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Sen. McCain has (another) moment of hypocrisy.

Sen. McCain has (another) moment of hypocrisy.

The law is breathtaking in its scope. It gives bigotry against us gays and lesbians a powerful and unprecedented weapon. But your mean-spirited representatives and senators know this. They also know that it is going to be struck down eventually by the courts. But they passed it anyway, just to make their hateful opinion of us crystal clear.

So let me make mine just as clear. If your Governor Jan Brewer signs this repugnant bill into law, make no mistake. We will not come. We will not spend. And we will urge everyone we know–from large corporations to small families on vacation–to boycott. Because you don’t deserve our dollars. Not one red cent.
Razing Arizona - George Takei giving Gov. Jan Brewer fair warning to veto S.B. 1062

Great news for Edi and his family; on Thursday Edi Arma was given two more years to stay and fight his deportation!

We started this week off with a hectic call from Edi’s family, they had been told by ICE that Edi’s year long extension was up. ICE went on to tell the family, that, because nothing had changed in his case, Edi would need to report for deportation, Thursday. A quick scramble, followed by a quick call to Rep. Ed Pastor’s office in Arizona led to the member making some calls and securing an extension for Edi.

It’s not often that we have Members of Congress willing to take things into their own hands, and secure the safety of their community. Please join us in thanking Rep. Ed Pastor for taking swift action in this case; call Rep. Pastor’s Phoenix office @ 602-256-0551

"Thank You" - Sample Call-in-script:

"Hi, I was calling to just thank the member for taking action to stop the deportation of Edi Arma. Rep. Pastor has made a world of difference in the lives of many people. Please pass along my thank you to him."

Every year we work with hundreds of families on thousands of deportation cases, very rarely do we have that is as willing as Rep. Pastor to jump in and take action. Earlier this summer, when the #Dream9 were crossing over, Rep. Pastor also came out in support of them. The member issued a press release on his site (still posted) calling on President Obama to #BringThemHome. We need more true immigrant champions, like Rep. Pastor!

Arizona has very few strong leaders for immigrant families, the way that Pastor has strength is that he holds office. Staying in office means campaigning. Campaigning, unfortunately, takes lots of money. To show a very some very concrete support, I say that you should contribute to his re-election campaign.

Was Arizona’s “papers please” SB1070 law racially motivated and in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution? A federal judge says the only way to find out is to look at the emails and letters exchanged between the Arizona GOP and groups such as ALEC that were advocating passage of the law.

The Arizona GOP is fighting to avoid disclosure even though, as Judge Susan Bolton pointed out, communications to public officials are public records under Arizona law. What do Republicans have to hide? Could it be that terms such as “illegals,” “wetbacks,” “undocumented,” and “Mexicans” were used in the correspondence, and would thus show a racial intent behind the law?
Press conference to announce border-wide Revitalize Not Militarize campaign launch.
(via The Southern Border Communities Coalition)
SOUTHERN BORDER REGION: The next few weeks promise to be a critical moment for immigration reform.  Last week, President Barack Obama once again encouraged the House of Representatives and Congress to prove to the American people that Washington can get this done.
In light of this window of opportunity, the Southern Border Communities Coalition (a coalition with representatives in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas) will launch the Revitalize Not Militarize campaign, which is a platform for border communities and others affected by border policies to weigh in.  The message, Revitalize Not Militarize expresses the need to invest in border communities and improve the quality of life for border residents while improving trade for the nation. This approach, together with a comprehensive immigration reform, will stimulate the U.S. economy, helping us all move forward together.
Organizations participating in the campaign include the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (CA), the Border Action Network (AZ), the Arizona Sonora Southern Border Coalition (AZ), the ACLU of New Mexico (NM), the ACLU of Texas (TX), the Rio Grande Equal Voice Network (TX) and the Campaign for Accountable, Moral, Immigration Overhaul (CAMBIO based in Washington D.C.) among others.Two projects will be launched along the southern border simultaneously as part of this campaign.
“The border is more than a line, it is the home of 15 million people, it is a cornerstone of the U.S. economy, and it is a unique cultural and historical space that is sacred to many who live here. The border enforcement bills that have been proposed as part of immigration reform would result in nothing more than a militarization of our communities, and is not what we need or want” states Pedro Ríos, Director of the American Friends Service Committee’s San Diego office which is a member organization of the SBCC.
“Through this campaign, border residents will tell the nation what it means to live in the border region, how militarization has negatively impacted families and residents here, and why we must broaden our perspective about the border,” states Elizabeth Maldonado Robinson who speaks for the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice which is also a member of the SBCC.
Project 1: The Border Quilt
Inspired by the AIDS Quilt, the Border Quilt will express how militarization has resulted in losses for border residents. On 2’ x 4’ cloth panels, border residents will tell stories of lives lost, loss of civil rights, loss of security and loss of humanity. Cloth panels will be created across the four southern border states and will be sent to Washington D.C. to be installed during the third week of November. A manual has been created for all who want to participate which can be downloaded here and a sample panel will be on display at the press conference.

On Friday, November 1st, Alliance San Diego will host the community and provide space and materials for producing quilts from 4-7 pm.

Project 2: Flower Power Social Media Project
Border residents are being asked to use an orange Gerbera daisy as a symbol of revitalization to contrast with examples of border militarization in their communities. The objective is to take a picture either holding the daisy or placing the daisy near an example of militarization such as Border Patrol vehicles, agents, checkpoints, signs or whichever form it is manifested in their communities.
Participants will be asked to send the photo to info@revitalizenotmilitarize.org and to mention details about where the photo was taken so that the extent of militarization can be documented on a webpage. A manual is also available for more details and can be downloaded here. Two large Flower Power images will be unveiled at the press conference, including one with a border agent who has participated in this action.
The progress of these two projects will be documented and shared through the campaign website RevitalizeNotMilitarize.org and the campaign’s social networks:

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Press conference to announce border-wide Revitalize Not Militarize campaign launch.

(via The Southern Border Communities Coalition)

SOUTHERN BORDER REGION: The next few weeks promise to be a critical moment for immigration reform.  Last week, President Barack Obama once again encouraged the House of Representatives and Congress to prove to the American people that Washington can get this done.

In light of this window of opportunity, the Southern Border Communities Coalition (a coalition with representatives in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas) will launch the Revitalize Not Militarize campaign, which is a platform for border communities and others affected by border policies to weigh in.  The message, Revitalize Not Militarize expresses the need to invest in border communities and improve the quality of life for border residents while improving trade for the nation. This approach, together with a comprehensive immigration reform, will stimulate the U.S. economy, helping us all move forward together.

Organizations participating in the campaign include the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (CA), the Border Action Network (AZ), the Arizona Sonora Southern Border Coalition (AZ), the ACLU of New Mexico (NM), the ACLU of Texas (TX), the Rio Grande Equal Voice Network (TX) and the Campaign for Accountable, Moral, Immigration Overhaul (CAMBIO based in Washington D.C.) among others.Two projects will be launched along the southern border simultaneously as part of this campaign.

“The border is more than a line, it is the home of 15 million people, it is a cornerstone of the U.S. economy, and it is a unique cultural and historical space that is sacred to many who live here. The border enforcement bills that have been proposed as part of immigration reform would result in nothing more than a militarization of our communities, and is not what we need or want” states Pedro Ríos, Director of the American Friends Service Committee’s San Diego office which is a member organization of the SBCC.

“Through this campaign, border residents will tell the nation what it means to live in the border region, how militarization has negatively impacted families and residents here, and why we must broaden our perspective about the border,” states Elizabeth Maldonado Robinson who speaks for the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice which is also a member of the SBCC.

Project 1: The Border Quilt
Inspired by the AIDS Quilt, the Border Quilt will express how militarization has resulted in losses for border residents. On 2’ x 4’ cloth panels, border residents will tell stories of lives lost, loss of civil rights, loss of security and loss of humanity. Cloth panels will be created across the four southern border states and will be sent to Washington D.C. to be installed during the third week of November. A manual has been created for all who want to participate which can be downloaded here and a sample panel will be on display at the press conference.
On Friday, November 1st, Alliance San Diego will host the community and provide space and materials for producing quilts from 4-7 pm.

Project 2: Flower Power Social Media Project
Border residents are being asked to use an orange Gerbera daisy as a symbol of revitalization to contrast with examples of border militarization in their communities. The objective is to take a picture either holding the daisy or placing the daisy near an example of militarization such as Border Patrol vehicles, agents, checkpoints, signs or whichever form it is manifested in their communities.

Participants will be asked to send the photo to info@revitalizenotmilitarize.org and to mention details about where the photo was taken so that the extent of militarization can be documented on a webpage. A manual is also available for more details and can be downloaded here. Two large Flower Power images will be unveiled at the press conference, including one with a border agent who has participated in this action.

The progress of these two projects will be documented and shared through the campaign website RevitalizeNotMilitarize.org and the campaign’s social networks:

One year ago, J Cruz Lopez (A#205-920-821) was driving his wife and four kids to a Christmas party at a neighbor’s house when Phoenix police turned on their sirens. The police had no basis for the stop.  They accused Cruz of drunk driving, although he had not been drinking and no breathalizer test was ever done. Racial profiling is a reality in the Phoenix police department, and should never be the reason for deportation.

Cruz has no prior interactions with the police and no prior deportations. Since his arrest, Cruz’s eldest daughter, Yaritza, 20, has been working two jobs, over 80 hours a week, to raise enough money to prevent her family from losing their house. Lizeth, 15, continues to study, carrying her dad’s dream of becoming an engineer. These are smart, strong young women, but they shouldn’t have to endure this injustice.

Support Yaritza and Lizeth as they tell ICE to stop collaborating with racial profiling. Free J Cruz Lopez!

Tell ICE to return my wife and our community members!

When Agustin and Arturo were detained by Border Patrol after a routine traffic stop, the community sprang into action. A peaceful protest erupted, but it was met with harsh violence. When the smoke cleared, Rosa Maria Lear was caught up in the arrest. Now all three face deportation.

Rosa Maria did nothing wrong that day — she was just standing up for members of her community. Call on ICE to immediately drop all charges against them and stop removal proceedings immediately.

What’s more, their civil rights were violated by being arrested.

(via Prison healthcare companies shouldn’t profit off denying needed care | American Civil Liberties Union)

Frankie Barton’s son has Hepatitis C. It is damaging his liver. He is curable, but for-profit healthcare company Corizon Prison Health Management is not providing him with the proper treatment while he’s incarcerated in Arizona. If he goes without care, he’ll develop sclerosis of the liver—a condition that can lead to death.

Frankie’s story is not unique. Corizon has been sued 660 times for malpractice over the last half-decade. As long as Corizon is motivated by its bottom line, there will always be a perverse incentive not to provide treatment. And Corizon is doing very well. The company makes $1.4 billion dollars a year off sick prisoners.

Just last week, Corizon inked a new five-year, $1.2 billion contract with the state of Florida. This means that Corizon is now getting taxpayer money in 30 states. And they’re vying for more.

Corizon should not be able to get away with this. They need to know we’re watching.

Fight the Prison Profiteers

Join the ACLU, Beyond Bars, and The Nation as we work to roll back the mass incarceration crisis.

After much anticipation from human rights advocates in the Southern Border Region, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report yesterday entitled, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Use of Force Training and Actions to Address Use of Force Incidents.”

The revelation of eye-witness footage documenting the beating and killing of San Diego resident, Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, by over a dozen border agents prompted a national outcry from the public as well as 16 members of Congress for oversight and accountability over Customs and Border Protection for their use of force cases.  Since 2010, border guards have killed at least twenty people.

At the request of letters from 16 members of Congress, the Department of Homeland Security carried out a review of 2,000 records of alleged abuse (out of 21,000) that took place along the border between 2007 and 2012. They determined that nearly two-thirds (63%), or approximately 1,200 incidents, involved possible excessive use of force.

The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), a coalition of nearly 60 organizations from the southern border,  has been documenting stories of abuse and has been at the forefront of pressing for accountability and oversight over CBP over the past 3 years.  After reviewing the report, representatives of the SBCC issued these responses.

"This is an incomplete response to the question: Is Customs and Border Protection out of control?” said Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director of Alliance San Diego and co-chair of the SBCC. "While the report answers some questions, it doesn’t give us specifics on what steps are taken when agents are alleged to use excessive force and, given rash of incidents, what reforms or investigations are being undertaken. Where is the accountability and oversight of agents?"

"We need tracking of excessive use of force at the Department of Homeland Security and a formal process to evaluate and investigate force incidents." states Christian Ramírez, Director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition. "Without a clear mechanism to identify misconduct, investigate it, and hold agents accountable, the agency will continue to operate with impunity and endanger the lives of migrants and border residents and undermine our system of laws."

“If any metropolitan police department was involved in 19 fatal shootings in the span of two years, we would be appalled and would expect that that they would look at best practices from other agencies to reduce use-of-force incidents, like body-worn cameras for officers,” said Vicki B. Gaubeca, director of the ACLU of New Mexico’s Regional Center for Border Rights. “CBP, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, should be doing the same, but there is little indication in this report that they are,” Gaubeca, co-chair of SBCC, continued.
Office of Inspector General’s Report on Border Patrol Use of Force is Incomplete and Insufficient
Report does not address accountability and further erodes trust.

Gilman is no stranger to covering anti-immigration rallies, or neo-Nazi demonstrations, or other controversial groups in Arizona. In a profile of the activist and writer by the Phoenix New Times, Gilman said it’s common for him to be threatened with physical violence, with a Tea Party activist once poking him with a sign that read, “Dennis Gilman is a Pimp.”

Heller, an anti-immigration activist in Phoenix and strong supporter of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, described Gilman in an exclusive interview with Raw Story as a provocateur. “They entice riots,” she said of Gilman and another reporter, Stephen Lemons from the Phoenix New Times. “They’re not like regular reporters. They don’t have an ounce of class. … I don’t consider the New Times ‘media.’”