Live stream: Stand with Arizona Rally in Tempe

posted at 8:00 pm on May 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

As part of the effort to “buycott” Arizona to show solidarity with the state after its passage of a new enforcement law on immigration and border control, Tea Party activists will hold a Stand with Arizona Rally in Tempe, AZ. As Yahoo News reports, the effort is intended to both counter a protest against SB1070 being held in Phoenix and to encourage people to travel to Arizona to spend money to push back against the boycott endorsed by cities and organizations opposed to the new law (via Nick D’Orazio):

This weekend, a tea-party-backed Stand With Arizona rally will be held to support the law, while Alto Arizona is holding a Festival for Human Rights to protest the law. Stand With Arizona leaders are encouraging participants to spend freely over the weekend to boost Arizona revenue, while the Alto Arizona movement generally backs economic sanctions against the state.

Phillip Dennis, the Texas coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, expects the Stand With Arizona rally to attract at least 10,000 visitors from around the country who will stay in hotels, eat at restaurants, and generally try to stimulate the economy. The rally is a part of the “buycott” movement that tries to support Arizona businesses and counter boycotts through tourism.

Meanwhile, Sylvia Herrera, an organizer of the Alto Arizona protest, says economic sanctions are the only way to get the Arizona government to listen to objections to the law. But she also isn’t preaching austerity to the 20,000 visitors her group expects — though she says many out-of-state demonstrators will be staying at the homes of other protesters instead of in hotels.”The people that are coming a lot of times can’t necessarily afford to stay in hotels,” she said. “They’re coming on limited budgets.”

The organizers of the Stand with Arizona Rally will live-stream the event starting at 8:45 ET, with the event kicking off at 9 pm ET. You can watch it here, and use the thread for comments about the rally and the topic.

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GrannySunni on May 30, 2010 at 12:16 PM

It helps if you read the linked source. Lots of people sponsored but

Given the authors of this law, no one should be surprised about its intended targets. The law was drafted by a lawyer for the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), whose founder has warned of a “Latin onslaught” and complained about Latinos’ alleged low “educability.” FAIR has accepted $1.2 million from the Pioneer Fund, a racist foundation that was set up by Nazi sympathizers to fund studies of eugenics, the science of selective breeding to produce a “better” race. The legislation was sponsored by state Senator Russell Pearce, who once e-mailed an anti-Semitic article from the neo-Nazi National Alliance website to supporters.

Making matters worse, lawmakers have allowed citizens to sue local law enforcement agencies that they believe are not adequately enforcing the new law. One can be sure that FAIR and its proxies are salivating at the prospects.

The law is not only unconstitutional, it’s bad public policy and will interfere with effective policing in Arizona’s communities. That’s why the legislation was opposed by the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police. As Latinos grow more fearful of law enforcement, they will be more reluctant to report crimes, and witnesses will be less likely to cooperate with police. Criminals will target the Latino community, confident their victims will keep quiet.

the lawyer who drafted it belongs to FAIR — do you support the goals and aims of this org? If yes it is easy to understand why you defend them. If not, it is curious.
Note also that the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police opposed the legislation. I would imagine at least a couple of them have been shot in the line of duty.

Bradky on May 30, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Bradky on May 30, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Since it is you who is trying to paint FAIR as something bad, I dismiss it out of hand because you are a looney leftist.

Also, most union leadership (even police unions) are looney leftists as well. So to say that the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police are against the law only means that another leftist union is against the enforcement of law. I am shocked – NOT.

Sporty1946 on May 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM

the lawyer who drafted it belongs to FAIR — do you support the goals and aims of this org? If yes it is easy to understand why you defend them. If not, it is curious.

Bradky, the link you provided was only one source. I never rely on one source to form an opinion about an organization or topic. Furthermore, the article on SPLC was biased and inaccurate. This is from the link you provided:

Quite simply, this law is a civil rights disaster and an insult to American values. No one in our country should be required to produce their “papers” on demand to prove their innocence. What kind of country are we becoming?

Living in the United States of America is a privilege, not a right. As such, Federal law enforcement officers have the authority to ask anyone, anywhere, anytime, regardless of the situation, to provide ID. It does not matter race, ethnicity, or color – if they ask, you are to provide ID.

Protestors of the Arizona law do not appear to take issue with Federal law nor of the Oklahoma law which is similar to Arizona’s. Nor of the county in VA with similar law to Arizona.

Note also that the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police opposed the legislation. I would imagine at least a couple of them have been shot in the line of duty.

Bradky on May 30, 2010 at 1:14 PM

At the Stand With Arizona Rally last night we heard from the President of PLEA (Phoenix Law Enforcement Association). He represented over 8,000 police officers and I’ll trust the word of the officers out on the streets before I’ll believe some police chief sitting in his comfy office, far removed from the dangers on the streets.

It is obvious that you have not read the Arizona Law. If you had, you would not be promoting the lies from SPLC.

GrannySunni on May 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Let’s start heavily-fining employers and American citizens who harbor and hire illegal aliens. Start there and you won’t have to screw with the Constitution.

Some have suggested changing existing law, which currently grants full citizenship to a child born here, regardless of the legal status of the childs’ parents, so that no such rights would be granted.

These are not the same.

massrighty on May 29, 2010 at 9:51 PM

I’m sorry that you have no idea about what you’re saying. “Changing existing law” is not the same as amending the US Constitution which is what would be required.

I have my suspicions about those seeking to amend the Constitution to redress a problem that could be handled by current law.

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Fourteenth Amendment, Section 1:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The Race Card on May 30, 2010 at 11:00 PM

It is obvious that you have not read the Arizona Law. If you had, you would not be promoting the lies from SPLC.

GrannySunni on May 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

I read the law and noticed how businesses get due process whereas the legal citizens do not. You still dodge the question about the lawyer from FAIR – do you or do you not support FAIR’s objectives?
As for single source I read many sources but do note your adherence to one source in regards to which group of police you say are correct.

Also, most union leadership (even police unions) are looney leftists as well. So to say that the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police are against the law only means that another leftist union is against the enforcement of law. I am shocked – NOT.

Sporty1946 on May 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM

The union is composed of what? Oh yeah police officers, the very ones you laud with wonderful comments about their bravery, etc. Yet your implication is that they are closet lefties or worse they are too stupid to understand what their unions are doing. Stupid and brave?? What a compliment from Sporty….

Bradky on June 1, 2010 at 6:13 AM

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