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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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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Jeremy Wiseman Pickets Mesa Police on Street Corner, Uses Loaded Gun to Hold Up His Sign

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Jeremy Wiseman
Here's your lesson of the day, folks: if you're going out to picket your local police department on a street corner, consider using something other than a loaded shotgun as a signpost.

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.

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Snowbowl Protesters Face Charges for "Quarantine" of Forest Service Office

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Protect the Peaks' September 21 protest.
Four people are accused of violating federal law when they took to a Forest Service office in Coconino County in September to protest the use of reclaimed water to create snow at Arizona Snowbowl.

Perhaps there's some irony involved here, but one of the protesters' concerns is that the reclaimed water could contain materials that are hazardous to humans. One of the protesters is facing charges related to dumping some clear liquid on the ground in the office, and a federal complaint says Forest Service employees "were extremely concerned that the liquid spilled could be hazardous."

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Hyatt Hotel Workers and Local Activists Protest Alleged Worker Mistreatment in Scottsdale

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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale employee and protestor, Isabel Soto.
Protestors took to the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch late last week as part of a national campaign by the Unite Here! labor union to protest what it says is the rampant mistreatment of workers employed at Hyatt hotels throughout the country.

The labor union's Hyatt Hurts campaign has staged protests in major U.S. cities throughout the week in a call for better working conditions for employees working in lower-level positions such as housekeeping, room service, and other service jobs at Hyatt hotels.

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Joe Arpaio Protesters Released From Custody

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See Also: Joe Arpaio Protesters Arrested During Public Demonstration

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Miguel Guerra was released from ICE custody this afternoon.
The four people claiming to be undocumented immigrants who were arrested Tuesday during a civil-disobedience protest against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have been released from jail.

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.

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