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2010: Highlights from a year of resistance

Cloee Cooper • Dec 27, 2010

More often than not, acts of resistance do not get written into history books.  Here are five acts of courageous opposition to xenophobia and bigotry, spearheaded mostly by youth, that should be highlighted for the year ahead.

1.      On Friday, May. 21, 2010 at 3:19 PM, 1st Nation and Migrants opposed SB1070 during their occupation of the Border Patrol Headquarters in Tucson, AZ. They demanded dignity, human rights, and an end to border militarization.

2.      On August 9th, nine university students from around the country embarked on a Student Delegation to Arizona amidst controversial Senate Bill 1070. The goal was to investigate the most controversial state in the nation. They brought their findings back to campuses through a No More Arizonas Speaking Tour.

3.      In August, 100 stood strong against scapegoating immigrants for ecological problems.   The Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) along with Sistas and Brothas United (SBU) organized a protest in front of the Manhattan headquarters of the Weeden Foundation.  The Weeden foundation has a history of supporting anti-immigrant hate groups.

4.      In October, immigrant and student allies organized a demonstration and walk-out during the speaking engagement by the president of one of the most controversial anti-immigrant organization in the country – Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). When Dan Stein came to speak on a panel about Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070 at the University of Wisconsin, immigrant youth used the opportunity to expose FAIR’s ties to white nationalism to a packed auditorium and campus.

5. Undocumented and immigrant youth risked deportations nationwide to stand up to the harsh anti-immigrant movement, border enforcement and ICE. On November 19, undocumented students in favor of the DREAM Act told their stories in front of the ICE headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.

As we move into the year ahead, we should draw on these courageous acts of resistance to continue countering xenophobia, the criminalizing of people of color, and bigotry. Rosa Parks once said, “The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”

2011 will not be a time to give in, but a time to stand up.

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