Joe Arpaio-Supporting, Gun-Toting Nativists Menace Children's March for Family Unity
|Maria, 8, at the children's rally, outside Wells Fargo|
Save for the implied threat of the nativists, today's children's march from Sheriff Joe's Fourth Avenue Jail in Downtown Phoenix to the Wells Fargo Building, where the MCSO keeps two floors of pricey executive offices, was an inspiring spectacle. About 150 persons, more than half of whom were kids, participated in the protest against Sheriff Joe's immigration sweeps and raids, which often separate families and tear children away from their mothers.
|The kids wore butterfly wings, an analogy to migratory Monarch butterflies|
|And a child shall lead them...in this case, several...|
|Nativist Lynne Stevens, member of United for a Sovereign America: Note the gun on her hip...|
|Anti-immigrant fanatic Kevin, packing heat on his waist|
Of course, convicted public urinator and die-hard xenophobe Buffalo Rick Galeener was there. I questioned him about the racist image of President Obama posted to the United for a Sovereign America Web site yesterday, which appears to be his handiwork. I asked him if he indeed made the bigoted lampoon calling Obama "President Sambo," but he refused to answer.
|Convicted public urinator Buffalo Rick Galeener|
(The girl happens to be the child of a woman who was injured during an MCSO raid this year at the Phoenix landscaping firm HMI. The mom was jailed for weeks, and her four children were without her during that time.)
A young boy also took the bullhorn, and admonished Joe.
"You only care about the immigrants," he said. "You don't care about the murderers or the rapists."
Phoenix police officers kept the peace and escorted the march to Wells Fargo. However, I also spotted some plainclothes MCSO shaking hands with the nativists nearby. U.S.A member and MCSO-contact Barb Heller was also present, as well as the nativist known as Angry Jim, carrying a sign warning about the perils of swine flu.
|After the march at Tonatierra, some kids paint while waiting for the pizza to arrive|
"They were very good," Reza said of his pint-sized army. "I think Arpaio got the message. I hope the media covers it the right way. We didn't bring make-believe. We brought reality."
Though talk-radio twits, like on-air drool kings Mac and Gaydos on KTAR 92.3 FM, have had a field day lambasting the walk, claiming the children didn't know what they were marching for, such on-air goofballs should try telling that to some Hispanic kid whose 'rents have been ripped from them by Arpaio's mean-spirited, anti-immigrant raids. What's the greater crime, these kids' parents being the country sans papers, or depriving a child of his or her mom and dad? I think you know the answer.