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MIRAc/BAM!:  Bolton ruling on SB1070 is a “wonderful first step” but just the beginning, Thursday protest in St. Paul demanding justice in Arizona goes forward

(Wednesday July 28, 2010) Minneapolis—Following the ruling by U.S, District Judge Susan Bolton that has temporarily blocked the implementation of four key sections of S.B. 1070, pending additional judicial review, the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc) and the Boycott Arizona-MN (BAM!) campaign issued the following statement:

“Our planned rally 6:00 p.m. tomorrow night at the Minnesota state capitol will go on as planned. The ruling is a wonderful first step, but it doesn’t go far enough. SB1070 needs to be fully repealed, not just have a few parts of it temporarily delayed. We are united in opposing this law—and copycat bills introduced elsewhere like Minnesota’s HF3830—that impose a new system of Jim Crow-like laws. We agree with this section of Judge Bolton’s opinion :

“There is a substantial likelihood that officers will wrongfully arrest legal resident aliens under the new (law),” Bolton ruled. “By enforcing this statute, Arizona would impose a ‘distinct, unusual and extraordinary’ burden on legal resident aliens that only the federal government has the authority to impose.”

It’s good that the ruling temporarily stops some of the worst parts of SB1070. But there’s a much larger problem. We will continue our fight on the national level for legalization for all and for a stop to raids and deportations that are tearing apart families daily. Moreover, we seek a repeal of NAFTA and other similar corporate trade agreements that have devastated economies in both the U.S., by sending jobs overseas, and in Mexico and throughout Latin America, forcing massive numbers of people to migrate to the U.S. to provide for themselves and their families.

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The injunction:

http://www.azd.uscourts.gov/azd/courtinfo.nsf/983700DFEE44B56B0725776E005D6CCB/$file/10-1413-87.pdf?openelement

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*Please Forward Widely*

(Espanol abajo)

Last night, some left the hearing in tears as Lino Lakes became the first city in Minnesota to pass an “English-only” law.  Under the ordinance, government money cannot be spent to translate city documents and all town meetings must be in English with no translation.  This is the latest outrageous attack on immigrants and people of color that comes as Arizona prepares to enact SB1070 this Thursday, a law that will require police to “check the papers” of anyone who looks like an immigrant.

We no longer afford to stand by and watch as our communities face an all out assault by blatantly racist forces that want to see families torn apart.  There is too much at stake with the SB1070 copycat bill HF3830 here in Minnesota, along with other programs like 287g and the Criminal Alien Program that turn local police into immigration agents.

Please join us this Thursday, July 29th at 6:00pm at the State Capitol to stand up with people all over the country and say NO to this wave of hateful anti-immigrant extremism that threatens Arizona, Minnesota, and the entire nation.

More info on the rally: http://bit.ly/aBDr4E

Ya Basta!

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http://mirac1.wordpress.com/

http://bamcampaign.wordpress.com/

More info on the English only measure: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/lino-lakes-to-vote-on-english-only-resolution-july-26-2010

*Espanol*

La noche de ayer, algunas personas salieron de la audiencia con llanto ya que Lino Lakes se ha convertido en la primer ciudad en Minnesota que aprueba una ley de “English-only”(o “Aquí solo hablamos Ingles”). Bajo esta ordenanza, el dinero del gobierno no puede ser utilizado para traducir documentos de la ciudad y las reuniones municipales deben de ser en Ingles y sin traducción. Este es el ataque mas vergonzoso contra los inmigrantes y la gente de color. Al mismo tiempo Arizona se prepara para promulgar la SB1070 este Jueves, una ley que va a requerir que la policía “revise los papeles” de cualquiera que parezca inmigrante.

No podemos esperar mas y ver como nuestras comunidades se enfrentan a asaltos por fuerzas racistas descaradas que quieren ver a las familias separadas. Hay mucho en juego con la propuesta de ley copiona del SB1070 aquí en Minnesota que lleva como titulo la HF3830, y con otros programas tales como: la 287g y el Criminal Alien Program la cual autoriza a la policia local para actuar como la migra.

Por favor acompañenos este Jueves 29 de Julio a las 6:00p.m. en el Capitolio Estatal para estar con la gente alrededor del país y decir No a la escalada de odio extremista, antiinmigrante que amenaza a Arizona, Minnesota y a la nación entera.

Para mas informacion del mitin: http://bit.ly/aBDr4E

Ya Basta!

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http://mirac1.wordpress.com/

http://bamcampaign.wordpress.com/

Mas informacion acerca de la medida de “English Only”: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/lino-lakes-to-vote-on-english-only-resolution-july-26-2010

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Minnesota Says “NO” — National Day of Action Against SB1070
July 29 · 6:00pm – 7:30pm
State Capitol, St. Paul MN

Tell Minnesota to STOP the spread of racist, anti-immigrant laws!
NO to SB1070, NO to HF3830, NO to secure communities, NO to 287g!

July 29th is the day SB1070 is set to go into effect. Our community is calling for us to take to the streets and show Minnesota that we will not stand for these hateful laws and demand a real solution to this broken system – federal immigration reform with legalization and full equality.

These laws do not address reform in a productive way. Instead, they tear families apart, criminalize our mothers, deport our brothers, and arrest our neighbors. It’s time we say- ENOUGH!

Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc)

http://mirac1.wordpress.com

Boycott Arizona-MN (BAM!) Campaign

http://bamcampaign.wordpress.com

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Minnesota dice NO – Dia nacional de accion en contra de SB1070
29 de julio · 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Capitolio estatal, St. Paul, MN

Diga a Minnesota: ALTO a la extencion de leyes racistas y antiinmigrantes!
NO a SB1070, NO a HF3830, NO a la ley “comunidades seguras”, NO a 287g!

El 29 de julio es el día en el que SB1070 entrará en efecto. Nuestra comunidad nos llama a salir a las calles y mostrar que en Minnesota no vamos a tolerar estas leyes odiosas y vamos a exigir una verdadera solución al sistema roto – una reforma migratoria nacional con legalización e igualdad completa.

Estas leyes no abordan el tema de la reforma de una manera productiva. En lugar de una reforma, dividen familias, criminalizan a nuestras madres, deportan a nuestros hermanos, y detienen a nuestros vecinos. Ya llegó la hora de decir – ¡BASTA!

Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc)

http://mirac1.wordpress.com

Boycott Arizona-MN (BAM!) Campaign

http://bamcampaign.wordpress.com

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Comunicado Urgente

Miércoles, 14 de Julio del 2010

Bajo la Presión de un Boicot Local, la Franquicia de Jimmy John’s Condena la Ley de Arizona SB1070, y Ademas Llama a que se de una Reforma Migratoria Humana y Justa

En una Victoria para  el movimiento local de los derechos del inmigrante, Boycott Arizona-Minnesota! Ha tenido éxito en poner presión a una franquicia de Jimmy John’s para que hiciera una denuncia publica contra la ley de inmigración de Arizona SB1070, y un llamado a una reforma migratoria humana, justa y comprensiva.

En una declaración dada a conocer hoy, el presidente de MikLin Enterprises, Michael Mulligan quien también es el dueño de nueve locales de Jimmy John’s escribe la siguiente carta:

A quien corresponda:

La MikLin Enterprises, Inc. es una franquicia familiar y local de Jimmy John’s. Nosotros empleamos cerca de 200 personas sin importar la raza, genero, nacionalidad, o preferencia sexual. Nosotros rechazamos la SB1070 de Arizona y hacemos un llamado al gobierno federal para que esta mala ley sea repelida. Nosotros estamos de acuerdo con una reforma migratoria humana y justa.

Michael L. Mulligan

Desde Junio, Boycott Arizona-Minnesota! Ha montado una campaña de información y piquete para hacer conciencia publica acerca de las contribuciones de Jimmy John’s a políticos anti inmigrantes de Arizona como lo son Joe Arpaio y John McCain, quienes son acérrimos defensores de la SB1070. Se tuvo como enfoque la franquicia de Minneapolis MikLin Enterprises, Inc.

Después de un mes de piquetes semanales, el presidente de MikLin Michale Mulligan finalmente cedió ante las demandas y firmo el documento.

Una organizadora de la campaña Boycott Arizona-Minnesota, Ana Vasquez dijo acerca de esta victoria:

Esta Victoria pone presión a la corporación Jimmy John’s para que dejen de dar dinero a demagogos controversiales y anti inmigrantes, esto nos demuestra el poder y efectividad de los boicots. De esta forma se envía un mensaje claro a los negocios y políticos de que no vamos a tolerar ataques racistas hacia la comunidad inmigrante, ni en Minnesota ni en ninguna otra parte en este país!

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Campaña de Boicot Arizona-MN (BAM!)
http://bamcampaign.wordpress.com

Comité de los Derechos del Inmigrante (MIRAc)
http://mirac1.wordpress.com

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For Immediate Release

Wednesday,  July 14th,  2010

Under Pressure from Local Boycott, Jimmy Johns Franchise Condemns AZ Law SB1070, Calls for Just and Humane Immigration Reform

In a victory for the local immigrant rights movement, Boycott Arizona-Minnesota! has succeeded in pressuring a local Jimmy John’s franchise to publicly denounce the controversial Arizona immigration law SB1070, and call for a just and humane comprehensive immigration reform.

In a statement released today, MikLin Enterprises president, and owner of nine local Jimmy John’s branches, Michael Mulligan writes:

To Whom It May Concern:

MikLin Enterprises, Inc. is a local family owned Jimmy John’s franchisee.  We employ nearly 200 people without regard to race, gender, national origin or sexual preference.  We reject Arizona’s SB1070 and urge the federal government to repeal this misguided law.  We support the passage of just and humane comprehensive immigration reform.”

Michael L. Mulligan
President, MikLin Enterprises, Inc

Since June, Boycott Arizona-Minnesota! has mounted an informational picketing campaign to raise public awareness about Jimmy John’s financial contributions to anti-immigrant Arizona politicians like Joe Arpaio and John McCain, who are staunch supporters of SB1070, by focusing on the chain’s Minneapolis franchise, MikLin Enterprises, Inc.

After a month of weekly pickets, MikLin president Michael Mulligan finally caved to their demands and sign the statement.

Boycott Arizona-Minnesota organizer Ana Vasquez said of their success:

This victory adds pressure to Jimmy John’s corporate to stop giving money to controversial anti-immigrant demagogues, and demonstrates the power and effectiveness of grassroots boycotts.  It sends a clear message to businesses and politicians that we will not tolerate racist attacks on the immigrant community in Minnesota, or anywhere in this country!

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