The Bird Marches with Zack de la Rocha and Laughs at the Latest Arpaio "Death Threat"

DEFYING ARPAIO

By any measure, the massive anti-Arpaio march that rocked Phoenix was a success — and then some.

Organizers from the L.A.-based National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which spearheaded the "Stop Joe Arpaio" parade on Saturday and brought Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha to town, estimated the crowd at 5,000. The Bird's initial estimate was 3,000 to 4,000. The Phoenix PD declined to speculate, while other reports simply left the count at "thousands."

So can you ladies tell The Bird where he can score one of these T's? They look perfect for crashing an Arpaio press conference.
Photos by Stephen Lemons
So can you ladies tell The Bird where he can score one of these T's? They look perfect for crashing an Arpaio press conference.
The world's littlest Arpaio critics
The world's littlest Arpaio critics

In other words, it was freakin' big. So big that organizers had to rethink plans as demonstrators hoofed it south on Central Avenue from their starting point at Steele Indian School Park. The idea had been to make stops along the way (including at the offices of ICE), rally, and then move on toward the ultimate goal of the plaza at the Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Courthouse. But by the time the march got to the ICE offices, stopping the river of humanity would have been too disruptive, so march organizers such as Sal Reza of Puente led followers the remainder of the nearly four miles to downtown.

Spirits were high, and so was the temperature, nearly 90 degrees on a sunny February day. All walks of humanity were represented. Little kids bore signs saying "We Are Human" and "Reform Not Raids." College students and average folks carried placards comparing Arpaio to a terrorist and/or to an insane, straitjacket-bound autocrat. A handful of anarchists — real ones — waved black flags and taunted the few, decrepit pro-Joe racists on the sidelines.

At the head of the march, along with De la Rocha, were Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and hubby Earl Wilcox, each wearing striped shirts with the word "UNSENTENCED" emblazoned on them. Hundreds of others wore the shirts, as well, in solidarity with the undocumented inmates paraded past the press in early February as part of Joe's infamous "200 Mexican March." The word "undocumented" on the men's shirts meant they had yet to be tried.

Before the crowd jumped off from Steele Indian School Park, The Bird spotted ex-Guadalupe Mayor Rebecca Jimenez in the crowd, along with one of her sons. There, too, was Raquel Teran of Maricopa Citizens for Safety and Accountability — you know, the folks bulldogging the county Board of Supervisors regarding Joe's misdeeds. And nearby was Linda Brown of the Arizona Advocacy Network. Former state Senator Alfredo Gutierrez addressed the assembled before the get-down's getting down, as did Shannon Rivers of the Akimel O'odham people, who made some inspiring and ironic comments.

"Don't be afraid, my brothers and sisters," explained the tall Native American. "We can't force people out of this country unless the native people say so. And so far, we've welcomed everybody."

At the march's end, protesters packed the plaza at the federal courthouse, preceded by a troupe of Native American dancers led by Tonatierra's Tupac Acosta. The dancers blessed the proceedings with incense and chanting. Then demonstrators heard remarks from Derechos Humanos firebrand Isabel Garcia, Somos America's Hector Yturralde, United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcano, Lydia Guzman of the human rights organization Respect/Respeto, and, of course, Zack de la Rocha.

"By parading human beings shackled in chain gang stripes, in a misguided effort to collectively humiliate and to terrorize an entire population," said De la Rocha, "[Arpaio] reopened the wounds from which we all still suffer, by invoking the painful memories of slavery and segregation . . . By doing so, he has not only brought shame upon the state of Arizona, but is bringing shame upon the entire nation."

De la Rocha also saved some spank for Arizona's ex-governor.

"If Janet Napolitano seeks to perform her mission as head of the so-called Homeland Security Department," admonished De la Rocha, "she must realize the dangerous threshold that the 287(g) agreements have crossed. She must deal directly and quickly with the real threat to peace and security here in Arizona, by terminating the 287(g) agreement with Sheriff Arpaio's office and joining the courageous members of Congress who have begun an investigation into his criminal behavior."

Noticeably absent from the day's activities were Arizona political leaders, other than the aforementioned Supervisor Wilcox. Not even local über-lefties such as state Representative Kyrsten Sinema and state House Democratic Minority Leader David Lujan were seen. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, who showed some backbone in battles with Arpaio last year, was also absent.

Ditto for Congressman Ed Pastor, whose Fourth Congressional District includes central and south Phoenix and Guadalupe. In other words, it's his constituents who're being ravaged by Arpaio's racist minions. And where was Pastor? Hiding out in his D.C. offices?

But even though Wilcox was the only pol showing her colors, the protest emboldened an entire community. The night before the march, De la Rocha gave an impromptu a cappella performance at Tonatierra, on Seventh Street just south of Roosevelt. He spoke about the cathartic need for people who have been victimized and oppressed to resist.

And resist they did. At one point, this wacky warbler spotted two ladies, who're probably Hispanic soccer moms, wearing T-shirts that screamed: "Fuck Arpaio." Which pretty much says it all.

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Georgia
Georgia

To Zak de la Rocha; HOw about demonstrating against the Mexican Government? Don't you think going to the cause of the problem is a valid action? or are you all talk and no walk. Do you just want to make publicity shots . Zak de la Rocha comes from the same rabble rousing school of thought as Chavez. Don't confuse him with facts.

I wanna t shirt
I wanna t shirt

I am going to the nascar races and I want to wear one of those t shirts, where can I get one, for me and all my friends.!!!! can you put "SHUT UP SHUT UP " on the back side to represent MCSO???? Profound wasnt it. gueezzzzzz must have taken all of his two brain cells to rub together.

Felma
Felma

im one of the ladies and i got that shirt from a friend,he print those shirts,if you wants some al you have to do is to go to a printer shop,and they will make them by the dozen,im glad you like it

Hank Hill
Hank Hill

I heard Candy and Joke were spanking each other during the march. They're freaks. Bastards.

I heard they each have tight black latex suits they wear during rough sex.

I heard Candy and Joke like to get gangbanged by sailors.

I heard Candy likes to watch his old lady get trained by Puerto Rican baseball teams.

Joke likes to watch midget hookers spank fat losers - wonder why...

Candy likes to get humiliated by role playing narcos.

ineedashirttoo
ineedashirttoo

i like the shirts but I would wear one every day thats says "recall arpaio" or soemthing like that. as kids and such would be around in public, and I am over 40 crowd and want to set good example although my real thoughts are fuck arapio, but the 2nd choice would get a coversation going , and head nods as well. what a total a**hole on tv with charles B it really shows what a 'little man complex he has" and what aliar as well, not treating him differntly??? does he do a tv interview with the rest of the prisoners, and tell the media his cock is too big to fit into pink underwear what a low life dirt bag nickel joke, and give him a separate tent? un huh things were certainly business as usual, only if his gangs beat the shit out of him or killed him, but they didnt want that so separate him, anyone with a big name will be followed and arrested , so joker can make the news, what a jerk

chuck
chuck

If only everyone understood how mainstream legal hispanics are having to hide their hopes that Joe does succeed in discouraging illegals from immigrating here and making their legal presence a challenge when it shouldn't be. It's like the Egyptyians and Syrian leaders hoping Israel kicks some serious Hamas ass but they have to express a sympathetic voice for the street muslims. So our efforts to support the illegal side of the hispanic immigration issue are really frustrating the legals that sit at home and watch the horror on TV. They just want it to all go away...and unbelievably it's Joe that might give them peace the soonest.

Coz
Coz

Revisions could prompt Arpaio's ICE-program exit

by Daniel Gonz�z - Mar. 6, 2009 12:00 AM The Arizona Republic Homeland Security officials will make it clear in newly written guidelines that a federal program that lets local police enforce federal immigration laws is primarily for going after immigrants who commit serious crimes.

But Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday that he would likely drop out of the program if immigration officials attempt to curtail his enforcement powers, including his ability to arrest immigrants for merely being in the country illegally.

That wouldn't be the end of Arpaio's controversial immigration crackdowns, which have led to allegations of racial profiling. Arpaio said that even if he drops out of the federal program he will continue arresting illegal immigrants under the state's human smuggling law and employer sanctions laws. He said he also would turn over any suspected illegal immigrants his deputies encounter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement even if they haven't committed any offense other than being in the country illegally.

"If the (federal) program gets too strict, then I am going to have to seriously reconsider," Arpaio said. "But I'm still going to enforce state laws, and when we come across illegal immigrants, we are going to take action."

ICE officials are rewriting the rules of the program, known as 287(g), in response to a federal report that found the program lacks clear goals about what kinds of criminals should be targeted. The report by the Government Accountability Office also found that the program fails to supervise local officers and does not detail what kind of crime and arrest data local agencies should be collecting.

The new rules and agreements will clarify that program participants are to focus on undocumented immigrants who commit serious crimes, such as assault, rape or murder.

"I like it the way it is now," Arpaio said of the two-year-old agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The two-pronged agreement allows sheriff's deputies to identify and arrest illegal immigrants they encounter on the street while investigating other crimes. It also allows jail officials to place immigration holds on inmates suspected of being in the country illegally.

"I signed up not for the jail (portion of the agreement), I signed up to enforce the laws on the street. That is where the action is," Arpaio said.

Arpaio does not need the ICE agreement to continue his immigration raids. He has classified all of his neighborhood crime sweeps and worksite raids as an enforcement of state laws, not federal immigration laws. He says, and ICE has agreed in the past, that the agreement doesn't apply to those raids, even though deputies cross-trained as immigration agents frequently arrest people on immigration violations during those operations.

Michael Keegan, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, declined to respond to Arpaio's comments. He said that while the rewritten agreements will continue to allow local police trained to enforce immigration laws to arrest any illegal immigrants they encounter, the agreements will emphasize a focus on those who commit serious crimes.

Keegan said the rewritten agreements also will call for better supervision and data collection of local police enforcing immigration laws.

With 160 deputies and jail officers trained to enforce immigration laws, Arpaio is the largest participant in the rapidly growing program. His officers have arrested about 1,500 illegal immigrants under the program, and placed immigration holds on more then 22,000 inmates. Four Democratic senators have called for an investigation of Arpaio's sweeps, concerned about accusations that deputies are unconstitutionally looking for illegal immigrants based on race and primarily target immigrants for traffic violations and other minor offenses.

DHS does not have data that shows whether the majority of immigrants arrested by Arpaio's deputies committed serious or minor crimes but the department plans to request that data from ICE, Keegan said.

Equity Court Services of Arizo
Equity Court Services of Arizo

Pepperspray, it's better that we fuck with each other as opposed to shooting at each other! So there really isn't anyone carrying an anti-O'Sullivan sign/shirt? This IS my real name and I have the ID to prove it, but what does an ID mean in Phoenix, the FAKE ID capitol of the world? No one will believe the John James O'Sullivan on my license and Social Security card.

I did not see any "Johnny" signs/shirts at the protest, nor did I see any anti-Equity stuff. Some of the Associates will be quite upset and feel that they're not getting the radicals mad enough. Maybe it's time to call in our good friend and ally Rick Galeener.

I did see the pathetic Gilman, who appeared to be leading the pack alongside The Butthead Bird. Of course, I was rather incognito, let's just put it that way!

Ok - on to legal matters at the new battleground, The Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse, Phoenix. The "racial profiling" crybaby liars are MELENDRES, et. al. v. Arpaio, MCSO, corrupt idiot Judge Janet Murguia, clearly a bought and paid for Latina . The pro-Joe crowd is trying to throw her rump off the bench and hopefully run her into Mexico.

"The Class West" are the class action plaintiffs against City of Phoenix in OKON, et. al. v. CITY OF PHOENIX, claiming gross negligence in the failure to enforce immigration and drophouse abatement laws.

They are being cheered on by "The Class East," gearing up for a similar legal attack on Mayor John DeStefano of New Haven, CT. "The Watchdog Project" out of New Haven is already building a gallows for DeStefano, who had the audacity to fly a Mexican flag at New Haven City Hall.

"The Class East" hit the roof and even got some "Angry Knickerbockers" from New York City to protest in Connecticut. We cued the New Yorkers about Phoenix and they are equally outraged at P-Town and Gordon.

These Gothamites are out for legal blood as they get madder and madder at Phoenix - all they have to do is check the online Phoenix media, which they regularly do. Add to that anger a firm belief by the New Yorkers that Phoenix trained the 9/11 pilots, and Phoenix would be better off having the cartels AND Al Queda AND God out to do 'em up!

This looks better by the minute, folks. Let's try to keep the peace as we get worldwide attention.

John "Johnny On The Spot" O'Sullivan, Associate Blogger, for "The Global Equity"

NO ARPAIO
NO ARPAIO

The real messege in those shirts is , ( Who's The Real Criminal ? ) people are just plain fed up with this guy whothinks he can do as he pleases acting against our civil and human rights , we are innocent until proven guilty , so why if I'm accused of a crime that I am innocent of do i have to pay $1 a day to be in jail ? if i am found not quilty are they going to pay me back with interest ?why would i only be able to eat two times a day ?why would i not be able to recieve pictures of my family through the mail ? etc. but if i was found guilty and went to prison i can have all of that ! but where I am supposed to be innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubtthey take theese things from me ?along with all the racial profiling an mistreatment that people are getting out here in maricopa county because of one man who only cares about himself and media attention he gets ? , yes rapists and such belong behind bars but that dont make it ok to treat people inhuman before they are found guilty , it dont give you the right to racial profilea person of brown skin or any other color because another has comitted a crime and had the same skin color there will always be bad people in the world we can't change that the world will never be perfect, but we are thankful to have a place like the united states and thats why people want to live here there isn't no where else in the world i would rather live and i love living in arizona with no earthquakes ,hurricanes , tornados i feel safe from that but would rather takes my chances with some of those things than with the way the people are being treated here beacause of arpaio!the spanish language is american just like alot of other languages how do we consider our ethnic backrounds ?if we are born in the united states how come on applications it never says AMERICAN ?should'nt that be our ethnicity regardless of skin color ?we should be happy so many people would like to come live here , its the american dream right ? why let a person like joe arpaio make maricopa county look so ugly at a time we all need to help each other globally in this bad economy ?how can we impeech him ?

TommyC1
TommyC1

Although I find the "Fuck Arpaio" shirts amusing, I think they are highly inappropriate and don't do anything to help the cause behind the march.

If we want to get the attention of American voters in Arizona it needs to be done with more aplomb: No more of these shirts. No more signs in Spanish, even though Spanish is the primary language for many of the folks affected by 287(g) and it's application by arpaio, and the marchers should be carrying American flags.

They need to demonstrate not only that arpaio is a goon, but that they are willing to assimilate to America if they want to live here, not that they are bringing Mexico to America and wanting us Americans to assimilate to Mexico and it's cultures. Immigrants, legal or not, need to "do in Paris as the Romans do". This is not a new concept.

Do not lower yourselves, folks, to the gutter level of the nativists who slither out of their holes to support arpaio.

Dr. Pepperspray
Dr. Pepperspray

I saw someone with a t-shirt that said "FUCK JOHNNY THE ATTENTION STARVED MEDIA WHORE". Where can I get one of those shirts?

P.S. Hey Johnny, I'm fuckin' with ya again!

Equity Court Services of Arizo
Equity Court Services of Arizo

For starters, that WAS NOT this guy who sent out the class action lawsuit that's even getting me bored to tears. Just never got excited over 500,000 allegations of legal prose. I agree with the basic arguments nonetheless.

Friends and foes, we successfully demonstrated our conflicting views without bloodshed on February 28, 2009. We applaud ALL for that.

We must continue these peaceful yet forceful demonstrations at our new battleground, The Sandra Day O'Connor United States Courthouse. Here we have the "racial profiling" plaintiffs appearing in Judge Mary Murguia's court versus the class action plaintiffs against the defendants City of Phoenix, which includes some judges and Phoenix police officers and detectives. This case is presided over by Hon. Judge Neil V. Wade.

Basically it's pro-Joe versus anti-Joe, with "Joe" symbolizing immigration enforcement with INA 287(g). We're making history here, folks, so let's look nice when history and the law judge us.

We appreciate The Bird acknowledging HUGO MONTAIGU, who hopefully was just another nutcase in this Phoenix Sand Box of many "mixed nuts." We take issue with our Bodacious Beakster and feel that MONTAIGU should still be in custody. Come on, Lemons, a "Death to Arpaio..." sign, a Glock, and an LA police badge? Clearly the "Cranially- Challenged Crow" hasn't heard about circumstantial evidence. What do you need, Bird Man - a bullet to the head to know someone's been out to shoot you? Get real.

I anticipate that our next bout(s) will be at Sandra Day O'Connor, so let's speak our minds with no violence.

Thanks ALL!

John "Johnny On The Spot" O'Sullivan, Associate Blogger, for "The Global Equity"

Kim
Kim

Where can I get one of those fabulous t-shirts?

Kim
Kim

Where can I get one of those T-shirts??

Kim
Kim

Where can I get one of those T-shirts??

 
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