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.”
Federal authorities sued America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff Thursday, a rare step after months of negotiations failed to yield an agreement to settle allegations that his department racially profiled Latinos in his immigration patrols.
This video shows excerpts from the Senate Judicial Hearing on April 24, 2012, It also shows testimony from Phoenix as hundreds rallied and marched on April 25, eventually blocking ICE and the streets the same day the Supreme court heard 1070. 9 protesters were arrested. For more info on the music visit:http://artisticreasonaz.bandcamp.com/track/its-bigger-than-hip-hop
Attorney Bruce Boynton Joins the Fight Against Racial Profiling in Maricopa County
Attorney Bruce Boynton
Phoenix, AZ – The battle for Civil Rights in the deep south in the 60’s and the fight in Maricopa County against racial profiling and discriminatory policing will link up this week here in Phoenix when Attorney Bruce Boynton arrives to take part in a series of community events organized by TONATIERRA and Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio.
Atty. Bruce Boynton is considered the 1st Freedom Rider when he was arrested in 1958 for refusing to leave a "white only" lunch counter while traveling home on a break from law school. His case Boynton v. the Common Wealth of Virginia (1960) desegregated all interstate transportation facilities, including bus terminals. This case was the bases of the Freedom Rides of 1961 organized to test the enforcement of the Supreme Court Decision.
Should anyone be surprised that Governor Jan Brewer will be one of the keynote speakers at the American Legislative Exchange Council's big wingding in Scottsdale this week at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa?
The Republican-lobbyist lovefest will also feature former Reagan-era Attorney General Ed Meese (yep, he's still alive) as a speaker, and you can pretty much anticipate that nearly every GOP legislator in Sand Land will be around for at least part of the three-day event.
It was a familiar sight in front of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's downtown office yesterday afternoon. Another assembly of a dozen protesters or so had gathered and members of the media were waiting in tow.
Word eventually reached Joe that some multilingual, slightly-famous international recording artist was on his way to play some music or something. "Is he gonna sing my favorite song 'My Way,'" Arpaio asks.
Not quite Joe. This "singer-guy" happens to be Manu Chao and um, he's kind of a big deal.
Check out Tucson grassroots community organization, Derechos Humanos, team up with Pan Left Productions for a video about their Cop Watch work to hold the Poli-Migra accountable and to inform the migrant community of their rights....
“The Robot Artists” is a short documentary by African Cartel showcasing a group of undocumented Zimbabwean artists who’s marketplace and livelihood is a traffic light (aka "Robots") intersection in Cape Town, South Africa. This short gives a glimpse into the lives of talented migrant workers who are targets of discrimination and harassment from law enforcement forced to flee the economic and political hardships in their homeland in search of a better way of life. The struggle of migrants is similar through out the world and xenophobia and racism create targets of the most vulnerable in society, and these artists take the courage to make a livelyhood in crowded street corners, exposing themselves as targets of public scrutiny and law enforcment, similar to the situation of day laborers and other immigrant workers across the United States.
Support the cause, get to know more about these artists, and see their art the wesbite: http://africancartel.com. Follow them on twitter @africancartel.
John Ames | Posted in AZStar.Net | Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 10:59 pm
People who wanted to be heard after the call to audience at the TUSD Governing Board meeting were removed by police. A crowd of over 300 people attended or listened outside the meeting and about 100 police officers were on hand to keep the peace. Guadalupe Castillo, one of those police removed from the meeting, gives her account.
Video highlights the wide-spread effort to target immigrants through SB1070 copy-cat bills, 287(g) & S-Comm programs. Video also highlights organizing efforts across the nation to push back against nativist movement and hateful legislation. Please share and/or embed in your social network channels.
TEMPE - Protesters and tough questions greeted Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the ASU campus Thursday. The sheriff has made headlines this week for a handful of controversies -- including misspent money and a probe into department higher-ups who may have engaged in criminal behavior.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio went to speak before the College Republicans club, but on the way in, he was approached by demonstrators.
Right now, Arpaio is facing scrutiny on two fronts. One, the investigation into misconduct by three top deputies. The report by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office is complete, but it hasn't be released.
PHOENIX - It was a stunning defeat at Arizona's state capitol Thursday when on a third reading all five immigration-related bills failed in the Senate.
ABC15 caught up with Senator Ron Gould minutes after the final bill was defeated.
He said he was disappointed.
On Twitter he provided the names of all the Republicans who voted against the bills and told his followers to “contact them."
Following the session he said that too many Republicans talk tough on the campaign trail but don’t deliver when it comes to votes.
Just two days prior 60 business executives and members of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce urged lawmakers to reject the bills.
They said while illegal immigration is a problem, it is an issue best left to the federal government.
They asked the legislature to “redirect its energy” toward job growth and the economy and away from controversial legislation that will continue to hamper Arizona’s image and probably lead to costly court battles.
Senator Gould was asked if that letter perhaps played a role to which he replied, “Well there’s some people who are bought and paid for by the Chamber of Commerce.”
When asked if he will try to introduce similar legislation next session he said, “Maybe we will put everybody through the same misery one more time.”
Watch video of Indigenous protesting the militarization of Indigenous lands at the border. Begins with an interview with Klee Benally, Navajo, as Border Patrol lockdown protesters went to court in Tucson. Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, speaks on the abuses at the border on O'odham land.
There are at least a dozen anti-immigrant bills that will be passed in Arizona this year, including one (SB1225) by Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the “tough on immigration” hysteria spreads through our state legislature.
This week high school students in Phoenix said YA BASTA and walked out and marched to the state capitol.
These bills affect them by cutting funding for colleges by 20% next year, and not allowing some of them who are undocumented to attend. Steve Gallardo, the state senator who walked and talked with the students, is also the author of a bill known as the Arizona DREAM Act.
Next week Spring Break at the Capitol begins as Arizonans from around the state converge to let their voices be heard at the center of our democracy.
Nearly 500 Nebraskans came to the state Capitol on Thursday, 01/27/2011, to say that Nebraska values do not support an Arizona-style law in this state. Participants and speakers from around the state, representing the League of Nebraska Municipalities, the Methodist Bishop, Catholics, Lutherans, Presbyterians, United Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, other faith groups, veterans, the NAACP-Lincoln, the Anti-Defamation League, students, the Winnebago Tribe, and many others described the problems and high costs an Arizona-style law would create for Nebraska’s budget and communities.