Arizona’s Border Action Network: Next Steps Against 1070

The following strategies and next steps in the fight against SB1070 are from Arizona’s Border Action Network:

1) Taking it to the Courts: Today, the Arizona ACLU, MALDEF and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) are holding a press conference to announce the legal challenges and request for injunctive relief. The law will come into effect 90 days after the Arizona legislature adjourns, which it’s expected to do Thursday, April 29th. An injunction, if granted by the court, would block the law’s implementation until the court can hear the larger legal challenge.

2) Arizona Boycott Clearinghouse: In the coming days, a new website will be launched that lists the companies that support SB1070 and its sponsors and those that are publicly opposed to it. Boycotts are being called all around the world. We need to know about them! The site, which is being run by Somos America -a great Phoenix-based coalition of nearly 30 organizations! -will be tracking who is doing what, where and when so that we can quantify the impact of all your actions.

3) President Obama: Invalidate SB1070! Go to AltoArizona.com to send a message to the Administration that they must take action against this law. President Obama can issue an Executive Order and he can instruct federal agencies not to cooperate with Arizona. http://www.altoarizona.com

4) We’re Not Going to Obey! Working with groups across the state, we will be kicking off a campaign in which you pledge not to obey this unjust and illegal law. We will pack the jails if we need to and we will turn around and bring charges against the agencies that violate our Constitutional rights. Soon, you will be able to sign a pledge, receive cards that you can give law enforcement and a packet you can use to encourage local law enforcement not to participate in implementing SB1070.

5) Infórmate, Prepárate y Únete/Get Informed, Prepared and United: We are working furiously to pull together a bilingual popular-education campaign that explains what the law says, what our rights are in relation to it, how to be prepared if we are detained and how to report any incidents and find resources. From radio, tv, print, online and in schools, churches, neighborhood centers near you, we will get the word out clearly and quickly what this law means to each and everyone of us.

6) Take to the Polls! We need your help to make this year the most effective, coordinated year of voter mobilization. Border Action Network and many other groups are fanning out to ensure that you, your friends and neighbors are registered, informed and turn out to vote this year. To volunteer, contact us at ban@borderaction.org

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