Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Appalled by Arizona? 5 Ways to Show It.

Arizona's new law, S.B. 1070, is the harshest anti-immigration law in decades. Although the law doesn't go into effect for 90 days (and will be challenged in court), here are five steps that you can take now to protest this blatant violation of civil rights.

1. Tell your friends.

Start a conversation at the dinner table, out for coffee, or on the bus. Talk with your friends about how this bill starts the United States on a slippery slope toward widespread racial profiling. Hear their thoughts. Get emotional. Talk it out. Stay informed.

2. Tell the president.

Detention Watch Network is compiling action alerts to stop the implementation of the new Arizona law. Click here to participate.

3. Take your money and run.

Reps. Grijalva (AZ), Gutierrez (IL), and Polis (CO) have called for economic sanctions against Arizona. The American Immigration Lawyers Association has already canceled their national conference in Arizona and relocated it to another state. While this action is debatable - should the entire state be punished for the lawmakers' actions? - you can participate, if you choose, by boycotting Arizona products and tourism.

4. Take to the streets.

Immigration may very well be THE the civil rights issue of the 21st century. In 90 days, when this new law is scheduled to go into effect, join Rev. Al Sharpton's "freedom walkers" in Arizona to challenge racial profiling and stand in solidarity with the Hispanic community.

5. Stand up and be counted.
Follow this innovative suggestion from Linda Greenhouse:
So what to do in the meantime? Here’s a modest proposal. Everyone remembers the wartime Danish king who drove through Copenhagen wearing a Star of David in support of his Jewish subjects. It’s an apocryphal story, actually, but an inspiring one. Let the good people of Arizona — and anyone passing through — walk the streets of Tucson and Phoenix wearing buttons that say: I Could Be Illegal.


  1. I am a US citizen but I live, by choice, in Mexico. Be assured this law is being viewed very negatively by our Mexican neighbors.
    Ask yourself if you could imagine a military presence or questioning along our Canadian border. Of course not. This is a fundamentally racist law.

  2. NO...I do not want to protest this law. I want more states to adopt it so that the federal government will get the message. We in Arizona are damn sick and tired of the illegals swarming in, making huge messes everywhere, setting fires, shooting at our law enforcement people, stealing from us, and even killing our people. I'm afraid that way too many compassionate people have not a clue what this is really all about.

  3. No human being is illegal. Don't buy into their logic & language. no immigrant I know says "i'm an illegal." Showing solidarity means showing respect.

  4. I am interested in the comment by sailor50 and wonder if the drug dealers along the border are responsible for the violence to which he refers. The immigrants coming into our country are poor and hungry and there should be a way to monitor and allow them to enter legally and take jobs our citizens refuse to take. The law as proposed is racist and immoral and should be opposed. I can, however, sympathize with the frustration of people living on or near the border and would like to see civilized debates so that all views could be heard and considered as we struggle with the issues of illegal immigration. CSTaos

  5. The new law is very refreshing and makes me want to move to Arizona where at least I know I am free to work and not have it stolen from me by people who whine and demand more than any imperialistic European ever did.