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CHARGES AGAINST FOUR SB1070 PROTESTERS HAVE BEEN DROPPED

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Dec 16, 2010

UUA Pres. Rev. Peter Morales and UUCP Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray Were Among Those Arrested While Protesting SB1070

UUA Pres. Rev. Peter Morales and UUCP Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray Were Among Those Arrested While Protesting SB1070. Their Cases are Pending.

Four individuals arrested in Phoenix in July during the National Day of Non-Compliance were scheduled today for trial hearings at the Maricopa County Courthouse.  All charges for these four protesters were dropped!

Other individuals who were arrested protesting the inhumane, racist, anti-immigrant law are scheduled to appear in court in January. There is no word about any change in their cases as of yet, but we will keep you posted.
 
Said Sun Principe, Social Justice Director at the UU Congregation of Phoenix:
 

It is entirely possible that the prosecutor did not want to invest time in turning out four more Not Guilty verdicts. Oddly, this change occurred about an hour after I had notified a local TV news crew that many people would be present at the courthouse, standing on the side of love in a public way. There is possibly no connection, but the timing is interesting.

The defendants’ day in court would give them an opportunity to make a statement about why they chose civil disobedience and arrest. We look forward to any opportunity to highlight for the world the abuses taking place in Arizona. So, too, do we welcome any confirmation that to protest that which is inhumane does not make one a criminal, or guilty. These individuals were engaged in warning the public of an even greater crime that was happening with SB1070 and Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s raids.

Let us keep our focus on calling our Senators and asking them to pass the DREAM Act. We must take a stand against the continued deportation of innocent people who were brought to this country as children, who grew up here, and were educated here. Part of Immigration Reform is the realization that we cannot deport more than 12 million people and fight a war on our border. We need change and we need it now.  The local immigrants here are treated worse than we even imagined. That is why the courageous 89 people arrested on July 29, 2010 took a stand on the side of love.

All of us in Arizona ask for the continued support of the UU Community in asking the Department of Justice to investigate the human rights abuses that are happening in here.
 
Let us remember what the July 29 protesters were standing on the side of love for.

4 Responses to “CHARGES AGAINST FOUR SB1070 PROTESTERS HAVE BEEN DROPPED”

  1. Margy Angle says:

    Well stated! The cases dropped relate to police arrests on the morning of July 29, 2010 in front of the Wells Fargo building where Sheriff Arpaio has offices, although he has been evicted. The cases of Rev Peter Morales and Rev Susan Frederick-Gray resulting from arrests at the 4th Avenue Jail by Arpaio’s stormtroopers are proceeding on a much slower time frame in the Maricopa County Justice Courts, a Judicial branch of AZ State courts.

  2. Eric Flores says:

    I don’t care why the charges were dropped. I am just glad they were. The whole thing was crazy, and uncalled for. A lot like Maricopa county’s sherrif Joe.

  3. [...] CHARGES AGAINST FOUR SB1070 PROTESTERS HAVE BEEN DROPPED [...]

  4. That was one outcome I hoped standing trial might have. Standing up for justice is no crime. It is our obligation, both as Unitarian Universalists and as citizens.

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