FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2010
Francisco Lopez, Executive Director: (503) 269-5694
Erik Sorensen, Communications Director: (503) 488-0263
Rallies and Marches in Oregon to Support National Day of Action against Arizona's Racial Profiling Law
Oregonians say "NO" to Racial Profiling Laws in Arizona and in Oregon and urge passage of Immigration Reform
Salem, Ore.—On Saturday, members of the immigrant, faith, LGBT, labor, ethnic and business communities will hold a rally and march at the Oregon State Capitol in solidarity with the National Day of Action against S.B. 1070--Arizona's New Racial Profiling Law. They will tell members of the Oregon State Legislature that laws that divide the community and criminalize immigrants are not welcome in our state.
Signed into law last month by Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 provides sweeping and unprecedented immigration enforcement powers to local law enforcement-- legalizing racial profiling and opening the door to civil rights violations.
WHAT: Day of Action Against Arizona's Racial Profiling Law
WHEN: Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Steps of the Oregon State Capitol, Salem, Oregon 97309
Since the passage of S.B.1070, immigration reform advocates in Oregon and around the nation have ramped up the pressure on President Obama and members of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform to stop other states from following Arizona's misguided path. However, members of Congress and the President continue to stall and not deal with their failure to fix the nation's broken immigration system. Their failure to take a proactive leadership role has led to the passage of the Arizona Law and to several states threatening to pass similar laws.
The outcry over the law has been strong and action has been swift. Several organizations have launched legal challenges, while others are spearheading a boycott of Arizona State and the businesses that are headquartered there. Around the nation, major cities have passed resolutions condemning the Arizona law. Some have even joined in boycotting the state, calling for a halt to business dealings and travel.
The City Councils of Portland and Eugene, two of Oregon's largest cities, have both passed resolutions condemning the draconian law. Additionally, around the country many students have started engaging in hunger strikes, sit-ins and peaceful acts of civil disobedience.
Opposition to the law continues to grow nationwide. On Wednesday, U.S. police chiefs said that Arizona's law will intimidate crime victims and witnesses who are undocumented immigrants and divert police from investigating more serious crimes. The statements against the measure came as chiefs of police from Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tucson, San Jose and Montgomery County met with Attorney General Eric Holder in D.C. to discuss the law.
On Saturday, marches and rallies in solidarity with Immigrant and Latino Families in Arizona are expected in cities around the nation. The largest March and Rally will take place in Phoenix, Arizona. In Oregon, organizers are expecting thousands of people from around the state to gather at the State Capitol in Salem and in Downtown Portland. Portland-based organizations will hold a March and Vigil at 5pm at SW 3rd and Madison in Downtown Portland.
Sponsors of the May 29th action in Salem include 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.
CAUSA, Oregon's Immigrant Rights Coalition, is a partner in the Reform Immigration FOR America coalition and is the largest Latino and Latina civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit www.causaoregon.org.
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN: The Reform Immigration FOR America campaign is a coalition of more than 600 faith, labor, business, progressive, and immigration reform groups that have joined together to get comprehensive immigration reform passed. For more information please visit www.reformimmigrationforamerica.org or http://www.reformamigratoriaproamerica.org/