Thursday, July 22, 2010

ARIZONA: Trinity Cathedral to host July 29 prayer vigil as part of immigration law protest

From ELO-

Local and national activists are planning an ecumenical prayer service at Phoenix's Trinity Episcopal Cathedral as part of a "Day of Non Compliance" on July 29, when Arizona's controversial immigration law is to go into effect.

The Rev. Canon Carmen B. Guerrero, canon for peace and justice ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, a vocal opponent of the SB1070 legislation which aims to detain and deport undocumented persons, confirmed that the cathedral will host a 6 a.m. prayer vigil on July 29.

A coalition of community activists called for boycotts, civil disobedience and nationwide protests against the law at a July 21 press conference on the steps of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in downtown Phoenix.

They intend to demonstrate, even if a federal judge, who is scheduled to hear legal arguments July 22 against the law, grants an injunction preventing SB1070 from going into effect, according to a statement to the media.

"On July 29, we will not comply with unjust laws," said former Arizona state senator Alfredo Gutierrez of Somos America, who called for civil disobedience at the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Somos America is an advocacy group for equal rights for immigrant communities in Arizona.

Carlos Garcia of the Puente Movement said, "In Maricopa County, we've been living under SB1070 conditions with the law in effect," according to a statement released to the media.

"The judge's decision will not stop the rampant racial profiling, extreme terror, inhumane detention, and persecution lived under Sheriff Arpaio and others like him who abuse their power under the guise of 'immigration and enforcement.' Our community's response will continue to grow until real justice comes to Arizona."

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