I'd be disappointed, too, if it weren't so true to form for Sheriff Joe. But then, I'm funny that way. I don't like it when our elected officials play snugglebunny with racist extremists.

Channel 12 confronted Arpaio with video of the neo-Nazis doing their stiff-arm salute, though at that point, the pic of Joe and Lombardi had yet to surface. Arpaio told the TV journos that he doesn't assosciate with hate groups. (Um, excepting for U.S.A.)

His office released a statement to 12, saying, "It is not the sheriff's position to discourage groups on either side from exercising their rights. Sheriff Arpaio does not have any control over who shows up to these public protests."

Lame response, Joe. Especially when you were caught red-handed cavorting with racists of all stripes at the event.

HOUSE OF PAIN

While the haters in the nativist and neo-Nazi camp were possessed by fits of rage and viciousness, the successful march of thousands, led by Rage Against the Machine/One Day as a Lion frontman Zack de la Rocha ended peacefully, in a sort of block party, right in front of Joe's massive incarceration complex.

At one point, Arpaio attempted to draw attention away from the stage set up at 31st Avenue and Durango with an open-air press conference. But protesters shouting César Chávez's old rallying cry of, "Si, se puede," sent Joe and a compliant press corps scurrying behind a ginormous MCSO truck. In general, Joe looked old and confused and lacked the energy of his previous struts before the cameras.

Indeed, the energy was on the other side of the street, with people of all ages, all races, all ethnicities banding together to protest Arpaio's anti-immigrant policies and the federal 287(g) program that empowers him. Despite the tension at the end between the protesters and counter-protesters, the Walk for Respect had been peaceful throughout its grueling march in the warm May sun.

A group of indigenous dancers, carrying incense, led the way. Protesters were in good humor as they made their way west on Van Buren Street, even as a black MCSO helicopter buzzed them at one point. They carried signs saying, "We are human," "Stop separating families," and "Silence is betrayal," this last one featuring a photo of Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmstedwith Sheriff Joe.

Demonstrators chanted "Hey hey, ho ho, Sheriff Joe's got to go," and "Arpaio racista, eres terrorista," which means, "Arpaio racist, you are a terrorist." They were cheered on as they walked through Mexican neighborhoods lined with car shops, little mercados, taquerías, and beauty parlors. At one point, Phoenix artist Michael 23 met up with the marchers in a black "UFO" equipped with a sound system. He allowed marchers to chant into his microphone, and mentioned that he and others inside the UFO were illegal "aliens."

The night before, some of those in the anti-Arpaio army had been at Garibaldi's Real Mexican Grill for a fundraiser for Tonatierra and the Macehualli Day Labor Center, both of which are in dire financial straits and may be forced to close by the end of May if not enough money's raised. At Garibaldi's, donors ate spicy chicken mole while watching a video presentation by activist Dennis Gilman and organizer Carlos Garcia. Afterward, Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, Tonatierra's Tupac Acosta, and Macehualli's Reza spoke. Then, finally, the guest of honor, De la Rocha, rose to address the audience.

The rock star spoke briefly, thanking his guests. Then, following a short preamble, he read in entirety a letter from inside Joe's Estrella Jail, written by mothers, daughters, and wives separated from their families because of Arpaio's anti-immigrant sweeps and raids. The letter is heartrending and alleges cruel mistreatment by Arpaio's guards. It was first published on my blog, with the names of its authors removed to protect them from further abuse. De la Rocha had read it on Feathered Bastard and asked for a copy of the translation so he could read it at the fundraiser and, later, at the rally after the march.

At one point, De la Rocha choked up reading the missive. That's not surprising, considering passages like this:

"We find ourselves here in a tunnel without an exit, being treated like dogs that are not deserving of anything. We need help for our cases. Someone to listen to us and do something for the injustices that are being committed against us. Our children and our parents suffer our sentences the most. And we find ourselves with our hearts broken without knowing what's going to happen tomorrow."

Following this, De la Rocha signed pro-immigrant posters created by artist Shepard Fairey, he of the famous Barack Obama "Hope" poster, and Fairey collaborator Ernesto Yerena, with proceeds from poster sales to benefit the imperiled Macehualli center.

The poster-signing continued down at Tonatierra, on Seventh Street just south of Roosevelt, where a fundraising party got down, featuring local acts such as the punk band Automatic Self Destruct, folk guitarist the Black River Bandit, and radical Phoenix MC Grime. At first, De la Rocha planned to perform, as he did before the February 28 anti-Arpaio march, which drew some 5,000 souls. But the Rage Against the Machine star was worn out from his activities and all the autographs he'd signed through the night.

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6 comments
Mars
Mars

I didn't realize anti-immigrant racists were "Nativists." So I guess they are currently supporting the Lakota Declaration of Sovereignty? I also didn't realize Sheriff Joe was a descendant of the First Americans. But he MUST be, if he is a Nativist...

BlueBerry Pick'n
BlueBerry Pick'n

Its amazing:

Hundreds of fans, gather *every weeknight* from across the Globe to listen to Jeff... here's hoping the SouthWest remembers what makes him a fantastic host with great ideas, impeccable ethics, a terrific demeanor & deep, fact-based research.

there is a reason folks run long, high hurdles to listen to a show: its rare to find someone who isn't into the conflict-based, hate-filled attack styles of talk radio.

The man actually voices complete thoughts, & so too, do his guests & callers!

Malcom
Malcom

"Ready waved a giant Confederate flag"

ahhhhh Another "real American" waving the flag of treason. Someone should point out to all these right wing "real Americans" who love the south and it's bigotry that the country was conceived in Boston and birthed in Philadelphia.

A Fan
A Fan

Woot Woot Jeff Farias is back on the air!

Mike Wells
Mike Wells

Wow, I watched the video. Talk about a piece of crap. Why would Lynne Stevens put his name on that thing? About the only time that the camera wasn't bouncing around like he was ona pogo stick was when he was shooting the 'Nazis meet Joe' footage, THAT was actually rather stable. These guys sure are a big collection of tools...

yea jeff's back
yea jeff's back

yes so glad to ehar he will be back on the air. kxxt 1010 am m-f 1130am -1230 pm

I cant believe these two neo nazis , thanks for the names and their faces , they are on my avoid list!! anyone know where these two creeps work, maybe we can get em run out of town!!1 go hail another moron !!

 
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