Support the 5 Minneapolis Move-the-Game Arrestees
And support ongoing immigrant rights organizing in Minnesota
On August 11 in Minneapolis, five people put their bodies on the line to fight Arizona’s racist, anti-immigrant law SB1070. Now they need your support. The arrests generated national headlines (http://bit.ly/miracmedia11aug) but have left the five with court fines. Please visit http://bit.ly/miracdonate to make a donation to their legal fees and to ongoing immigrant rights organizing in Minnesota.
Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner Bud Selig and MLB team owners were at a downtown Minneapolis hotel for an annual meeting. The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc) teamed up with MoveTheGame.org, Centro Campesino, and Presente.org to organize a protest.
A delegation of five of the protesters — Molly Glasgow (MIRAc), Ryan Bittner (MIRAc), Tracy Molm (U of M SDS), Mia Overly (U of M SDS) and Erick Boustead (independent media) — entered the Graves Hotel lobby carrying boxes filled with 110,000 signature petitions to Selig demanding that the 2011 All-Star Game be moved out of Arizona unless the state repeals SB1070. They were immediately stopped by police and were arrested within minutes.
The five arrestees were initially charged with misdemeanor trespassing. Four were reduced to petty misdemeanors, but they were denied a community service option and have to pay over $250 in fines each. The fifth person is still being charged with misdemeanor trespassing, so if his charge isn’t reduced his fine could be up to $1000.
As a result of their arrests, the August 11 protest extensive local coverage, and even broke into the national press. The story was on USA Today’s MLB page, NBC Sports Hardball Talk blog, and was on the front page of ESPN.com all day that day, generating over 1300 comments.
The protest, and especially the dramatic arrest of five people who were simply trying to deliver petitions to Bud Selig, had an impact that helped the movement as a whole. Now it’s time for the movement to support them to help pay the legal fines they received as a result of the protest.
Please consider making a donation. MIRAc is an all-volunteer organization so any money you contribute will go directly to help cover their legal fines, and to support MIRAc’s ongoing immigrant rights organizing in Minnesota. You can donate online via paypal at this link: http://bit.ly/miracdonate, or mail a check written to “Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee” to MIRAc, PO Box 7266, Minneapolis, MN 55407.
If you can’t make a donation but want to support the national campaign to Move the Game, go to MoveTheGame.org to sign the petition and see about upcoming actions. To find out about ongoing immigrant rights organizing in Minnesota, check out MIRAc’s website.
Thank you for supporting the movement to stop SB1070 and all anti-immigrant laws! Pass this on to your friends!
Donation Link: http://bit.ly/miracdonate
Press from the August 11th action: http://bit.ly/miracmedia11aug
The following groups and individuals endorse this letter and encourage you to make a donation.
- Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc)
- Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), University of Minnesota (two of the people arrested at the August 11 protest are members of U of M SDS)
- Carlos Roa, MoveTheGame.org, Presente.org, Miami, FL *
- Carlos Montes, Southern California Immigration Coalition, Los Angeles, CA *
- Joel Olson, member, Repeal Coalition, Flagstaff, AZ *
- James Jordan, National co-coordinator, Alliance for Global Justice, Tuscon, AZ *
- Brook Bernini, immigrant rights activist, Tucson, AZ
- Viviana Moreno, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Wright College, Chicago, IL *
- Kati Ketz, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Columbus, OH *
- Jude Ortiz, anarchist legal worker, member of the RNC 8 Defense Committee and the Scott & Carrie Support Committee (SCSC), Minneapolis, MN *
- Hatem Abudayyeh, Arab American Action Network, Chicago, IL *
- Masao Suzuki, Professor of Economics, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA *. Author of Important or Impotent?: Taking Another Look at California’s Alien Land Laws and other articles on the economic history of immigration.
- Cherrene Horazuk, former national director, Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) *
(* organizations listed for identification purposes only)