Week of Action to Protest Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law
July 29, 2010 marks the enactment date of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070. Across Michigan, supporters of just immigration reform are taking action to demand the repeal of SB 1070 and to oppose proposed copycat legislation here in Michigan.
Importantly, many events will highlight the Reform Immigration for America – Michigan coalition’s new immigrants’ rights voter registration campaign. It is not enough to simply protest, but we must build the power in the field to earn the justice we deserve.
July 28, Grand Rapids: “Vigil for Immigration Reform” organized by Justice for Our Neighbors and the Christian Reform Church Office of Social Justice
Clergy and members of the community will hold a prayer vigil in solidarity with the people of Arizona, and ask participants to lay down their hopes for the future in footprints along a “path to citizenship.” This path will later be delivered to members of Congress by allies.
July 28th, 5:30 PM, Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 303 Pearl Street, Grand Rapids
July 29, Holland: Vigil & Screening of “Papers” organized by Latin Americans United for Progress
“Papers” documents the experiences of undocumented youth, young people who are American in every way except for a piece of paper. After the screening, LAUP will host a community dialogue about the struggles undocumented youth face.
Papers: July 29, 7:00 PM, Park Theater, 248 West River, Holland
Vigil: July 29, 6:00 PM, Centennial Park (tentative), Holland
July 29, Detroit: Michigan Immigrants Rights Voter Project Canvass
In response to SB 1070, local immigrants’ rights organizers have announced the start of the “Michigan Immigrants Rights Voter Project,” a campaign to register 10,000 new immigrants’ rights voters. The campaign will begin with canvassers departing from Clark Park at 11:00 AM.
July 29, 11:00 AM, Clark Park, North Shelter, Southwest Detroit
July 29, Detroit: Prayer Vigil in Solidarity with Arizona organized by One Michigan
After a day of action, the vigil will be an opportunity to reflect, pray, and gather as community to discuss our work. Families who have been affected by the broken immigration system will tell their stories, and draw strength from the assembled community.
July 29, 8:30 PM, Clark Park Amphitheater, Southwest Detroit
July 29, Detroit: March Against SB 1070 organized by the Detroit Local Organizing Committee of the US Social Forum
Members of the USSF will hold a march and picket in front of the Detroit Federal Building, demanding a repeal of SB 1070 and encouraging Major League Baseball to move the 2011 All-Star Game, currently scheduled to be played in Phoenix, Arizona.
July 29, 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM, McNamara Federal Building, 477 East Michigan Avenue, Detroit
July 29, Lansing: Press Conference Against SB 1070 organized by Gamaliel Lansing
Community and faith leaders will gather to condemn SB 1070, and demand just, humane, comprehensive immigration reform.
July 29, 10:00 AM, Cristo Rey Church, 201 West Miller Road, Lansing.
Contact: Leigh Fifelski, 248.321.4579, [email protected]
Sally Kim, 347.547.8579, [email protected]