Tuesday, June 1, 2010

[SDCPJ] Fwd: two important events this weekend



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Subject: two important events this weekend
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2010 14:12:10 -0700 (PDT)
From: Dick Eiden <ncforum@sbcglobal.net>
To: Dick Eiden <dickeiden@sbcglobal.net>


Dear Friends:

I attended the march and rally against SB 1070 in Phoenix on Saturday, and a meeting of national Latino leaders (Latino Congreso) on Sunday. This issue is not going away. The state of Arizona has awakened a sleeping giant! If Arizona gets away with this, other right-wingers will be emboldened to take similar repressive measures in other states and localities. On the other hand, if we put up enough resistance other states will think twice.

One Latino leader put this scapegoating in the context of the huge transfer of wealth which has taken place in the past few years. Working people have lost jobs, home equity, the value of pensions and investments, etc. - while the top 1% have become far richer. People are confused, fearful, and looking for someone to blame. Their situation is getting worse at the same time as demographics are changing and their communities are getting more colorful. "Illegals" are an easy scapegoat - easier than blaming the system they pay lip service to loving even as it screws them time and again. (If you haven't seen Capitalism, A Love Story, please do so ASAP)

In the meantime there are two actions this weekend which deserve your support. A flyer for each is attached. On Friday June 4 at 3:30pm we'll protest at Brian Bilbray's Solana Beach office. In supporting SB 1070 he claimed he can tell legals from illegals by their clothing, specifically their shoes. This protest will seek to save the SOLE of Congressman Bilbray.

On Sunday June 6 at 3pm, the San Diego Organizing Project and Faith Works will join the PICO national network which will hold rallies for immigration reform in five cities. The San Diego rally will be at 3pm. The details are in the flyer. This will be a faith-based event consisting of clergy and lay people from many denominations and faith traditions.

Please consider writing letters to the editor on this important issue. On May 22 some of us saw the film 9500 Liberty which showed that Arizona-style repression didn't work in Prince William County, Virginia. You can see some of this documentary at 9500Liberty.com

For other CALENDAR INFO, visit ProgressivePost.com

Yours, Ricardo "Dick" Eiden
Head Czar, North County Forum
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