Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio Recall Supporters Set Up "Camp Recall Arpaio" in Downtown Phoenix

Nativists, Comicon enthusiasts, and supporters of the effort to recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio from office.

Downtown Phoenix was abandoned on Sunday, save for these three groups as members of the pro-recall organizations Respect Arizona and Citizens for a Better Arizona set up tents on the plaza in front of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Auditorium at 205 West Jefferson Street.

See also: -Joe Arpaio's Doomsday: Arpaio Loses ACLU Civil Rights Lawsuit, MCSO Enjoined from Racially Profiling Latinos -Joe Arpaio Recall Needs 100,000 Signatures According to Organizers (w/Update) -Joe Arpaio Recall Suspends Paid Signature Gathering Campaign for Second Time

Respect Arizona campaign manager Lilia Alvarez said her group would be camping out Sunday and Monday nights, and would be either in front of the BOS auditorium or across the street at Cesar Chavez Plaza till 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 30, which is the deadline for the effort to turn in its signatures to Maricopa County Elections.

Alvarez estimates that the recall now needs 90,000 more signatures to have a cushion in addition to the 335,317 necessary to force a recall.

"We're really pushing now for Arpaio to resign," she told me. "After this ruling, we should not have to spend the taxpayer dollars to have a recall special election."

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons