Monday, April 19, 2010 - 12:00pm

Colorado Immigrant Rights and Faith Groups to Denounce Arizona Bill and Draconian ICE Action

 

The Arizona state legislature recently passed a callous bill that would institutionalize racial profiling and the division of families, AZ Senate Bill 1070. Thursday, over 800 law enforcement agents aggressively descended upon Arizona communities from Phoenix to Tucson, creating extreme panic. On the heels of a yet to be signed SB 1070, this raid further terrorized community members and left them wondering if they are now living in a police state. ICE claimed to be targeting a smuggling ring, while only 47 people were arrested, the impacts were felt throughout Tucson, Phoenix, Nogales as ICE vehicles and masked agents roamed the streets.

 

As part of a national response to these brutal actions, the American Friends Service Committee will hold a press conference in Denver, TODAY, Monday, April 19 at NOON in solidarity with the communities of Arizona resisting fear and repression. 

 

WHAT: Press conference in solidarity with Arizona communities in resistance

WHEN: TODAY, Monday, April 19, 12 noon

WHERE: El Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores, 2260 California Street, Denver

WHO: Speakers include:

Phil Campbell, Iliff School of Theology

Jennifer Piper, American Friends Service Committee

Rights for All People

Jeff Johnson, Mile High Ministries

El Centro Humanitario

Rev. Nathan Woodland Stanley, Jefferson Unitarian Universalist, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado

 

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The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

El Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores promotes the rights and well-being of low-income day laborers in Denver through education, job skill development and leadership, united action and advocacy.

Rights for All People envisions a world in which the rights of all people are respected.  A world where all people have access to quality education, health care, and dignified employment opportunities with just wages.  A world in which the police work in harmony with local communities to keep families safe, and laws are formed to promote and protect the rights of vulnerable populations.  A world where all communities work in solidarity to achieve these common goals, and where all people flourish, thrive, and grow together.

Mile High Ministries invites and equips people from all walks of life to join God’s transforming work on the margins of their communities.

The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado is an interfaith, member-driven, grassroots organization that strengthens democracy in our culture; serves as a progressive voice of reason, moderation and mutual respect for communities of faith; and promotes religious freedom, understanding and diversity. We envision a Colorado based on the values and principles of mutual respect, religious diversity, inclusiveness, compassion and justice.

 

Gabriela C. Flora
Project Voice Regional Organizer
American Friends Service Committee
901 W. 14th Avenue, Suite 7
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-623-3464 X3            fax: 303-623-3492
gflora@afsc.org

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