Striking Fast Food Workers Arrested in Phoenix Amid Large Police Presence

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Ashley Cusick
Striking fast food workers gather in front of the McDonald's on North 24 Street, demanding the right to unionize and a $15 minimum wage.
Four protesters were arrested today in Phoenix at a rally focused on unionizing fast food workers and raising their wages.

The two women and two men were charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing a thoroughfare, and failure to obey a police officer. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

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Phoenix Protesters Decry Shooting of Michael Brown; More Rallies This Weekend

Ashley Cusick
Garrett Scrivner, 21, at the protest.
Robert Ramirez carried a sign that said: "Hands Up Don't Shoot."

He was among a throng of protesters gathered in Eastlake Park in Phoenix as part of the Nationwide Day of Rage, a nationally coordinated effort to protest the shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent turmoil between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Walmart Protesters Head to Chairman Rob Walton's Home in Paradise Valley

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Organization United for Respect/UFCW

For the second time this year, Walmart protesters have taken their message to the Paradise Valley home of Walmart chairman Rob Walton.

With the backing of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, a few dozen protesters went on a march from McDonald Drive to Walton's home near the base of Camelback Mountain.

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Phoenix Fast Food Workers Call for $15 Minimum Wage

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Matthew Hendley

Phoenix fast food workers were outside a South Phoenix Burger King this morning calling for a $15 hourly wage.

Arizona's minimum wage is currently $7.90 an hour, while Democrats in Congress are currently trying to get the federal minimum wage up to $10.10.

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Puente Supporters to Walk 60 Miles From Phoenix to Eloy to Protest Deportations

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Supporters of the pro-immigrant group Puente plan to make the 60-mile walk from Phoenix to Eloy in their latest stunt to protest deportations.

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which is behind the national "Not One More Deportation" project, is having a day of action on April 5 to demand the Obama administration stop all the deportations.

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Activists Call on Legislators to Cut Ties With the Center for Arizona Policy

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Matthew Hendley
Senate Bill 1062 is gone, but certainly not forgotten.

For the second day in a row, activists from Citizens for a Better Arizona protested the connection between lawmakers and the lobbying group behind SB 1062, the Center for Arizona Policy.

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Puente Protesters Arrested During Hunger Strike Outside Phoenix ICE Office

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Police response to Puente's camp outside the Phoenix ICE office last night.

Three protesters with the local human-rights group Puente were arrested last night outside the Phoenix office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A handful of people with family members in immigration detention facilities have been on hunger strike for more than nine days now, and others have been camping outside the ICE office with them in a display of solidarity.

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Signs of the Time: SB 1062 Opponents' Messages of Protest at the State Capitol

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Opponents of the so-called "Religious Freedom" bill have been holding protest rallies at the State Capitol urging Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill that was fast-tracked to her office by state lawmakers.

Proponents of the measure insist that its only purpose is to protect individual religious freedoms. However, gay activists say their community is clearly the target of SB 1062 because they aren't afforded the state and federal protections against discriminations that others are afforded based on "race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry."

There is no anti-discrimination laws that protect individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Some of the signs protesters are using to get their message across to Brewer and those lawmakers who supported the proposal.

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SB 1062 Veto March Planned for Today

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A march at the state Capitol in protest of Arizona's Senate Bill 1062 is taking place later today.

There already have been protests against the "religious freedom" bill in Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson, but several local groups have been trying to get people out to the Capitol today for a large protest.

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Environmentalists Plan Phoenix Protest of Keystone XL Pipeline

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By chesapeakeclimate via Wikimedia Commons
One of the many protests against this pipeline.

Phoenix is one of many cities around the country in which environmentalists plan on holding "vigils" to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Mind you, the proposed path of the pipeline doesn't come within 1,000 miles of Phoenix.

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