Jan Brewer's State of the State Speech Protested by Citizens for a Better Arizona (Video)

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Burning driver's licenses, defying DPS, and the arrest of Elmo and his radical stuffed animal buddies were the high points of the only game in town at the state Legislature's opening day on January 13.

That game belonged, pigskin and all, to Citizens for a Better Arizona, the group that drove recalled, disgraced former state Senate President Russell Pearce from power, and unsuccessfully sought to do the same to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.


Dennis Gilman captures all the action from January 13

These days, CBA has been targeting Governor Jan Brewer for her denial of driver's licenses to DREAMers, state Attorney General Tom Horne's lawsuit to prevent DREAMers from getting in-state tuition at community colleges, and Brewer's disaster at Child Protective Services, with its 6,500-plus un-investigated cases.

As captured by intrepid Phoenix videographer Dennis Gilman, some CBA-ers burned their driver's licenses, decrying Brewer's asinine policy of withholding Arizona licenses from those young men and women who qualify to work legally under President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

DACA-eligible DREAMer Belen Sisa summed up the situation for Gilman's camera:

"As a DREAMer in Arizona, who's lived here since I was six years old. I feel like it's a complete injustice to be able to work in Arizona, but not have a way to get to work. That's dangerous. You can't get your own car, you can't get your own insurance."

Her message to Brewer?

"With a stroke of a pen, you can make everything better, you can make Arizona a safer place. You can stop discriminating against those who want to be here for the better good of Arizona."

Following the speech, protesters briefly occupied the area in front of state House building where Brewer had been bloviating.

CBA organizer Beto Soto declared a victory, as Brewer had announced during her address that she was abolishing CPS, something CBA had been pushing for.

Activists then marched to the executive tower, where Brewer was having a reception on the eighth floor. At first, officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety blocked the group, but CBA organizer Randy Parraz got in their faces, and as a result, the coppers fell to the sides.

Forbidden from going to the eighth floor, the group went to the seventh, where they huddled, and sent a delegation of women up a floor in the elevator.

The DPS officers were ready to arrest them if they stepped out of the elevator, but activists instead tossed stuffed dolls into the governor's lobby, representing the children hurt by Brewer's policies, as they chanted, "Stop the hate."

No one was arrested, unless you count Elmo and his toy co-conspirators.

Anyone surprised that Elmo is a flaming radical? Sheesh, he's redder than the Chinese flag.

David Morales of Three Sonorans fame was up from Tucson, and also has great video on his site of what transpired, so check that out as well.

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armandocdll81
armandocdll81

Dreamers are nothing but smuggled-in contraband in need of being boxed up and slapped with a "Return to Sender" sticker. They really are a sorry and shameful sight. 

john043012
john043012

CBA-ER'S burning their licenses in protest now that's funny.

jandm925
jandm925

There was actually another "game" in town last Monday, not a few hours before the afternoon rally, when an equally dedicated and committed (and larger) group of people gathered on the lawn to discuss women's rights and equality, the improvement of which would certainly result in a better Arizona.  Speakers from several organizations, including Planned Parenthood Arizona, NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona, and Why Marriage Matters, spoke eloquently about the shame of our marriage equality ban and the dangerous spate of CAP-inspired legislation over the last few years that has presumed to do one thing that the GOP claims to be against: inserting Big Government between a woman and her doctor. While the morning rally may not have been great theater, it was certainly worth noting.  

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Mr. Lemons, Great reporting and great video by Dennis Gilman. The Citizens for a Better Arizona are the only ones fighting for a better Arizona while the legislators ignore the reforms needed year after year. Thank you all! You were the class act of the day.

DNichols
DNichols

The ironic thing is that this Racist SB1070 Witch actually had an Arizona License plate made that read: "Live the Golden Rule."

Jeez.

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