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As SB1070 Heads Back to Court, SSL’ers Stand in Solidarity with Arizonans Against the Racist Law

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Nov 02, 2010


On short notice, at least a dozen SSL activists answered the call to put on their yellow “love” shirts and joins hundreds of others who oppose SB 1070 for a Monday morning interfaith march and rally against Arizona’s anti-immigrant law. On Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in United States v. State of Arizona to determine whether or not the injunction against key provisions of SB 1070 law should be lifted. In July, U.S. Judge Susan Bolton placed an injunction on the parts of the law passed by the Arizona legislature and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer that she deemed unconstitutional.

Starr King School for the Ministry student Suzi Spangenberg recruited and coordinated the volunteers. “In recruiting UUs for this public witness,” said Spangenberg, “I thought I would be preaching to the choir about the need to stand up against laws like SB 1070. I actually found that there are so many opportunities for education just within our own community.”

The march began at St. Patrick’s Church and traveled to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where a small group of SB 1070 supporters tried all they could do to incite violence, according to Spangenberg. “Those of us protesting SB 1070 tried hard not to react,” she said, “and we did a good job of not engaging with them and truly standing on the side of love.”


UUs traveled from as far as San Diego to stand on the side of love and against racism. Spangenberg was joined by fellow Starr King seminarian Rose Vera, who provided medic coverage for the march, and Peter Wilson, of Santa Rosa, Ca., who was among those arrested this July in Phoenix with a Standing on the Side of Love group participating in acts of civil disobedience. Rev. Jaqueline Duhart, Assoc. Minister of Community Engagement at the First UU Church of Oakland, showed up with the SSL banner.

“All in all, this was incredibly positive,” said Spangenberg. “The rally stretched out several blocks as we marched. There was a lot of singing, families and children who made their own signs, and a real sense of community and appreciation for those of us who showed up in solidarity. A group that traveled from Arizona expressed their profound appreciation for the love we showed. In fact, Carlos Garcia from Puente spoke out very eloquently on camera about how much he appreciates the support of UUs across the country who came to Arizona this summer, and those here in the Bay Area.”

According to ABC News, “The three-judge panel now will decide whether all or parts of the law should be reinstated or struck down. The case ultimately could reach the U.S. Supreme Court. Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department, which brought the case against Arizona in July, have argued the law violates the supremacy clause of the Constitution. In her ruling, Judge Bolton agreed, ruling that enforcement of the most contentious provisions of the law would preempt the federal government’s exclusive authority to set and implement a national immigration policy. Some parts of the law have taken effect, including criminalizing state officials interfering with or refraining from enforcement of federal immigration laws. It is also illegal to pick up and transport day laborers across the state, or to give a ride to or harbor an illegal alien. A vehicle used to transport an illegal alien can be impounded.”

The L.A. Times Reported: “The 9th Circuit judges chosen randomly to hear Arizona’s appeal are John Noonan, an appointee of Ronald Reagan and a moderate; Richard Paez, a Bill Clinton appointee and the son of Mexican immigrants; and Carlos Bea, an appointee of George W. Bush who was born in Spain and once was ordered deported from the United States. Bea appealed and won.”

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3 Responses to “As SB1070 Heads Back to Court, SSL’ers Stand in Solidarity with Arizonans Against the Racist Law”

  1. Glenda Cosenza says:

    I visited your wonderful congregation this past Sunday and I am so excited I may live in Phoenix in the next few years and become an active member. I am so grateful to those of you who are standing on the side of love. I/we are with you here in Illinois!

  2. Montana says:

    “Prop. 200”, “House Bill 2013″ and “SB1070″

    0 = Arizona
    3 = USA/ Our Constitution/ We the People of the United States

    We are a country that is ruled by the Constitution (with all Amendments), and the Declaration of Independence, not by the majority of the day. When the uneducated do not know the principles in these documents, therein lays the problem in losing, so no one should be surprised when the dullards lose in court after being smartly challenged.

    Last month of October 2010, our Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Arizona’s requirement that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote or the 2004, “Prop. 200”. In the month of July 2010, our U.S. Federal courts have found the so called State of Arizona hate filled legislation namely “House Bill 2013″ and “SB1070″ Un-constitution (So much for the intellect of Jan Brewer, “Did you read the bills you signed?”). But we all know that they will go crying to the Supreme Court of the United States, please, please, please go. We will fight you in Arizona, any other state, and yes in Washington DC. We will not tire, we will not be silent and we will persevere, I promise you.

    In my opinion the Republican Party has been taken over the most extreme of clans; the Baggers, Birthers and Blowhards (people who love to push their beliefs and hate on others while trying to take away the rights of those they just hate) and that’s who they need to extract from their party if they real want to win in November. Good Luck, because as they said in WACO, “We Ain’t Coming Out”.

    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of these laws, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO! You were all wrong then and you are wrong now!

    I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by people of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all people are created equal, and that the rights of every person are diminished when the rights of one person are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis people of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some people comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

  3. Christine says:

    You people are idiots, and traitors to this country. It is patently clear that you do not know the meaning of the term racist, as you were unable to use it correctly in the pap above. Illegal is not a race. No more family separation? Try not breaking our laws. Will you next be petitioning to have prisons eradicated, on the basis of ending family separation?

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