Crossing the Bridge for Immigrants’ Rights

Sakura Kelley Aug 3, 2010

Last week Arizona’s law legalizing racial profiling, known as SB 1070, went into effect. Hundreds of people rallied and marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in solidarity with immigrants July 29, demanding just and humane immigration reform that places human rights over increased enforcement. Immigrant communities, elected officials anditizens gathered to condemn SB 1070 — which many have likened to the racial segregation laws of the past — as a clear violation of the most basic civil and human rights. The demonstration was organized by a broad coalition of activist groups, including The New Sanctuary Movement, Families for Freedom, DRUM-Desis Rising Up & Moving and the American Friends Service Committee.

Community News Production Institute reporters Abdulai Bah and Christine Lewis were also there to file this report.

WE ARE ALL ARIZONA: Hundred of demonstrators marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on Thursday calling for the repeal of Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, SB 1070, which took effect the same day. PHOTO: SAKURA KELLEY

CROSSING BRIDGES: Immigrants and allies from a variety of groups — including VAMOS Unidos, Wind of the Spirit and the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights — marched in solidarity with immigrant communities in Arizona. Many groups spoke out against the possibility of copycat legislation. PHOTO: SAKURA KELLEY

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