Todos Somos Arizona! We Are All Arizona!

The REAL May Day Rally in DC For Immigration Rights

Joining scores of allies in cities across the nation, tens of thousands of protesters gathered at Lafayette Park near the White House on Saturday, May 1 to agitate for the reform of immigration laws and to protest the passage in Arizona of tough new immigration laws that protesters say specifically target hispanics– regardless of their legal status.

Chanting “Todos Somos Arizona!” (We are all Arizona!) and “Obama escucha! Estamos en la lucha!” (Obama listen! We are in the struggle!), the energetic and raucous crowd enjoyed support from a diverse coalition of community organizations and unions. Brought together under the banner of rights for immigrants and an end to racism against Hispanics were Tenants and Workers United, CASA de Maryland, Mexicanos Sin Fronteras, The SEIU and LiUNA.

Outraged over Obama’s stalling and congressional inaction on reforming the country’s current immigration legislation, protesters reserved most of their anger for the legislature of Arizona and the passage of authoritarian legislation that essentially makes it a crime for anyone to be without multiple forms of identification papers in the state of Arizona. Painted as institutionalized racial profiling, protesters objected to the worsening anti-immigrant and anti-hispanic climate in the US. Organizers coordinated a sit-in at the front gate of the White House, where forty people were arrested, including US Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Illinois). Police clearly did not expect the level of crowd energy present at the rally, as mounted officers were virtually marooned inside a police cordon, while the arrestees had to be led to their containment vehicle down a gauntlet of press photographers and vocal supporters of those being arrested. Crowd noise was so intense at times that mounted officers’ horses were routinely spooked; officers struggled to maintain control over their mounts.

Rep. Gutierrez D-ILL Arrested In Civil Disobedience Along With 34 Others

The atmosphere was overwhelmingly positive, with attendees expressing a willingness to extend their struggle if the continued stalling over immigration reform results in more needlessly destroyed families. Protesters also vowed to continue and extend their economic boycott of Arizona, promising similar treatment if similar legislation is passed elsewhere.

Horses Getting Anxious

Jan Brewer and the Arizona legislature have unwittingly solidified the bond between Hispanic advocacy groups, human rights organizations and labor unions into a nascent pro-immigrant movement. Notably absent was any form of visible counter protest by anti-immigrant groups. Perhaps they realize the true racist nature of these draconian immigration laws– and don’t want to be called out on it by groups like us!

Arrestees Taken Away On DC Metro Buses

More Photos HEREand HERE


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9 responses to “Todos Somos Arizona! We Are All Arizona!

  1. Hey You!

    The real flaw in the logic here is that some folks believe that the violence and illegal activity is due to undocumented workers. In reality, violent crime is down in Arizona but the media and the hard-liners in AZ make sure that if an undocumented worker is involved, it’s big news, but the facts are that violent crime has slowed in the last few years in AZ. The law passed isn’t going to stop the real problem which are drug runners and smugglers, It isn’t even going to slow them down.

    There was a great article in the LA Times featuring an interview with an ex-Phoenix cop who had to deal with these issues. (

    And he said it very plainly after a white cop was killed: “I told people that it’s not whites or Hispanics who killed Marc,” he said back then. “It’s drug-dealing cop killers. The issue isn’t ethnicity — it’s crime and drugs.”

    And this is the real problem with this law is that it doesn’t address the real issue, at all.

    • ladylibertyslamp

      Very true!

      Legalizing some of these drugs might be the best way to handle this.

      Besides, there are many drug growers and dealers in the US who are home grown and “white”.

      Crystal meth is a perfect example of a horrible drug which is produced and distributed mostly by “whites”.

      Meth is a much more dangerous drug than the marijuana or even the cocaine coming up from south of the border.

      • Todos Somos El Mundo

        Also note that E-Leguls didn’t make Vioxx or Phen-Phen nor are they marketing Ritalin or Concerta or Dexadrine (a former diet drug which has horrible effects) at kids. Plus they aren’t making the “anti depressants” or any of these other drugs that are harming people and are 100% legal and corporations are profiting from hand over foot. Not too mention all of the millions of animals killed and tortured too test these horrific drugs. Also not mentioning Asbestos or Cigarettes (though I am sure there are some immigrants who are picking the Tobacco and getting treated like dirt for it) or any of the many other toxic chemicals and things made that are legal but kill more people.

        The worst crimes are not coming from some maybe Mexican guy killing someone but from a corporation who destroys the environment and kills hundreds upon hundreds of people. If these idiots want too whine about crime why don’t they start opposing the Iraq War more criminal behavior involved with that all around in almost every nook and cranny, then you could ever find in a large population of immigrants. You are more likely to die on plane than you are too die because “dem e-leguls dun comed over the border e-legully and had dem there marahuwana”
        Plus with out e-leguls none of those idiots would be here in the first place because the government of the USA was founded by ILLEGALS and not only that they committed some of the most horrific crimes and murders in history something that would take all the criminals who crossed the border (not talking about regular immigrants but those who have killed someone or broken a serious law that has put people in serious danger) would take probably a thousand years to match up too the crimes and murders the US government has committed too the native people. Also if you note the people crossing the border are not trying to kill people en masse and set up their own government and oppress the people already here most are just working hard and some working a lot harder than most of the people who hate them. If all the “e-leguls” were gone these racist idiots would have less to whine and complain about.

        If the KKK and MinuteKlan and Numbers USA had such a problem with crime why not go bust up Meth Labs do everyone a favor. Whitebred chickenshit motherfuckers making and selling drugs that will kill and harm more people than pot could ever do. Of course though typically Meth is a whiter drug (sure other races and cultures make it but in America it is mostly white folk making it) and these anti immigrant idiots wouldn’t want too attack their own would they?

  2. Montana

    I saw Jay Leno at Correspondent Dinner his best line was; “That was my favorite story (this year) Republicans and a Lesbian bondage club. It’s ironic, Republicans don’t want lesbian getting married but they do like watching them “tie the knot”. So I thought that was interesting.”

    You can say the same about Tea Party, they say they respect the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence but they do not mind passing laws, through weak Governors who only care about getting reelected on the backs of undocumented workers, that will not pass Constitution muster, just like Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago, keep passing them Arizona and the rest of us will continue to challenged them and you will fail in a court of law. Their phony patriotism is sickening, they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions). The Birthers and the Tea party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that’s like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that.

  3. “Notably absent was any form of visible counter protest by anti-immigrant groups. Perhaps they realize the true racist nature of these draconian immigration laws– and don’t want to be called out on it by groups like us!”

    Thats becuz there are no “anti-immigrant” groups. The bill was clearly constructed to combat and enforce federal immigration laws against illegals. Wow u guys paint everything with such broad brushes in such a horrible light. Have you ever even met some avg everyday conservatives?

    • ladylibertyslamp

      According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), “FAIR’s legal affiliate, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) assisted Senator Pearce in drafting the language of SB1070.”

      FAIR is a notorious anti-immigrant group. Over the last ten years, it’s worked hand-in-hand with self-described “white separatist” Virginia Abernathy. FAIR’s members have been linked to the explicitly racist Council of Conservative Citizens (we’ve written about them in the past) and the explicitly racist American Renaissance (we’ve written about them, too). That’s all even before new emails have come to light that expose that SB1070 was designed to specifically maximize harassment. If you want to advertise your blog, you’ve got to find a better way of doing it than coming into comment sections and excreting a lame little comment. Honestly!

      • You really do think the worse of conservative minded folks and law enforcement eh. Is it possible that your notion of racism isnt the same as someone elses? Again i ask, do you ever speak to rational conservatives that arent the apparent explicit hateful bigoted racists that you allegedly deal with?
        Im not here to advertise my blog, im here to discuss issues, debate others and learn. The same reason i created my site.

        • ladylibertyslamp

          Why do you have this misconception that we’re issuing blanket statements about all cops or all conservatives? There are conservatives who oppose this law because it’s a horrible overreach of government authority. There are LE who oppose this because it’s a bloated law that’s unrealistic to enforce and forces them to do a job that’s outside the scope of their duties. These people have been given a fair amount of attention from national media; meanwhile national media did not bother to give any lengthy reportage of the actual demonstrations on May first. That’s where WE come in.

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