AFSC Holds Marches, Vigils, Forums from Coast to Coast to Support Immigrants
PHILADELPHIA (July 28, 2010) – The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker peace and social justice organization, applauds U.S. Judge Susan Bolton’s decision today to temporarily block the most dangerous components of SB 1070, Arizona’s racial profiling law. AFSC continues to believe that SB 1070 is immoral and unconstitutional. Judge Bolton’s injunction on SB 1070 is a clear indication that the infamous law is misguided. AFSC is holding vigils, marches and more from coast to coast in solidarity with Arizona’s immigrant communities and sending teams of human rights observers there as well.
Eleven events at nine locations, including Colorado, will demonstrate AFSCs support for those targeted by Arizona’s SB1070 and calling for an end to such misguided policies.
The actions are based on AFSC’s years of work with families who are forced to migrate due to unfair trade policies; with workers exposed to exploitation, and with those arrested, detained and deported without access to counsel or a fair trial.
In Colorado AFSC is:
- Organizing a week long fast with people of faith across Colorado and the country.
- Having an overnight solidarity action at the GEO detention center in Aurora, 6 PM Aug. 1 to 6 PM, Aug. 2.
- Breaking the fast with an interfaith vigil at the detention center at 6 PM on Monday, Aug. 2 (30th and Peoria in Aurora).
Across the country AFSC events include:
- “Stand with Arizona” march in New York from Brooklyn to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge. The march starts at 9:30 a.m. at Cadman Plaza E, Brooklyn.
- An open letter to Boston Red Sox players to support a boycott of the 2011 All Star Game planned for Phoenix, and daylong mass announcements in Spanish language media urging Major League Baseball to move the game organized by AFSC’s Cambridge staff.
- “Stand in Solidarity with the Immigrant Community in Arizona” candlelight vigil starting at 8 p.m. in Farmersville, CA at Veterans Park on Farmersville Boulevard.
- “Arizona Doesn’t Speak for Me!!” rally and evening of live theater performance starting at 5 p.m.in Charlotte NC’s Historic Marshall Park.
- “Protest Racism from AZ to RI” demonstration and bus tour of campaign offices of gubernatorial candidates starting at 4:30 p.m. in Providence RI at Dexter Park.
- “Should We Boycott Arizona? Next Steps” public forum from 6 to 7 p.m. in Lyman Hall in First Churches of Northampton MA organized by AFSC’s Western MA staff.
- “Solidarity with Arizona” rally in downtown Portland, OR from 5 to 7 p.m.
“While the injunction is not a defeat of the law, it is a step in the right direction. It is critical that we push back on the scapegoat politics surrounding the immigration debate, as we must signal that racial profiling is not acceptable in our society,” said Jordan Garcia, immigrant ally organizing director at AFSC’s Colorado office. “Our country cannot afford to go back to the time when discrimination on the basis of race becomes again the law of the land.”