By Griselda Nevarez, November 18, 2012 | Source: Voxxi.com
Cesar Valdes let’s his voice be heard using a megaphone at a protest.
The deferred action
program giving undocumented youth reprieve from deportation and work
permits was recently put to the test in Arizona when a dreamer, who
recently applied for the federal program, was arrested for a minor
Cesar Valdes, a 20-year-old who came to the United States from
Guerrero when he was a toddler, was driving his younger brother to
school Thursday morning when a Phoenix police officer stopped him for
driving with an expired license plate.
explained to the officer that he recently paid to have it renewed and
wasn’t ticketed for the offense. Instead, he was ticketed for failing to
produce a valid driver’s license and identification.
The officer proceeded to arrest Valdes because he wasn’t able to
prove he was in the country legally, as required by Arizona’s new
In response to Governor Brown's veto of the TRUST Act (AB 1081), Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:
vetoing the TRUST Act Governor Brown has failed California's immigrant
communities, imperiling civil rights and leaving us all less safe. The
President's disastrous Secure Communities program is replicating
Arizona's model of immigration enforcement nationally, causing a human
rights crisis. Immigration and Customs Enforcement strong-armed the
Governor to defend its deportation quota instead of defending
Californian's rights. On this sad day, we renew our commitment to fight
to keep our families together despite the Governor and the President's
insistence on seeing them torn apart."
TRUST Act Coalition and the bill's author, Asm. Tom Ammiano, will hold a
press tele-briefing Monday morning, October 1st, at 11:00am pacific, to
officially respond to the Governor's decision. email
email@example.com for details.
Whether Jerry brown was firm or conflicted in his controversial legislative decisions last night was unclear but may be swayed by news he received this morning.
Jan brewer, Arizona's governor notorious for her signing of the state's racial profiling bill, SB1070, issued Brown honorary residence in her state. "Anyone who can manage to deny basic protections to domestic workers, farm workers, and entire immigrant families, all in one night, is bound to need some friends," explained Brewer. "I want him to know, Jerr, you've got a friend in me."
Many Californians awoke reporting a mix of both confusion and disappointment in their governor. Juan Castillo, a Central Valley student questioned, "It was dreamers and the immigrant community who got Brown elected. Did he forget that or just not care?"
An embarrassing but revealing moment may shed some light when Arizona's Brewer amplified on a mic that had yet to be turned off post-official announcement. She was heard saying, "I mean... I got elected by making up beheadings in the desert. I gotta give it to him... To be able to pull off that fearmongering and still be positioned as a friend to the immigrants. I tip my hat to him on this one."
Sheriff Arpaio also caused a stir with a twitter exchange between himself and Los Angeles' Sheriff Lee Baca. "@LeeBaca glad to see civil rites won't be getting in yr way. Keep up the good work." Baca in what he thought was a private message made public when Arpaio retweeted it responded, "Thanks Joe. Aiming to hit 30k this year. YOLO," referring to the level of deportations in Los Angeles under the federal Secure Communities program, the highest in the country.
As of publication Governor Brown was unable to comment on whether or not he would accept Brewer's offer. However, for many in the Golden State, his decision to veto the TRUST Act, domestic worker bill of rights, and the Farmworkers bill already places Brown squarely in Brewer's ranks.
By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press | Source: USNews.com
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona
lawman Joe Arpaio is gearing up for what he expects will be the toughest
of his five re-election campaigns.
He is facing a determined
effort from immigration rights activists to push him out. A ruling may
come any day in a lawsuit that alleges his department violated the civil
rights of Hispanics. A second lawsuit filed by the Justice Department
is making its way through the courts.
And in TV ads, he doesn't mention the signature issue that
helped bring him to national prominence — a sign, people in both parties
say, that illegal immigration is losing its potency.
Conor Oberst has never been one to mince words. In his latest song Conor Oberst takes aim at Racist Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio with his old pals Los Desaparecidos. ”MariKKKopa” is a had hitting punk song where Conor hits Sheriff Joe by name. The song is available August 2nd. You can check it out below.
Conor recently told the Huffington Post, “Joe Arpaio needs no help from me getting attention. For years he has been a beacon of bigotry and intolerance for all the world to see. The list of human and civil-rights abuses he’s committed in Maricopa County is long and well documented. His many “crime suppression sweeps” are some of the most egregious affronts to American values and human dignity perpetrated in this century. What he does need is to be called out at every opportunity as the criminal that he is. There are many ways of doing that. The federal government’s current law suit against him being one of them. I used the best means at my disposal to do it: a punk rock song.”
By Griselda Nevárez / VOXXI News Friday, August 3, 2012.
PHOENIX — Testimony wrapped up Thursday in the civil trial against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office, who stand accused of systematically discriminating against Latinos through racial profiling.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio attorney, Tom Liddy, speaks with the media outside the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 in Phoenix. Testimony ended Thursday at a trial aimed at settling allegations over whether Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office racially profiles Latinos in its immigration patrols. (AP Photo/Matt York)
It is now up to U.S. District Judge Murray Snow to determine whether or not the Sheriff’s officeviolated the civil rights of five Arizona Hispanics who sued “America’s toughest sheriff.” Snow indicated Thursday that he intends to make the ruling on whether or not intentional discrimination against Latinos exists within the agency and if the policies and practices result in unreasonable search and seizure.
Snow’s final ruling will come after Aug. 16, the day attorneys from both sides are scheduled to turn in their last round of written closing arguments.
The plaintiffs – five Arizona residents who claim they were racially profiled by MCSO deputies and the organization Somos America – are not seeking monetary rewards. Instead, they want the judge to issue an injunction ordering Arpaio’s office to adopt a policy that prohibits racial profiling and defines its meaning.
Judge Snow said Thursday that if he decides to issue an injunction, he will hear from the plaintiffs and the defendants before making a decision.
For Immediate Release Contacts: Carlos Garcia, Puente Arizona Caroline Picker, Puente Arizona
Phoenix To March Against Family Separation and SB1070 We Unite to Demand the End of S-COMM in AZ, say Migrant Families and Allies
Who: Puente Human Rights Movement What: March for Dignity Where: Leaving Indian Steel Park, Indian School and 3rd St., Phoenix When: Saturday, July 28th at 9 am
On Saturday July 28th, Puente Arizona and concerned community members will march to demand dignity and an end to family separation. In light of the recent Supreme Court decision that upheld the racial profiling provision of SB1070, migrant communities and their allies are demanding that President Obama stop the deportation of SB1070’s victims by ending Arizona’s access to federal deportation program Secure Communities.
Carlos Garcia of the Puente Human Rights Movement says, “Every day, our families are torn apart because ICE collaborates with SB1070 and Arpaio and we are not going to stand for it any longer. President Obama has the power to stop the human rights crisis in Arizona in its tracks. We march on July 28th to show him that our communities are stronger than hate.”
Posted: 07/06/2012 9:31 am | By Charles Garcia, CEO, Garcia Trujillo | Source: HuffingtonPost.com
Last month's Supreme Court decision in the landmark Arizona immigration case was groundbreaking for what it omitted: the words "illegal immigrants" and "illegal aliens," except when quoting other sources. The court's nonjudgmental language established a humanistic approach to our current restructuring of immigration policy.
When you label someone an "illegal alien" or "illegal immigrant" or just plain "illegal," you are effectively saying the individual, as opposed to the actions the person has taken, is unlawful. The terms imply the very existence of an unauthorized migrant in America is criminal.
In this country, there is still a presumption of innocence that requires a jury to convict someone of a crime. If you don't pay your taxes, are you an illegal? What if you get a speeding ticket? A murder conviction? No. You're still not an illegal. Even alleged terrorists and child molesters aren't labeled illegals.
By becoming judge, jury and executioner, you dehumanize the individual and generate animosity toward them. New York Times editorial writer Lawrence Downes says "illegal" is often "a code word for racial and ethnic hatred."
The Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s immigration law shredded the law’s radical premise — that a state can write its own foreign policy, impose its own criminal punishments on the undocumented, set its own enforcement priorities and oblige the federal government to go along. That should be the final warning to Arizona and copycat states like Alabama: stop concocting criminal dragnets for civil violators. It’s not your job and you can’t do it.
But the ruling has not ended the struggle for civil rights in immigrant communities, or the fear on the ground, especially among Latinos. Far from it. It poses serious challenges to the Obama administration, responsible law-enforcement officials and immigrant advocates to keep up efforts to limit the damage when legislatures and police officers — not just in Arizona — run amok.