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Ten Thousand March Against Arpaio


Imagine 2050 Staff • Jan 17, 2010

azmarch1Yesterday’s march in Phoenix, Arizona drew 10,000 supporters locally and nationally. According to the Press Association:

Ten thousand immigrant rights advocates have marched in front of a county jail in Phoenix against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s anti-immigration policies.

A small group of demonstrators clashed with police officers in riot gear. Organisers said the protest was intended to show officials in Washington that Sheriff Arpaio has failed to handle immigration enforcement and that Congress and the Obama administration need to come up with a way for immigrant workers to come to America legally.

The marchers walked from a west Phoenix park to the Durango Jail Complex, a collection of five jails, where officials played music, including a record by singer Linda Ronstadt, to drown out noise made by protesters. Ronstadt took part in Saturday’s protest. Protesters chanted “Joe must go” as they approached the jail complex. One person carried a sign that said “We are human” and bore a picture of a lawman with a wolf’s face. A family of five wore T-shirts saying “Who would Jesus deport?”

Read more to see photos from yesterday’s march…

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