Resistance grows to Arizona’s apartheid law

There are many undocumented transsexual and transgender refugees in the US. Our Christo-fascist influenced government considers the persecution of TS/TG people to be a matter of cultural differences and not  gross violations of human rights.  We send undocumented TS/TG people back to their countries of origin rather than granting them refugee status based on the dangers they were often fleeing.  Too often those who are sent back are murdered.

There has to be a better way.

From Worker’s World: http://www.workers.org/2010/us/arizona_apartheid_0506/

By John Catalinotto

Published May 1, 2010 8:01 AM

Besides the ones in Arizona itself, protests in the United States and abroad greeted a new Arizona anti-immigrant bill that was signed into law on April 23.

New York,  April 23.
New York, April 23.
WW photo: John Catalinotto

In New York City on April 23, the Bail Out the People Movement demonstrated on a day’s notice in front of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Varick Federal Detention Facility in downtown Manhattan. Even as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill into law, some 50 people, including one woman whose spouse had recently been deported to Trinidad, were holding signs and chanting against racial profiling and in solidarity with immigrants’ wishes to gain legalization.

The group chanted many slogans that defended immigrants’ rights as part of the rights of all workers.

Throughout the April 24-25 weekend, government officials and public figures spoke out against the new law. President Barack Obama called the law “misguided,” and raised the possibility that the Justice Department would take some action against it. The law doesn’t go into effect until 90 days after it was signed, on July 21, if it is not overturned before then.

Obama’s criticism appears directed at gaining support for a new federal immigration law, like the one that Sen. Charles Schumer is preparing to propose. This proposed law would regulate immigration so that conditions are more stable, but in a way that is prejudicial against immigrants who don’t have legal papers and is harmful to all workers. Schumer would make legalization an onerous process with no guarantees, militarize the border and make all workers carry biometric identi-

fication cards.

Rep. Raul Grijalva from Arizona called on the president to not cooperate with the new law and also for a boycott of his state. Other public figures joined rank-and-file calls for a boycott of Arizona, including San Francisco city officials, the Rev. Al Sharpton and the editors of La Opinión — the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the U.S.

Rank-and-file groups have targeted Arizona’s Major League Baseball team, the Diamondbacks, as part of the boycott. This provides a target for protest in every city the team is scheduled to play in, with protests already set in Chicago.

The Port Truckers held a news conference on April 24 at the downtown Federal Building in Los Angeles — which is also ICE headquarters — to announce that they would be boycotting Arizona until the legislation in repealed. They urged other truckers to do the same.


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One Response to “Resistance grows to Arizona’s apartheid law”

  1. Willow Arune Says:

    Conventions cancelled, students and profs relocating to other colleges and universities, and now Oklahoma wants to follow the same path? Insanity. Some sheriffs will, others will not. Great for the “rule of law”. One report had a small town meeting with the ever-changing John McCain. Everyone white, and I would bet that most are devout somethings.

    The world, not just the US, is changing. Canada will be majority “brown” in twenty years or so. Vancouver has the largest number of “mixed” marriages in North America – Great! My four “step-daughters” are half Asian and damn proud of it. China no longer makes cheap toys and trinkets and holds much of the US national debt. A few guys in the desert cannot change the course of the world to protect what was. The days of the Europe-based minority controlling all are going, going, and soon to be gone.

    Sure, change is uncomfortable. People will always fight change, especially when they loose power. And that is also especially true with population shifts, be they racial, ethnic or even religious. That is one reason why Israel does not want a one-state solution – demographics tell the story of a majority non-Jewish state if that were accepted. Even Ben-Gurien wrote of that. That small town hall meeting? “We want things to remain as they are!”. Or under that “We want to remain in control”. Ain’t gonna happen.

    I have heard people make fun of our “multi-culturalism”, but damn – it sure works with all these changes going on. And it makes for an interesting world compared to the all White Canada I grew up in. Better food and restaurants for sure!!


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