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Update 8/17: Boycott Arizona-Minnesota just released a video based on a right-wing sports talk radio interview with MIRAc/BAM! member Molly Glasgow. Glasgow was one of the five people arrested for civil disobedience.

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Working with allies Centro Campesino, SEIU Local 26, Presente and MoveTheGame.org, MIRAc and the BAM! campaign organized  a protest and civil disobedience at the quarterly meeting of MLB team owners helped to once more bring the problems generated by Arizona’s new racist law, SB1070, before the eyes and conscience of the nation.

MIRAc and U of M SDS members arrested trying to deliver petitions to MLB Commissioner Selig.

The nonviolent civil disobedience by the protesters trying to deliver the petitions to Bud Selig and the owners captured the attention of  national media.

Martiga Lohn’s coverage for the Associated Press was picked up by ESPN and posted as Five arrested in All-Star protest.  The NBC Sports Hardball Talk blog posted commentatory  in 2011 All-Star Game protesters arrested. The action grabbed the headline at USA Today’s MLB-related site in the post Five arrested in All-Star protest outside MLB’s quarterly owners’ meetings – Daily Pitch: MLB News. Locally,  WCCO posted the AP story as 5 Arrested In All-Star Protest At Baseball Meeting.

Local news venues covered the event in-depth.  Minnpost sports and politics columnist Jay Weiner set the  stage  with Tuesday’s post previewing the action:

. . . A national organizer of the Selig-directed demonstration is Carlos Roa, one of the much-publicized four young undocumented students who hiked across the nation as part of the “Trail of Dreams.”

Roa, 22, said immigration rights groups are continuing their campaign to move the All-Star Game from Phoenix even though a federal judge last week struck down portions of the Arizona law. He wants it to be completely revoked.

Roa said in an interview that he’s a baseball fan and understands that forcing the relocation of the All-Star Game — a showcase event for Major League Baseball and a host city — “would significantly hurt the state [Arizona] economically, and that is the objective. We want to send a message that other states should not enact the same kind of law.”

Opponents of the law attempted to present Selig with these same petitions in Anaheim last month during the 2010 All-Star Game, but they couldn’t gain access to Selig. Protesters have also appeared outside of Selig’s Milwaukee offices. . . .

Clyde Bellecourt (American Indian Movement) speaks at the Move the Game rally.

Wednesday was game day. Fox News  9 not only covered the protest and civil disobedience, but also featured a long interview with indigenous activist Clyde Bellecourt in Protesters Want MLB to Boycott Arizona:

MINNEAPOLIS – About 100 people demonstrated outside the Graves Hotel, where Major League Baseball owners are holding their quarterly meetings. The protesters say Major League Baseball should move next year’s all-star game from Arizona because of that state’s new immigration law.

“Immigrants and Latinos, who are a large part of the players and the fans, are offended by this law and we hope they will they will do the right thing and move the game,” said Nick Espinosa.

Critics argue the law which makes it illegal to be in Arizona without documentation encourages racial profiling. Supporters say it’s needed to crack down on the rising crime committed by the ever growing number illegal aliens.

Watch both videos at the link.  It’s unfortunate that the station repeated the misconception that crime is rising in Arizona. Over a month ago,  Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank debunked claims about Arizona and crime in Headless bodies and other immigration tall tales in Arizona.:

Two months ago, the Arizona Republic published an exhaustive report that found that, according to statistics from the FBI and Arizona police agencies, crime in Arizona border towns has been “essentially flat for the past decade.”

. . .FBI statistics show violent crime rates in all of the border states are lower than they were a decade ago . . .

Protest against MLB owners meeting in Minneapolis.

KSTP reported in Protesters Rally To Move Next Year’s All-Star Baseball Game:

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig was in Minneapolis Wednesday for a quarterly meeting and to celebrate the completion of Target Field.

But, the cheers outside his meeting were anything but positive. Hundreds protested outside that meeting at the Graves Hotel Wednesday afternoon.

The group wants next year’s All-Star game moved because it will be in Arizona and they’re against the new immigration law. They say an event that could pump $60 million into Arizona’s economy belongs elsewhere.

The group tried to deliver 110,000 petitions to Selig.

When police asked them to leave they refused and five people were arrested.

Watch the clip at the link.  Minnesota Public Radio reported in Protesters ask MLB to move All Star game from Arizona:

. . . Niger Arevalo of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee said the MLB shouldn’t support Arizona’s law.

“We want to send a clear message to them that we support to move the game out of Arizona because of the recent racist law SB 1070,” Arevalo said. “So this will represent a threat to people, undocumented people, (and) people of color if they do the all star game in Arizona.”

The Uptake’s Craig Stellmacher posted this excellent video feature:

Media Ghost TV posted two extended video features about the protest and civil disobedience  on its website: Part 1 and Part 2.

Online,the City Page’s Blotter posted in  Activists want the All-Star game out of Arizona [VIDEO]:

Chanting “Stop the Hate! Move the game!” protesters crashed a quarterly meeting of Major-League Baseball owners at the Graves Hotel yesterday, demanding that the All-Star game be moved from Arizona unless the state repeals its controversial new immigration law.

“We want to send a clear message to the owners of the league, that here in Minnesota we support moving the All-Star game somewhere else,” said Niger Aravalo of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee. Aravalo also called on Hispanic MLB players to urge their coaches and team-owners to get the game moved. . . .

Fight Back News reported Protesters confront baseball bigwigs, 5 arrested while Twin Cities Indymedia posted Baseball Fans Demand: Move the Game! 5 Arrested Delivering 110,000 Petitions to MLB Owners.

What will be the next breaking news in the Move the Game story?


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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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Exciting News,

We have decided to change the march route and end point for tomorrow, to march to the Republican State Convention at the convention center downtown, before ending in Loring Park for a united rally.

We hope you will join us for the May 1 march for immigrant and workers rights tomorrow starting at 2:00 pm at Martin Luther King Park, 41st and Nicollet Ave S.

Wednesday both Republican contenders for governor, Tom Emmer and Marty Seifert, announced their support for the new racist Arizona law, SB 1070. We will send them a strong message: Minnesota is not Arizona! We need a just reform with legalization and equal rights for all!

WHEN: Saturday, May 1, 2010

TIME: 2:00pm

STARTING POINT: Martin Luther King Park (41st and Nicollet Ave. S)

UNITE WITH OTHER MARCHERS: 4:00pm Minneapolis Convention Center (1st and Grant)

RALLY: 4:30pm Loring Park
(Not Stewart Field!)

Marches leaving from 3 starting points are expected to number in the thousands, and will converge as one in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday.

The marches will meet outside the Republican State Convention at the convention center downtown for a brief stop, before marching united to Loring Park.

Join our coalition of more than 40 groups to demand real legalization for all, workers rights, driver’s licenses, and equal rights for all, and an end to immigration raids, deportations, and discrimination!



The May 1st Coalition


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A coalition of community organizations is holding an emergency vigil and protest after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law the most extreme anti-immigrant legislation in the country (SB-1070) on Friday. This disgusting bill legalizes racial profiling, and mandates local law enforcement to check proof of citizenship of anyone they encounter.

10 other states are currently considering similar legislation

We will gather to protest a fundraising event for local religious right outfit the Minnesota Family Council attended by national level republican politicians Mike Huckabee and Governor Tim Pawlenty, who have a long track record of anti immigrant sentiment, to send a strong message to the politicians of Minnesota, and the United States.

WHEN: Monday April 26th 5:00PM

WHERE: The Hilton Hotel 1001 Marquette Ave. S

Join us to say:

• NO to SB1070 and racist laws!

• Boycott Arizona until SB1070 is repealed!

• END racist anti-immigrant policies that unfairly target immigrant workers and families, including 287G!

• Just immigration reform that includes legalization and equal rights for all immigrants NOW!

“The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land. Confusion all around… But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars.”
-Martin Luther King

Ya Basta!
MIRAc, SEIU, La Asamblea, Workers Interfaith Network, and FMLN-MN

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Last week, the Washington Post reported that a leaked memo revealed that ICE has issued enforcement quotas for officers—ignoring earlier pledges to keep enforcement focused only on criminals and abusive employers. This will lead to ICE targeting more hard-working immigrants and their families.


Friday April 9th 11:30am
Outside Hennepin County Jail


La semana pasada, el Washington Post reporto que un memo filtrado mostro que ICE ha establecido cuotas de enforzamiento para sus oficiales – ignorando las promesas que hicieron antes de mantener el enfoque del enforzamiento en los criminales y los empleadores abusivos. Esto llevara a ICE a enfocarse mas en inmigrantes que trabajan duro, y sus familias.


Viernes 9 de Abril 11:30am
Afuera de la carcel del condado de Hennepin

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May 1 march flyer PDF | PDF del volante 1 de mayo

MIRAc, Mujeres en Liderazgo, the Workers Interfaith Network, La Asemblea de Derechos Civiles, Mujeres Levantando Mujeres, fmln-MN, and allies as we are planning for our May 1st International Workers Day March during this critical moment in the immigrant rights movement.  Comprehensive immigration reform is at a make or break point and we are going to be doing everything we can to have the biggest march possible this year in support of 1) Legalization For All and 2) Equal Rights. We feel its important that we stick to a strong message that pushes those in power to be bold in their support of justice and equality as they try to work out the details about what immigration reform will actually look like. Please help spread the word. See you on May 1st! La lucha sigue!

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Members of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Coalition and local decolonization activists took part in the action, which highlighted the hypocrisy of ICE this Thanksgiving season in targeting undocumented immigrants of color through workplace and house raids, while turning a blind eye to the original illegal immigrants–Europeans.

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Robert Erickson infiltrates a Tea Party rally and gives a scorching speech on the evils of immigration… From Europe.  The crowd is totally stunned and many actually applaud him until the end!

The look on their faces is absolutely priceless!

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Volante PDF – Dia de los Muertos | Flyer PDF – Day of the Dead

(English follows Spanish)

Día de Los Muertos
Acción de Fé, Procesión y Fiesta

Domingo, 1 de Noviembre

2:30pm – Acción de Fe en el Centro de Detención de Ramsey (425 Grove calle St. Paul)
Seguido por una Procesión a la Iglesia Primera Luterana (463 Maria Ave, St. Paul)

4:00-5:00 Habrá Comida, Musica Fiesta

Por favor traiga ofrendas para el altar interfaithimmigration@gmail.com

Para transporte a St. Paul, reuniremos a Lake & Hiawatha a 2:00 pm

Apoyado por: Coalición Interfé para la Inmigracion,MIRAc, Immigration Working Group of Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
and Consociates


Day of the Dead

Faith Action, Procession and Ce-lebration

Sunday, November 1st 2:30pm

2:30pm – Faith Action at Ramsey County Adult Detention Center (425 Grove St. St. Paul)

Followed by Procession to First Lutheran (463 Maria Ave, St. Paul)
4:00-5:00 There will be Food, Drinks and Celebration

Please bring offerings for the altar


Carpoling: Meet at Lake & Hiawatha at 2:00 pm

Sponsored by: Interfaith Coalition on Immigration, MIRAc, Immigration Working Group of Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
and Consociates

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On October 17th the NSM Nazi’s Southeast MN unit will be holding a rally against “illegal aliens and communism” at 3pm located at the Veterans Memorial in Austin MN. We invite you to join us as we take the fight to Austin, where the local chapter of the NSM has been able to do anti-immigrant organizing without the level of vigorous opposition we see in Minneapolis. They recently disrupted an anti-racist workshop put on by Centro Campesino, have been able to sway City Council decisions, and are contributing to a dangerous atmosphere where racially motivated violence is becoming more and more common. Let’s show them that their hateful message won’t be tolerated anywhere in Minnesota.

From Minneapolis to Austin-Solidarity Against Racism! No to Nazis!

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