On Saturday, De la Rocha marched with thousands of ordinary Phoenicians, as well as notable locals such as Tucson firebrand Isabel Garcia, former state Senator Alfredo Gutierrez, Randy Parrazand Raquel Teran of Maricopa Citizens for Safety and Accountability, former Guadalupe Mayor Rebecca Jimenez, ACORN organizer Monica Sandschafer, Respect/Repeto's Lydia Guzman, cheeky Phoenix activist Adolfo Maldonado, and Supervisor Wilcox. Guadalupe's Socorro Bernasconi handed out water to marchers along the way, and William Robles, a Guadalupe activist, who on Thursday did his own march from Guadalupe to the Wells Fargo building, took up the rear, banging on a huge black drum.

Although the news channels and other media generally ignored what De la Rocha had to say at the walk's end, he offered an impassioned analysis of the situation in Maricopa County, before repeating the words of the Letter from Estrella a short distance from Estrella Jail itself.

"It is because of your efforts tirelessly in the streets," he told the crowd at one point, "marching and confronting [Arpaio's] racist policy, that his impunity is beginning to crumble. But it's not just about a bigoted and brutal man alone; it's about the federal policy that empowers him. Many of us are here today to confront the racism and the destructive policy of the 287(g) agreements. The practice of this policy has unearthed what I consider to be one of the most dire human rights crises in this country right now.

"So we need to confront also, and get into the specifics of this ugly and brutal agreement. We need to confront the legal lynching that has been systematically woven into this policy as the line between civil law and criminal law has been all but erased, tearing apart the constitutional protections of those of us working here with our without documents."

Well said, but I wonder how many more marches and demonstrations there will have to be in this country before the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security act? Does there need to be civil disobedience, or worse, before Arpaio is called to heel, his 287(g) authority jerked, and his civil rights abuses halted and brought before the bar of justice?

I know there were DOJ personnel monitoring the march. And, recently, both DHS and DOJ had investigators in town to look into Arpaio's actions. But the wheels are turning too slow. Those separated from their families and mistreated in Joe's gulags can't wait much longer.

FARIAS, SAVED

Since the nasty demise of liberal talk radio network NovaM, and the resultant recriminations and finger-pointing, former NovaM talker Jeff Farias has been plugging along with his online Web cast, thejefffariasshow.com, which has got to be one of the only Webcasts of its kind locally, if not nationally, with a die-hard audience of listeners willing to log on every day at 3 p.m. to watch Farias' live feed from his garage studio.

The good news for those locally who want and need some left-wing talk to counter the J.D. Hayworths, Rush Limbaughs, and other far-right tongue-flappers on the dial is that Farias has scored an on-air gig doing his lefty show on a local Christian station, no less, KXXT 1010 AM, where he'll be heard Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those bound to their desks can catch streaming audio and video of the show at www.1280kxeg.com.

Seems 1010 AM, which owns another Christian station locally, is willing to play with its format a bit. Hence, Farias' recent salvation. However, being devoted to his craft, Farias tells me that he plans to keep doing the Webcasts from the garage at the same bat time.

Does this mean Farias will have to tone down his act for the Lord, play hymns as intros to the show, or preach a little about Jay-sus in between tirades against Republicans? Nah, says Farias, 1010 AM knows what they're getting into. And as for Farias, he says he's happy to be back on the air where anyone with a car radio can hear the program.

For those who think God's a Ronald Reagan conservative, better think again. If the Man from Galilee wants to lend a hand to Farias, maybe that means Christ was a lefty after all.

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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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