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Examples include undocumented immigrant Maria del Carmen Garcia-Martinez, whose arm was broken while in ICE custody, and undocumented immigrant Alejandra Alvarez, whose jaw and arm were wounded as she was arrested by the MCSO during a worksite raid.
Families of jail inmates have asked for help, said Reza, which is another reason for the march to Estrella and Durango. However, Reza fears Arpaio will take out his anger toward the marchers on the inmates. He explained that a liaison from the Phoenix PD has informed the activists that the MCSO will place the jails in lockdown the day of the march, allowing no visitors, and canceling all outside work details.
"I can see Arpaio trying to make us look like the bad guys," said Reza, whose group PUENTE is spearheading the march along with the L.A.-based National Day Laborer Organizing Network. "They'll claim they have to do it for security reasons, like we're trying to incite a riot or something. We have to send a message to the prisoners that we're doing it for them."
The march will also have some competition. Currently, Radio Campesina and the United Farm Workers have an action planned for April 19, a march to the state Capitol for immigration reform. And on May 1, there will be demonstrations across the country demanding "reform not raids." The worry among some is that the other marches might eat into the total numbers for the march Reza's fronting. But Reza insists he's not worried about turnout.
"Our action is very focused on 287(g) and Arpaio," said Reza, who noted that the demo on April 19 will have a broader message. Also, having De la Rocha return to Phoenix should assist in drawing demonstrators to the May 2 event.
Marchers will begin gathering about 8 a.m. on May 2 at César Chávez Plaza downtown, according to Reza. The march itself will begin at 9 a.m. from the Wells Fargo Building at 100 West Washington Street.
Reza hopes to see ya there, amigos.
Sheriff joe, Keep up the good work,if more people treated illegal immigration the way you do there would be less of a problem with it. As far as I am concerened those that protest against sheriff joe are illegals,otherwise why would they protest. Get rid of all illegals and the families that support them.
This disgusts me,i wouldve love to catch these fagg*ts on the street somewhere if that had happened to me.
the ones doing this are sick, bullys low IQ and probably had sex with their sisters, or mothers. These are hate crimes, so go after them joey and prosecute them andy, HOH thats right your too busy building revenue off prostituion, where the prostitutes were all willing and getting paid, a crime that is LEGAL is some states. Doing this for media attn, not really helping the big crimes. You got yourminds on publishing johns names who had sex with them, like who cares???? Which reminds of the sun city masse parlor where the judge threw it all out waste of money and tax payers money!! Are we suppose to feel safer with paid sex clogging up the court rooms???? to do something like this in this day and age when the us and AZ has so many problems . Mostly brought on by ar pisso's and andy's thomass's . I want to number to colbert show producer. or equal time on the show. I will also recommend they bring Stephen Lemons to the show , so the people in the whol usa can hear what he is all about. A money waster.steal a loaf of bread and get 5 years steal billions from the tax payers and get a tv series. SAD state of affairs.
the neo nazis are the only ones arpaio can get to be his follower. sick son of a bitch.for someone in this position to make racial remarks is a good reason to RECALL that bastard, if he dont resign, he is not going to like the march and attention it gets. he is spending all his time thinking of ways to media turn things in his favor not crime busting. what ever happened to the kkk aryan member who killed COTTON in ar pissos jail???
I hope they find these cowardly skinhead nazi punks and send them back to Germany or wherever they came from! This country has had enough of this racist crap! Our diversity is our strength!
This is so sad. I can't believe that this type of element is breeding in our own back yards. This is all the result of Russell Pearce and his Nazi friends like JD and Arpaio.
Their supporters are exactly those groups. Just click on any of those web sites for those hate groups and they all seem to praise these three idiots.
I wonder where all this is leading, perhaps a civil riot. I'm sure.