I want to keep drawing people’s attention to what is happening in Arizona and the efforts against it.
Pressure has been mounting against the racist, anti-immigrant SB1070, which essentially expands statewide the anti-Latino harassment and criminalization that Sheriff Joe Arpaio made famous in Maricopa County.
Coming out in a sad attempt to keep himself politically relevant, John McCain came out in favor of SB1070 because it protects everyone from those criminally minded immigrants.
There are strong efforts against the measure happening both locally and nationwide. azcentral.com is reporting:
As of Monday, the Governor’s Office had received 1,356 calls, e-mails and faxes in favor of SB 1070 and 11,931 against the bill.
And yesterday, a group of college students participated in an act of civil disobedience, sacrificing their own freedom in order to make a statement in defense of the freedom of their community.
SB1070 (ull text PDF here) is bad enough, but the Arizona House of Representatives also voted to pass what’s being called a “birther” bill which requires that presidential candidates prove, with papers of course, that they are a “natural born citizen”. Hmm I wonder who that is aimed at?
At the moment, most people expect Gov. Jan Brewer to sign the bill into law or sit on her hands and do nothing which would make SB1070 law by default.