Archive for May, 2010

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Friends and Allies,

On May 1st, over 6,000 immigrants and allies marched against the racist Arizona law SB1070 and for a just immigration reform. We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who joined us, and helped make the event such a success!

Unfortunately, it seems not everyone got the message. Just a few days later Republicans introduced a copycat bill in Minnesota; just like Arizona’s, it would turn racial profiling into law.

The time has come for the next step.

An alliance of Minnesota immigrants and their allies are launching a campaign to show the right wing extremists that we will not tolerate hateful Arizona style laws in Minnesota.

Boycott Arizona – Minnesota! (BAM!) has 3 goals:

1. Help to Repeal SB1070 in Arizona by encouraging individuals, organizations, and businesses to boycott Arizona.
2. Stop the copycat bill in Minnesota and fight existing programs already tearing our families apart, terrorizing anyone who looks “suspicious”.
3. Push for a real solution to this broken system – federal immigration reform with legalization and full equality.

May 29th is the national day of action against SB1070 and immigrants rights advocates around the country will be taking to the streets to demand an end to hateful policies that criminalize our communities. In solidarity with Arizona, and the Minnesota immigrant community threatened by similar laws here; we will be kicking off the BAM! campaign.

WHEN: 12pm, May 29th, 2010

WHERE: The Bishop Henry Whippler Federal Building – 1 Federal Drive St Paul, MN 55111

Afterwards we will march to nearby Fort Snelling to unite with our indigenous Dakota brothers and sisters in solidarity with their demand to take down the fort and 515 years of resistance to colonization.

You can find more information about the protest here: http://may29resistance.wordpress.com/

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Minnesota is not Arizona!

See you on May 29th!

In Solidarity,


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To get involved with BAM! Or for more info contact: BAMinnesota@gmail.com


Amigos y Aliados,

Este 1ro de mayo más de 6,000 inmigrantes y aliados marcharon en Minneapolis contra la ley racista de Arizona SB1070 y para una reforma migratoria justa. Queremos extender un INMENSO gracias a tod@s l@s que se unieron y ayudaron a hacer de la marcha un gran éxito.

Desafortunadamente parece que no todos recibieron el mensaje ya que justo unos días después los republicanos en Minnesota introdujeron una ley casi idéntica a la ley de Arizona que convierte a la discriminación en ley.

Llegó la hora para el próximo paso:

Una alianza de inmigrantes y aliados de Minnesota están lanzando una campaña para demostrar que nosotros no toleraremos leyes al estilo de Arizona aquí en Minnesota.

¡Boicotee Arizona – Minnesota! (BAM)! y tiene 3 objetivos:

1. Ayudar a eliminar la ley SB1070 en Arizona por animar individuos, organizaciones y negocios al boicot de Arizona

2. Parar la implementación de la misma ley en Minnesota y luchar programas existentes que ya esta destruyendo a familias y aterrorizando a cualquier persona que parece “sospechosa”

3. Empujar para una solución real a este sistema roto–reforma migratoria a nivel federal con legalización e igualdad total.

El 29 de mayo es el día nacional de acción contra la ley SB1070 y los aliados de los derechos de inmigrantes alrededor del país tomarán las calles para demandar un fin a políticas odiosas que criminalice nuestras comunidades. Lanzaremos nuestra campaña BAM! en una protesta afuera del edificio federal Whippler.

FECHA: 12 pm, 29 de mayo, 2010

LUGAR: En el Bishop Henry Whippler Federal Building – 1 Federal Drive St Paul, MN 55111

Después marcharemos al Fort Snelling para unirnos con nuestros hermanos y hermanas indígenas y Dakota en solidaridad con 515 años de resistencia a la colonización.

Puede encontrar más información sobre la protesta aquí: http://may29resistance.wordpress.com/

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Minnesota no es Arizona!

¡Nos vemos el 29 de Mayo!

En solidaridad,


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Para involuncrarse con BAM! O para mas informacion Email: BAMinnesota@gmail.com


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This new video by Minneapolis hip hop artist Toki Wright, a remake of Public Enemy’s classic ‘By the Time I Get to Arizona’, was filmed at the Minneapolis May 1st march. Check it out and spread it around!

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MINNEAPOLIS – Over 6,000 march to Convention Center to protest against any politicians who supports the passing of Arizona’s unilateral law SB1070, which allows local police to demand “papers” from anyone that looks like an “undocumented immigrant” and to send a clear message that Legalization for All is imperative and Minnesotan families will not be torn apart by racist laws such as the SB 1070.

“SB 1070 is a human rights catastrophe. The SB1070 makes racism the law.; Immigrants and all people of conscience in Minnesota will not stand for any gubernatorial candidates in MN that support it,” Said community leader Josefina Franco. “Thousands of people in Arizona have been protesting non-stop since the bill passed. Even police officers in Arizona say the SB 1070 is impossible to be properly enforced.”

The march comes as a joint effort to press Congress and President Obama to support full legalization, an end to raids and deportations, and legislation based on equal rights for all this year. The march will also show strong and united opposition to any possibilities of anti-immigrant and racist laws passing in MN such as the SB1070. Last month many thousands gathered at the National Mall to express the urgency of a reform of our unjust immigration law system, the same place where President Obama publicly committed to work on a plan for reform by the end of the year.

“The debate around immigration reform needs to stop focusing on enforcement and instead focus on acceptance, inclusion and equal rights for all who live and work in this country.” Said Gerania Mata from Workers Interfaith Network

The MayDay Coalition is made up of over 40 organizations committed to protect human, and worker rights in unity and solidarity.

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