Subject: FW: Tucson Resist SB 1070! /
Tucson Resiste SB 1070!
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 19:18:16
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STATEMENT ON SB 1070 AND BEYOND
Today we come together in resistance, taking action for the mobilization and safety of our communities. The police are supposed to implement public safety, but instead they are responsible for state violence.
We stand for the empowerment of our communities, and our ability to protect ourselves. We stand against racist legislation, including SB 1070. We condemn the attack on ethnic studies, I.C.E. raids, violence against womyn and queer people, the expansion of the prisons, the border wall, and the militarization of our everyday lives.
Border militarization and the expansion of law enforcement destroy the earth, harm indigenous communities and create a terror campaign against migrants and communities of color in Arizona and beyond. The new legislation is part of a racist campaign that aims to create a terrorized and criminalized class that is more vulnerable to exploitation. Migrants are blamed for crime, unemployment, and the current economic crisis in order to distract the U.S. public from seeing what is really to blame for this crisis: capitalism—the system that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer.
SB 1070 is a direct attack on our families, friends, neighbors, schools and communities.
SB 1070 is part of a history of colonial occupation. We live in a country founded on slavery, genocide and exploitation. The U.S. took over Native land and, in 1846, waged war against Mexico, established borders and imposed itself over the entire Southwest. SB 1070 comes from this legacy of colonial occupation.
SB 1070 is a symptom of white supremacy. SB 1070 is only the latest attack on people of color that makes Arizona an apartheid police state, where brown-skinned people are politically, legally and economically discriminated against and segregated.
SB 1070 does nothing to address the root causes of migration. U.S. economic policies and wars have displaced and impoverished millions of people all over the world. Money-driven policies, such as NAFTA, create poverty. Not only do they consume and exploit land, water, petroleum, and laborers (i.e., human beings), but they also displace us from our homes, forcing us to migrate in order to survive. If policymakers were serious about stopping “illegal immigration,” they would end capitalist exploitation and stop their military “interventions” abroad.
SB 1070 is the product of a system that oppresses people not only for being undocumented or non-white, but also for being poor, young, womyn, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer.
This is why we affirm our human dignity and promote the well-being of all people living and working in these lands. We stand for community control and autonomy. We assert the rights of migrants and all people everywhere to feel safe and live free of state violence.
In order to STOP SB 1070, we need a new vision for social change. We believe in autonomy—where we are independent and free to make our own decisions as a community. Real change comes from those who struggle for dignity. We must depend on our own strength and power to create the new world we want to see!
Under these circumstances we make the following CALL TO ACTION:
If SB 1070 is enacted on July 29th, we must organize direct actions in our local communities and demand that racial profiling and police state terror end!
STOP APARTHEID LEGISLATION IN ARIZONA
STOP RACIAL PROFILING AND POLICE STATE TERROR
STOP THE MILITARIZATION OF THE BORDER AND OUR COMMUNITIES
STOP THE RAIDS AND DEPORTATIONS
WE WANT COMMUNITY SAFETY!
WE WANT HEALTHY FAMILIES!
WE WANT TO LIVE IN PEACE!
WE WANT AUTONOMY!