We give that seemingly appropriate advice only because Mesa police say that's what 37-year-old Jeremy Wiseman did yesterday, as part of what appears to be a very poorly planned protest.
|Protect the Peaks' September 21 protest.|
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|Hyatt Regency Scottsdale employee and protestor, Isabel Soto.|
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|Miguel Guerra was released from ICE custody this afternoon.|
While Arpaio was on the witness stand in the federal racial-profiling case, scores of demonstrators from the human-rights group Puente blocked traffic just outside the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse in downtown Phoenix protesting the sheriff.
All four sat in an intersection, while police warned them they would be arrested if they refused to move. They all ignored instructions from police and were arrested at the scene.More »
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Uriel Garcia Natally Cruz, one of four people arrested during today's protest
The protest took place in downtown Phoenix as the trial in the racial-profiling lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio was under way. About 100 people from the local human-rights group Puente took to the streets and blocked traffic.
Before they started the tactic, the four people who eventually would be arrested made statements about being in the country illegally and challenged Arpaio to come out of the courtroom and arrest them.More »
|Photo by Jason Lewis|
|Puente Arizona protestor, Natally Cruz (front), says she's not afriad to announce she's undocumented.|
Melendres v. Arpaio, filed about four years ago, is a class-action lawsuit that includes plaintiffs alleging civil-rights violations committed by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
"We do want to see that this justice system finds [Arpaio] guilty of abusing his powers as sheriff of Maricopa County," Promise Arizona executive director Petra Falcon says.More »
Activists picketed in front of New Times' Phoenix offices this afternoon in protest of our parent company, Village Voice Media's, classified ad website Backpage.com.
The activists feel the website facilitates sex trafficking. More on the protest here.
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Valley videographer Dennis Gilman captured on film what turned out to be a tame demonstration involving from 15 to 20 protesters over a two-hour period. Gilman's video is posted above.
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|This was the scene outside of New Times' downtown Phoenix offices this afternoon.|
From 15 to 20 protesters picketed New Times' downtown Phoenix offices today in protest of Backpage.com, a classified ad website owned by our parent company, Village Voice Media.
"Slavery is an outrage, stop the traffic Backpage," the protesters yelled at passing cars.
The collaboration of special-interest groups protesting called themselves the "11.16 Coalition," and included activists from the Frederick Douglas Foundation, the National Organization of Women, and a group calling itself "Southern Arizona Against Slavery."
A similar protest, drawing about 50 people, was staged outside our sister paper, the Village Voice, in New York City.
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