4.25.2010

Davey D Reporting: Zack de la Roca Speaks to Arizona’s Harsh Immigration Law-Congressman Gets Death Threats

(Blogger's Note: In light of the state of Arizona recently passing SB 1070, I wanted to repost these excerpts of information from fellow social justice journalist Davey D. The SB 1070 is a bill allowing police to demand documents from anyone who "looks" like an illegal immigrant. This is important. Pass this around on Twitter and Facebook)

by Davey D

In the wake of Arizona passing what amounts to an Apartheid style anti-immigrant bill Zack de La Roca from Rage Against the Machine speaks out. He lets folks know just how bad this bill is and what we should be doing.

For Zack this is not his first time speaking to the immigration battles in Arizona. It was just a few months ago (january 16th) that Zack was present at a March which was broken up by police.




Rep. Raul Grijalva closes Tucson office after death threats
The Arizona Democrat had called for a boycott of the state over its harsh new immigration law
[Reposted from Salon.com]

WASHINGTON — Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., closed down his Tucson and Yuma district offices Friday afternoon, after a man called the Tucson office twice threatening to “come in there and blow everybody’s head off,” and then go to the U.S.-Mexico border to “shoot any Mexicans that try to come across,” an aide says.

Grijalva, the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, had been very critical of Arizona’s harsh new immigration law, which would require law enforcement authorities to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect isn’t in the country legally. That could, needless to say, lead to significant racial profiling and harassment in Arizona, where 30 percent of the population is of Hispanic origin. Grijalva called for conventions to boycott Arizona until the law is defeated or, if signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, overturned. (UPDATE: Brewer signed the bill into law Friday afternoon.)

“Just as professional athletes refused to recognize Arizona until it recognized Martin Luther King Jr., we are calling on organizations not to schedule conventions and conferences in Arizona until it recognizes civil rights and the meaning of due process,” he said Thursday.

So the calls Friday morning left staffers feeling uncomfortable, spokesman Adam Sarvana said. The offices were closed as a precaution, and are set to open Monday as planned. The FBI is investigating the threats.




"ALTO ARIZONA!"
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Coyote vs the Roadrunner-Arizona Rap Artist Swindoe Drops Hard Hitting Video About New Immigration Law [Reposted from Southern Shift]

Ground breaking music video were rapper Swindoe guides a group of 'illegal' immigrants across the Arizona Mexico border. In the blistering 123 degree Arizona heat Swindoe and his group has to out smart the Border Patrol. Climatic ending. It's the real life roadrunner vs. Coyote. The name of the track is 'Phony People' I hope more artist step up and put forth some compelling messages about this situation. WATCH HERE