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Press Conference Today Re: Arizona Problemo And May Day

RI Statehouse A press conference will be held this afternoon to announce plans for a May 1st demonstration and to denounce the recent legislation in Arizona.

On Tuesday, April 27 at 3pm in the State House Rotunda people affected by the economic crisis, the attacks on immigrants and workers’ rights across the board, and the dismantling of critical public services including education will gather to announce plans for May 1, a day recognized in the U.S. and throughout the world as a time to honor workers.  Recently the day has been marked in the United States by immigrant rights marches, including the 2006 event that drew 30,000 people in Rhode Island and denounce the enactment of SB-1070 in Arizona, also known as the “Racial Persecution Law” because of the certain impact on harassment of people of color by law enforcement.

The May 1 event is being sponsored by a number of organizations, including Comité de Inmigrantes en Acción, Rhode Island Unemployed Council, Fuerza Laboral/Power of Workers, Save Our Schools, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, RI Jobs with Justice, DARE Direct Action for Rights and Equality, Brown Student Labor Alliance, American Friends Service Committee of SE New England, and Ocean State Action.

3pm, Tuesday, State House Rotunda, Smith Street, contact Libby Kimzey 463.5368/908.304.2573

2 thoughts on “Press Conference Today Re: Arizona Problemo And May Day”

  1. Annie Messier says:

    Actually, I take that back. I’d received complaints about barricades earlier this afternoon, which I attributed to fear over the press conference, but when I arrived at the State House at 3:20 the streets and rotunda were clear. Just lots of people in suits, which I’m told were legislators getting ready to go into a 4:00 session. That was a remarkably efficient press conference! Wowza. I’m sorry I missed it, but I’m still glad it didn’t detract from the cool stuff upstairs (even if Rhody the Ram did almost knock me over while posturing for some women. Watch it, Rhody).

  2. Annie Messier says:

    Well, this is kind of a bummer. I completely agree with the sentiments behind the protest (how could such a move NOT lead to racial profiling?), but the rotunda and second floor space around it were booked months ago for the annual Rhode Island Higher Education day from 2-4 p.m. Now instead of the State House being a venue to showcase the wonderful things that go on in RI colleges’ programs, it’s featuring barricaded lots/streets because of the protest. Le sigh.

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