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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Over One-thousand March and Rally in Oregon against Arizona Law

Salem, Ore. -- On Saturday, over 1000 people from the immigrant, faith, LGBT, labor, Asian American, Pacific Islander and business communities marched and rallied at the Oregon State Capitol in solidarity with Latino and immigrant Families in Arizona over S.B. 1070--Arizona's new law that promotes racial profiling and opens the door to civil rights violations.

Those that attended the action in Salem called for a halt to laws that promote racial profiling, divide communities and criminalize immigrants. They also urged President Obama and Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform immediately and stop other states from following Arizona's misguided path

In Downtown Portland, several hundred people held a march and rally to speak out against the Arizona law and 287g which deputizes officers from local police agencies to enforce federal immigration laws. Both, which rally organizers agree promote racial profiling and divide communities. A prayer vigil was later held at the Portland First Unitarian Church.

Events similar to Oregon happened in cities across the U.S. with the largest of them in Phoenix, Arizona where 20,000 marched and rallied calling for a repeal of S.B.1070 and passage of comprehensive immigration reform.

Sponsors of today's march and rally in Salem included CAUSA, Oregon's Immigrant Rights Coalition, Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United (PCUN), Radio Movimiento 95.9 FM, Oregon Farm Worker Ministry (OFWM), Voz Hispana, Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (MLP), Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (FHDC), APANO and Adalante Mujeres.

For more photos from Salem, please link here.

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