Archive for the ‘Arizona’ Category

AZ Border Patrol HQ Sit-in

21 May 2010

TUCSON, Arizona – Around 16 allies and indigenous peoples are engaged in a sit-in at the Border Patrol Headquarters at the Davis Monthan Air Force Base as of 1:15pm today in opposition to SB 1070 and HB 2281.

A local news station is suggesting that there are 6-8 people chained together in a sit-in. Another local news station is suggesting at least 15-20 protesting, and that the office doors are locked up.

UPDATE:

4:40pm: The demonstrators have been removed, cited for trespass, and released.

from rootforce:

PRESS RELEASE

Friday, May 21, 2010
For Immediate Release

Media Contact:  Leilani Clark (520) 982-5687

OCCUPATION OF BORDER PATROL HEADQUARTERS DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, TUCSON, AZ

1st NATIONS AND MIGRANTS OPPOSE SB1070; DEMAND DIGNITY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND END TO BORDER MILITARIZATION

“The militarized border imposed by the U.S. has led only to cultural and environmental destruction of the indigenous peoples whose land is on or near the border. This militarization brings death and terror for indigenous peoples from other parts of the continent migrating to this land.”

Tucson, AZ – More than a dozen people occupied Border Patrol headquarters at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base today in an act of peaceful resistance. The group includes members of Indigenous Nations of Arizona, migrants, people of color and white allies. Six people used chains and other devices to lock themselves in the building. These Arizona residents disrupted the Border Patrol operations to demand that Border Patrol (BP), Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), their parent entity, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Obama administration end militarization of the border, end the criminalization of immigrant communities, and end their campaign of terror which tear families apart through increasing numbers of raids and deportations. (more…)

Tucson, AZ: Students walkout, storm state building

15 May 2010

from Arizona Indymedia:

On Tuesday, May 11 Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed HB2281, a bill that legally prohibits ethnic studies programs from Arizona public schools, equating such classes with sedition and removing state funding from districts that offer them.

On the morning of May 12th state superintendent Tom Horne, who for years has advocated eliminating ethnic studies, tried to hold a meeting with Tucson Unified School District officials to discuss the district’s curriculum. Rumors began circulating around 10:00 a.m. among Jr. high and high school students that Horne was in Tucson to immediately “pull the plug” on their classes.

In response, more than 700 spontaneously walked-out of their classes, with participants from Rincon, Cholla, Tucson and Pueblo high schools. Students then marched to TUSD headquarters and proceeded to surround the building and blockade the entrances to prevent Horne from entering. Shortly thereafter, school district officials canceled their meeting, claiming that Horne, who is running for state Attorney General, had turned it into “a political event”. (more…)