Protest Racism from Arizona to Rhode Island!

The fucked up racial-profiling/anti-immigrant law in Arizona is slated to come into effect this week, SO we’re protesting that shit like nobody’s business (especially because RI has some fucked up immigration laws too, and we don’t like ’em one bit).

Now that RI elections for governor are nearing, this is a crucial issue to tackle.
I, for one, am tired of a shithead governor, so it’s time to:

  • fight for our rights and those of others
  • work to get someone who’s actually competent in office.

Long story short: Please go to the protest, or at least please pass this on. I’ve been working with this project and would love the support. So would the people of Rhode Island, and immigrants all over the world. Once you’ve seen people deported and families torn apart, this issue gets personal.

~~en español abajo~~
On Thursday, July 29th, Arizona’s racist law SB1070 will take effect, and all over the world people will turn out in protest. Declare yourself on the right side of history, and join your neighbors, friends, and family:
Protest Racism: From Arizona to Rhode Island!
Thursday July 29th, 4:30 pm Armory Park (Cranston and Dexter) Bus Lines 17, 18, 19, 31

While we stand with the people of Arizona who will be affected by this draconian law, we also realize that many of the racist practices that SB1070 will codify into law are already common practice in Rhode Island, as in much of the country. We are demanding that candidates for RI Governor pledge that if elected, they will:

  • commit to veto and to speak against any “copycat” of Arizona’s SB1070
  • order the DMV to accept government ID from other countries in order to receive a license
  • prohibit police from asking for IDs from people without cause
  • support “In-State Tuition” through which graduates of RI high schools are charged the same tuition whether they have papers or not, and
  • rescind the Executive Order, ending eVerify and police/ICE collaboration

At the protest, we will be reviewing and responding to candidates’ responses to these demands.

Groups supporting the day of action include: Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE); Providence Youth and Student Movement (PrYSM); Olneyville Neighborhood Association (ONA); English in Action (EfA); Immigrants in Action Committee; RI Jobs with Justice; American Friends Service Committee, SE New England Chapter; and Ocean State Action.

For more information, contact ONA at 228-8996.

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El jueves 29 de julio, la ley racista de Arizona SB1070 tomará efecto, y en todo el mundo, personas van a salir en protesta. Declárese parte de la lucha historica, y únese con sus vecin@s, amig@s, y familia:
¡NO AL RACISMO: DESDE ARIZONA HASTA RHODE ISLAND!
Jueves 29 de julio, 4:30 pm
Parque detrás del castillo (La Cranston y La Dexter) Lineas de Bus 17, 18, 19, 31

Mientras que nos declaremos en solidaridad con el pueblo de Arizona afectado por esta ley draconiana, tambien, entendemos que las prácticas racistas que van a ser legalizadas por SB1070 ya existen en Rhode Island, y en otros estados alrededor del pais. Demandamos que los candidatos a gobernador en RI comprometan que si son elegidos, van a:

  • comprometerse a vetar y hablar en contra de cualquier propuesta de ley parecida a la SB1070
  • ordenar que el Departamento de Vehículos de Motor acepte ID de otros países para sacar una licencia
  • prohibir que la policía le pida ID a personas sin causa
  • apoyar “In-State Tuition” por la cual los graduados de secundaria de RI pagarían la misma matrícula que los demás, tengan o no tengan papeles
  • revocar la orden ejecutiva, terminando el uso de EVerify y la colaboración entre la policía y la migra

Durante la protesta, vamos a leer y responder a sus respuestas a nuestras demandas.

Los grupos que estan apoyando el día de acción incluyen: DARE Accion Directa por los Derechos e Igualdad; Movimiento Juvenil y Estudiantil de Providence (PrYSM); Asociacion de Vecin@s de Olneyville (ONA); Ingles en Accion (EfA); Comité de Inmigrantes en Acción; Trabajos con Justicia de Rhode Island; Comité Americano de Amigo/as en Servicio (AFSC), SE New England; y Ocean State Action.

Para más información puede llamar a ONA al 228-8996.

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