SAN ANTO: Will Mayor Stand in Solidarity Against Arizona? Press conference Fri May 21

Southwest Workers Union is organizing a Liberation Caravan to the National Day of Action Against SB 1070 in Phoenix, AZ.
We urge all the San Antonio media to attend this press conference.
In Solidarity,Che Lopez
# (210) 378-5132

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release                                                            Contact: Che Lopez

Friday, May 21, 2010                                                            Office 210 299.2666

Cell 210 378-5132

Southwest Workers Union Liberation Caravan to the

National Day of Action Against SB 1070 Phoenix, Arizona

Friday, May 21, 2010

@ SWU 1416 E. Commerce

12 NOON

“We want Mayor Julian Castro, Members of City Council and Police Chief McManus to stand in solidarity with the National Day of Action Against SB 1070 in Phoenix, AZ. Community Leaders are urging elected officials to take action by adopting a resolution against Senate Bill 1070 that was signed by the appointed Governor Brewer of Arizona” stated Sandra Garcia of the Youth Leadership Organization

“Gov. Brewer is lacking a good education and common sense because she simply does not understand how this racist law will violate migrant, human and civil rights under the constitution of the United States”

Since Senate Bill 1070 was signed, we have seen an overwhelming opposition against this racist law. We applaud Mayor Julian Castro, City Council, Police Chief McManus and others that have publically opposed Senate Bill 1070. San Antonio is proud to know that our elected officials and community leaders are committed to support the National Day of Action Against SB 1070. San Antonio will stand in unity with the community to insure that these types of racist laws will not be passed in Texas. Our Civil and Human Rights are at Risk.

“The Liberation Caravan Delegates going to National Day of Action Against SB 1070 are in daily communication with grassroots organizations in Arizona, giving us a clear picture of the present realities that are violating the constitution of the United States” stated Tanya Garduno of the Southwest Workers Union.

Today ARIZONA is GROUND ZERO for the struggle against COLONIALISM, RACISM and ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAWS because of the historical and present reality and struggles for human, civil and migrant rights into one.

President Obama must sign an executive order to stop this racist law & to pass a just immigration reform in 2010 as he promised voters during his electoral campaign.

One Response to “SAN ANTO: Will Mayor Stand in Solidarity Against Arizona? Press conference Fri May 21”

  1. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday that he supports a boycott of Arizona by the city of Los Angeles, and he called that state’s newly passed immigration law “unpatriotic and unconstitutional.”

    “No person should be treated differently in the eyes of the law,” he said at a news conference.

    The mayor said boycotts have worked in the past and cited the city’s divestiture from South Africa in the 1980s to protest apartheid.

    Villaraigosa is the latest of a growing a number of elected officials who have called for boycotts against Arizona in the wake of its new immigration rules.
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that she had “deep concerns” with the law and said it could siphon resources needed to target criminals. U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said he was considering “the possibility of a court challenge.”

    The law makes it a state crime to be in Arizona illegally and requires police to check suspects for immigration paperwork. The legislation also bars people from soliciting work or hiring day laborers off the street.

    On Tuesday, seven members of the Los Angeles City Council signed a proposal for a boycott, calling for the city to “refrain from conducting business” or participating in conventions in Arizona. Councilman Ed Reyes, who wrote the proposal with Councilwoman Janice Hahn, said he wants city officials to spend the next 90 days assessing the financial relationships that exist between various city departments and businesses based in Arizona.

    [Updated at 2:56 p.m.: Villaraigosa appeared alongside Councilmen Reyes and Jose Huizar, who represent some of the city’s most heavily Mexican and Central American neighborhoods. Huizar, who immigrated to this country from Zacatecas, Mexico, as a child in the early 1970s, said the law would make him and others who have traditionally Mexican features a more likely target of Arizona law enforcement officers.

    “If you look like me, you should be concerned about traveling to the state of Arizona,” he said.

    During a preliminary review of dealings with businesses based in Arizona, City Controller Wendy Greuel identified at least $7.2 million in city contracts with firms from that state. Los Angeles World Airports is compiling a list but indicated that it does business with at least one Arizona-based airline — US Airways.

    Villaraigosa acknowledged that there would be great complexity involved in pursuing an economic boycott. But he said that such an effort would send a message, spurring cities across the state and the nation to follow suit. “The bottom line is, boycotts work,” he said.]

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