Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, Faith, Labor and Political Leaders to Respond to Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona’s SB 1070
Contact: Ricardo Favela, San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, 760-468-4519
Jess Jollett, San Diego ACLU, 619-398-4484 (direct) or 619-203.0959
What:Press Conference responding to Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB1070
When:11 a.m., June 25, 2012
Where: San Diego County Administration Building, West Plaza
1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
Who: Legal, faith, labor, and community leaders, likely including:
Rev. Gerald Brown, President, United African American Ministerial Action Council
Richard Barrera, Member, San Diego Unified School District
Sandra Diaz, Business representative, SEIU Local 1877
Sr. RayMonda DuVall, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of San Diego
Imam Abdul Jalil, Islamic Center of San Diego
Kevin Keenan, Executive Director, San Diego ACLU
Pedro Rios, Director, San Diego American Friends Service Committee and Chair, San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
Lei-Chala Wilson, President, NAACP of San Diego
San Diego:A broad and diverse range of faith, civil rights, labor, law enforcement, and political and organizations and leaders will stand together to declare that San Diego is united against discriminatory laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 in the event of a bad decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.
As predicted by most legal experts, the Court upheld the “show me your papers” provision requiring police to determine the immigration status of those they stop whom they have “reasonable suspicion” to believe are not in the country legally.
The coalition believes that SB 1070 and its copycat laws across the country violate our national values, promote racial profiling, and deny equal justice.When SB 1070 passed in Arizona in 2010, fifty community leaders, comprising faith, business, labor, civil rights, immigrant rights, legal, and social services organizations came together to demonstrate unified opposition to Arizona’s approach to immigration.
Organizers expect an even larger expression of opposition in light of a Court decision upholding some or all of the race-baiting law, particularly because such a ruling will inspire copycat laws across the country, at both the state and local level.
The coalition of civil rights groups will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on the day the court announces its decision. The line-up is subject to change.