Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pics from the lege - SB1070 protests

I'll do a more complete write up later, but here are a few pics (apologies for the formatting, but for some reason, Blogger doesn't like multiple pics)

Beginning of the presser/prayer session urging the Governor to veto SB1070

Somebody chained to the doors of the Old Capitol, shortly before the chains were cut and arrests were made (there was large police presence at the Capitol today. Not sure if it was larger than during any of the Tea Party rallies there)

The counter protestors (all 15 or so) leaving in their air-conditioned coach-style bus, shortly after the beginning of the press conference


me said...

I'm wicked glad you were there today, friend. Documenting yet ANOTHER day in infamy in our state. :::sigh::: I need a drink.

Mario said...

Infamy? Are you familiar with this 1924 Act? Way before 1941.

The Immigration Act of 1924, or Johnson–Reed Act, including the National Origins Act, Asian Exclusion Act (43 Statutes-at-Large 153), was a United States federal law that limited the number of immigrants who could be admitted from any country to 2% of the number of people from that country who were already living in the United States in 1890, down from the 3% cap set by the Immigration Restriction Act of 1921, according to the Census of 1890. It excluded immigration of Asians. It superseded the 1921 Emergency Quota Act. The law was aimed at further restricting the Southern and Eastern Europeans who were immigrating in large numbers starting in the 1890s, as well as prohibiting the immigration of East Asians and Asian Indians.
Congressman Albert Johnson and Senator David Reed were the two main architects. In the wake of intense lobbying, the Act passed with strong congressional support.[1] There were six dissenting votes in the Senate and a handful of opponents in the House, the most vigorous of whom was freshman Brooklyn Representative Emanuel Celler. Over the succeeding four decades, Celler made the repeal of the Act into a personal crusade. Some of the law's strongest supporters were influenced by Madison Grant and his 1916 book, The Passing of the Great Race. Grant was a eugenicist and an advocate of the racial hygiene theory. His data purported to show the superiority of the founding Northern European races. But most proponents of the law were rather concerned with upholding an ethnic status quo and avoiding competition with foreign workers.[2]