Thursday, February 26, 2009

Join The Weekend Protest Against Arpaio

From a press release from the Arizona Advocacy Network -

Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine calls on fans to join him in marching against Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s human and civil rights violations

Will lead Noche Cultural/Open Mic on Fri. 2/27, March in Phoenix, AZ on Sat. 2/28

PHOENIX, AZ --Zack de la Rocha of the internationally renowned rock band Rage Against the Machine has gigs in Phoenix this Friday and Saturday. But instead of standing on a stage he will be marching with people from all over the country who are asking the federal government to revoke Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s 287(g) agreement and stop the raids of workplaces and immigrant neighborhoods. The 287(g) agreements allow local law enforcement to arrest people if they are suspected of being in the U.S. without proper documents.

"To witness what is happening in Arizona and remain neutral is to be implicated in human rights violations that are occurring right here on US soil against migrants. History will not be kind to Joe Arpaio,” de la Rocha said, “He will be remembered with other infamous sheriffs like Bull Connor who subjugated and terrorized communities for shortsighted political gain. I hope everyone will join me in protesting Sheriff Joe."

"Recently the nation witnessed the ritual humiliation of migrants in a spectacle evocative of some of the most horrific episodes of human history," explains Pablo Alvarado, Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. "People across the country are outraged at the shameful violations of human rights perpetrated by the Maricopa County Sheriffs and they are being moved to action."

In the last month Sheriff Joe Arpaio intensified his on-going escalation of attacks against Latinos by segregating the county jail and parading undocumented migrants shackled in a chain-gang into "tent city." He erected and surrounded the tent with an electric fence in a grotesque display of human degradation.

The march is being organized by the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, Puente, Somos America/We Are America Coalition of Arizona, Arizona Advocacy Network and others at the request of groups all over the country that want to publicly denounce Sheriff Arpaio’s actions.

To get marchers pumped up, de la Rocha will be headlining a Noche Cultural / open mic at Tonatierra, 802 N. 7th Street in Phoenix from 8pm to Midnight on Friday
2/27. For more information go to this Facebook page, or contact us at

WHAT:- Noche Cultural / Open Mic with Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, Fri. 2/27 8pm to Midnight at 802 N. 7th St.-

March with Zach from Steele Indian School Park at 9am on Sat. 2/28.

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