Congressman Luis Gutierrez Joins Protesters at Arizona Capitol Sunday, and AltoArizona Offers One-Stop Shopping for Opponents of SB 1070

Firebrand Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez from Illinois will be joining opponents of the new SB 1070 law at the Arizona state Capitol Sunday, April 25 at noon to protest the legislation, which codifies racial profiling into state law.

Gutierrez is a fierce, pull-no-punches advocate of immigrant rights and immigration reform. He's also been highly critical of SB 1070, even before Governor Jan Brewer signed it into law on Friday.

"I'm Puerto Rican," he stated recently. "I was born in Chicago, and my family has been U.S. Citizens for generations. But look at my face. I'd probably get picked up in Arizona and questioned. Is that what we want in America?"

Needless to say, I'm looking forward to the Congressman's speech tomorrow, and I will report back after the rally.

In the meantime, you should check out the new Web site campaign AltoArizona.com, which means "Stop Arizona" and is sponsored by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. The site seeks to become the main resource for those battling the new law, and I suspect that in time it will become the center of an organized, national boycott of the state of Arizona.

Only such a boycott, as proposed a few days ago by Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva, will bring the wingnut rednecks who run this state into line. It worked for a state Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in the late 1980s/early 1990s, and it can work again.

AltoArizona has begun a poster project, soliciting artists from all over the nation to submit work for this new campaign. The lead art for Alto Arizona was designed by Ernesto Yerena, an L.A.-based artist who has worked with Obama/Hope poster artist Shepard Fairey, among others.

For interested artists, check out the submission guidelines, here. If you want to eyeball some of the art already entered, take a look, here.

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