¡Alto Arizona! is a response to Arizona Senate Bill 1070. We are calling on President Obama to intervene in Arizona.
On Friday, April 23rd, Governor Jan Brewer joined the ranks of George Wallace and others like him who sought to gain political advantage by encouraging hatred and bigotry. And while Brewer and Sheriff Joe Arpaio may have written themselves into the history books by supporting this repugnant law, they will appear as nothing more than a footnote. Indeed, this chapter of history will be written by the millions of immigrants who assert their place in the American story like all others who came before them. This chapter will be written by a new generation of fearless leaders. It will be written by all of us.
Arizona's immigrant community is organizing and mounting the political, legal, and economic pressure needed to restore constitutional protections to the state. They need the nation's help to change the federal policy that allowed for the formation of SB 1070. The simple fact is that the President of the United States has the moral authority and legal obligation to intervene and put an end to SB 1070. We are drawing a line in the sand in Arizona to stop hate before it spreads across the country.
NUESTRO PUENTE/BRIDGE IS A HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENT...
That works to resurrect our humanity by teaching and learning to eradicate intolerance when it presents itself at individual, economic, political, social and religious settings affecting our daily existence.
PUENTE ADHERES TO THE PRINCIPLES OF NON-VIOLENCE...
In harmony with nature. Through the energy of the movement transformed into actions we confront all forms of oppression. We gaze upon ourselves and the results of our actions as individuals, as a group, and as a conglomeration of families and organizations. We have come to the realization that disguised as migratory laws and regulations oppression reigns supreme and dehumanization is the resulting product.
PUENTE IS A BRIDGE TO ALL SPIRITUAL EXPRESSIONS.
It is a spiritual movement connected to humanity through the four elements of wind, water, earth, and fire. It is through these elements that we seek and find the spiritual awareness to work toward our own collective transformation.
PUENTE IS A SERPENTINE BRIDGE...
Made of many natural strands weaved into ropes that span the abyss anchored in the stone of old, making it possible for communities to come together and share as human beings. Like the bridges of old, it is not rigid but sways and adapts to the physical weight and the natural wind as we gingerly step firmly on the strands of natural fiber made into ropes wound around each other to help us reach our destiny. It is a Movement anchored in the rock of tradition but flexible enough to withstand the strongest winds over the abyss of ignorance, hate, and dangerous political currents threatening our very existence as human beings.
NDLON's mission is to improve the lives of day laborers in the United States. NDLON unifies and strengthens its member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights. NDLON fosters safer and more humane environments for day laborers, both men and women, to earn a living, contribute to society, and to integrate into the community.
NDLON's vision aspires to live in a world of diverse communities where day laborers live with full rights and responsibilities in an environment of mutual respect, peace, harmony and justice.
WE URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO:
Reassert the federal government's exclusive control over immigration law by making clear that state and local police do not have the inherent authority to enforce immigration law.
Immediately suspend and terminate all police-ICE partnerships, including 287(g) agreements and the so-called "Secure Communities" initiative.
- Direct the Department of Homeland Security to refuse to take custody of anyone charged with violating provisions of SB 1070.
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