Portland, Ore—Over 100 people from Oregon's faith, immigrant and ethnic communities and their supporters gathered for a rally on Thursday to stand in solidarity against SB1070, Arizona's racial profiling law.
During the action, which took place at Holladay Park in NE Portland, people could engage in several activities including watching a skit about the harmful affects on the community that Local Police and ICE cooperation brings, signing a letter to Congress and posing for a photo with a sign to send to lawmakers and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.
This week, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton issued a preliminary injunction preventing several sections of the SB1070 law from going into affect on July 29th. The ruling represents a major victory for the civil rights of every American and everyone who cares about freedom, liberty, and equality. The ruling also sent a message to other states wishing to pass similar laws that the job of setting and enforcing immigration law is the job of the Federal Government, not that of individual states. The State of Arizona is appealing Judge Bolton’s ruling to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Around the nation, rallies and marches were held celebrating the judge’s ruling while calling for an end to laws that target immigrant families, divide the community and threaten public safety. Immigrant supporters also called on Congress and the President to pass comprehensive legislation immediately to fix the nation’s broken immigration system.
Organizations co-sponsoring Thursday's rally included CAUSA Oregon's Statewide Immigrant Rights Coalition, Portland Jobs with Justice, VOZ Worker Rights Education Program, American Friends Services Committee, Portland New Sanctuary Movement, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, African Women's Coalition, Portland State University MeChA, Center for Intercultural Organizing, and others.