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Quaker group organizes protests against arizona law 

 AFSC Holds Marches, Vigils, Forums from Coast to Coast to Support Immigrants

PHILADELPHIA  (July 28, 2010) – The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker peace and social justice organization, is holding vigils, marches and more from Massachusetts to Oregon tomorrow, July 29, 2010 as Arizona’s unjust immigration law takes effect. 

Eleven events at nine locations will demonstrate AFSCs support for those targeted by Arizona’s SB1070, which requires police to demand documents from those they suspect of being illegal when stopped for another cause.

The actions are based on AFSC’s years of work with families who are forced to migrate due to unfair trade policies; with workers exposed to exploitation, and with those arrested, detained and deported without access to counsel or a fair trial. 

July 29 events include:

  • “Stand with Arizona” march in New York from Brooklyn to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge. The march starts at 9:30 a.m. at Cadman Plaza E, Brooklyn.
  • An open letter to Boston Red Sox players to support a boycott of the 2011 All Star Game planned for Phoenix, and daylong mass announcements in Spanish language media urging Major League Baseball to move the game organized by AFSC’s Cambridge staff.
  • “Stand in Solidarity with the Immigrant Community in Arizona” candlelight vigil starting at 8 p.m.  in Farmersville, CA at Veterans Park on Farmersville Boulevard.
  • “Arizona Doesn’t Speak for Me!!” rally and evening of live theater performance starting at 5 p.m.in Charlotte NC’s Historic Marshall Park.
  • “Protest Racism from AZ to RI” demonstration and bus tour of campaign offices of gubernatorial candidates starting at 4:30 p.m. in Providence RI at Dexter Park.
  • “Should We Boycott Arizona? Next Steps” public forum from 6 to 7 p.m. in Lyman Hall in First Churches of Northampton MA organized by AFSC’s Western MA staff.
  •  “Solidarity with Arizona” rally in downtown Portland, OR from 5 to 7 p.m.

Other events will take place through August 2, including a 24-hour fast and vigil outside the Aurora CO GEO Immigrant Detention Center and field visits to Tucson by AFSC’s San Diego staff to gather data from communities.

“Sadly, what happens in Arizona will not stay in Arizona. If we don’t push back on the scapegoat politics surrounding the immigration debate, it will signal that racial profiling is acceptable in our society,” said Christian Ramirez, national coordinator of AFSC’s immigrants’ rights programs. “Our country cannot afford to go back to the time when discrimination on the basis of race becomes again the law of the land.” 

For more information on AFSC’s immigrants’ rights programs, follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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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.