is joining with diverse local and national groups to organize resistance against all forms of immigration policing and racist laws, including SB1070 and its federal counterparts, the 287(g) and "Secure Communities" initiatives that allow local police to act as immigration enforcers and detectors of status. SB 1070 is based on these programs.
SB1070 and federal programs of immigration-police collaboration violate our basic rights to freedom of movement, freedom of association, protection from all forms of discrimination and the right to healthy community and public safety. With collaboration, the police and others use a person's perceived or actual immigration status to trump our constitutional rights. Now the U.S. is deporting record numbers of people with total disregard for their due process rights.
As copy cat laws emerge in other states, the Obama Administration must act swiftly to investigate immigration abuses, including hearings with our communities to directly learn of the impacts. We need government accountability for the human rights crisis resulting from a flawed and abusive immigration enforcement policy.
Dream, rise, organize -- for justice and human rights!