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Audio via @WBAI_Radio: #SB1070 = Cold Blooded, Heartless & Immoral ( #altoarizona)

April 25, 2012

Listen to a Special Broadcast from the New Sanctuary Coalition on Pacifica Radio, hosted by DWN member Ravi Ragbir. Aired Tuesday, April 24 on WBAI.

To listen, click on the black arrow below:  or download the MP3 here.

THE United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on Wednesday April 25th in Arizona v. United States, the Obama administration’s challenge to Arizona’s immigration law, known as S.B. 1070. This law effectively makes undocumented status a crime under state law and penalizes unauthorized employment.

On this program Foster will discuss the “law” and why he and others have sought to challenge its legality adding to the Obama administration’s own challenge. Hear Cesar an activist from Arizona talk about how this law has affected him and his community and what they are doing about it. Pastor Harrington will discuss what her church is seeing and how the faith community is responding and why they feel the need to stop this. Silky will talk about detention, its increase, privatization and the terrible living conditions. Lisa will show that for dollars and cents laws are written to benefit a few greedy corporations that do not care for the people and this country.

HOSTED BY: Ravi Ragbir of The New Sanctuary Coalition


Foster Maer: He is the Senior Litigation Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF. He joined the Legal Division in 1996 and has represented Latinos and others in federal court actions challenging: ordinances passed in Hazleton, PA and Riverside, NJ, requiring documentation of immigration status to rent a home or obtain a job. Challenging the lengthy delays in the naturalization process depriving people of the ability to vote in the 2008 elections. He has took on the manner in which I.C.E conducted home raids looking for undocumented immigrants; and discriminatory police actions targeting Latino day laborers in Mamaroneck, NY, and Freehold, NJ. He is graduate of Harvard College and obtained his J.D. from Northeastern University

Silky Shah: is the Field Director of the Detention Watch Network (DWN), a national coalition of organizations and individuals working to reform the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system. Silky has been active in the immigrant’s rights, anti-war, prison reform and racial justice movements for nearly a decade as an organizer, campaign strategist, and journalist. In addition to her work with DWN, she co-produces Asia Pacific Forum, a pan-Asian radio show on Pacifica’s WBAI 99.5 FM in New York. Silky has also served as an outreach organizer at Democracy Now! and as an organizer and board member at Grassroots Leadership.

Rev. Allison Harrington: is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has been the pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona since January of 2009. Southside Presbyterian Church was one of the founding churches of the Sanctuary Movement and continues in that tradition through its social justice ministries most notably the Samaritans, a humanitarian organization that provides aid to migrants in the desert and the Southside Worker Center which provides a safe place for day laborers to wait for work as well as numerous opportunities to organize for migrant rights.

Since arriving in Arizona, Reverend Harrington has been organizing with other faith communities for the rights of migrants particularly in light of anti-immigrant legislation such as SB1070. Southside is proud to be a plaintiff in the Friendly House vs. Whiting law suit against SB1070.

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  1. jay brown permalink
    April 25, 2012 11:18 am

    So are we supposed to just hand our country over? I dont like everything about 1070, but we cant just let lawbreakers slide

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