La MISSION: Letter from Ben and Peter Re: Arizona

Good Morning, Relatives!

Like many of you, we are deeply disturbed and saddened by the recent developments in Arizona which deny the rights of our immigrant brothers and sisters. As sons of an indigenous immigrant mother from Peru, the immigration issue directly affects members of our family. In the spirit of solidarity, we join the many friends, relatives and allies around the country and beyond to denounce SB 1070 and HB 2281.

As many of you know, SB1070 will allow law enforcement to question people about their immigration status during everyday police encounters and criminalizes immigrants for failing to carry their “papers.” The unconstitutional law encourages racial profiling, endangers public safety and betrays our most basic American values.

Signed into law three weeks after the new immigration bill, HB 2281 would ban ethnic studies in Arizona public schools. The law would shut down a popular Mexican American studies program in the Tucson school district. It will also endanger specialized courses in African American and Native American studies.

Both laws are based in fear and can only foster more hatred and intolerance. We support a national immigration reform policy that not only recognizes the important contributions of immigrants to the economy through their work and the taxes they pay, but also examines how past and current U.S. foreign and trade policies contribute to the problem.

We have been approached by national and local Latino non-profits to use the film as a social tool to raise awareness. Organizers feel that La MISSION’s message of tolerance, non-violence and Latino cultural pride is needed in Arizona now more than ever. On Sunday, May 30th following the national day of protests, free screenings of the film will be made available with support from Presente.org, as well as, NDLON – National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the Cesar Chavez Foundation. We will post all updates on our website – http://www.lamissionthemovie.com/ – and Facebook page: http://bit.ly/bK7Elb.

La MISSION will open in Phoenix on Friday June 11th and we will be there opening weekend for a series of Q&A’s. On Friday night we will be joined by our good friend George Lopez, who has been speaking out about Arizona’s extreme new law. We will also be coordinating our efforts with Dolores Huerta to encourage and mobilize people to take direct action.

In the meantime, legal residents should become citizens and register to vote so they can participate in the electoral process. Please contact your congressional representative and senators and urge them to support National Immigration Reform. Your voice is important and needs to be heard!

In Solidarity, Love and Respect,

Peter and Benjamin Bratt

RESOURCES:

• Get contact information for your Congressperson:
http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

• Register to vote: http://www.votolatino.org/register-to-vote/

• For more information on the bills…

http://altoarizona.com/resources.html
http://www.colorlines.com/article.php?ID=718

• To take further action….

– Donate to Alto Arizona/National Day Labor Center who are coordinating the May 29th Action:
https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/ExpressDonation.aspx?ORGID2=20-8802586&vlrStratCode=GbF3AWOV7TnNCLNaWiT1p5lNyUCi7YE%2FZ%2F0QHyXSl19uKqU%2Fhw8q6dGl2s1ifQ0b

– Send a message to President Obama to ask him to intervene in Arizona and reform immigration policy:
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6190/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2796

– Donate to MALDEF who are fighting this battle in court:
https://maldef.org/donate_challenge_sb1070

– Donate to Presente.org to get a sticker and tell the world how you feel about SB1070: http://presente.org/sticker/az

LA MISSION LINKS:

Trailer: http://www.lamissionthemovie.com/

Facebook: http://bit.ly/bK7Elb.

PRESS CLIPPINGS:

The View: http://bit.ly/LaMission_TheView
George Lopez: http://bit.ly/LaMission_GeorgeLopez
Ivan Sanchez blog: http://bit.ly/LaMission_IvanSanchez
Rex Reed review: http://bit.ly/LaMission_RexReed

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