Arizona: 15,000 join Tucson May Day march, say, “No to Arizona Apartheid”
Tucson, AZ – Around 15,000 people took to the streets here May 1 to celebrate May Day and to demand an end to racist anti-immigrant attacks at all levels of government, including an end to the hated SB1070 (the harshest anti-immigrant law in the nation), an end to border militarization and in support of immigration reform that is humanitarian rather than punitive.
Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, said that Governor Jan Brewer’s signing of SB1070 had had an unintended effect: “It has brought el pueblo together, not only in Arizona, but across the nation!”
Many gathered for the protest expressed their disgust at ‘Arizona Apartheid’ and its racial profiling, including attacks on Latino students through new efforts to force public education personnel to enforce immigration law in the schools. Many wore t-shirts and buttons saying “No paper” or carried signs saying, “Do I look illegal?” For weeks now, there have been almost daily protests in Arizona against anti-immigrant racism. Judging by today’s crowd, the fight back shows no signs of letting up.