By Curtis Prendergast
SB 1070 dominated news coverage in Arizona during the summer of 2010. Protests were a major part of that news coverage. The Chronicle gathered all the articles published during April 2010 by the Arizona Daily Star, the Arizona Republic, and the Nogales International that dealt with protests.
As Gov. Jan Brewer considered signing SB 1070 after it was passed by the Arizona Senate, activists on both sides of the issue began to protest. The first news stories about protests against SB 1070 came on April 20. The Arizona Daily Star ran Immigration bill prompts protests in Tucson, Phoenix, while the Arizona Republic ran Arizona immigration bill protesters arrested about protests outside the State Capitol in Phoenix.
On April 21, the Star ran 200+ gather to push for immigration bill’s veto, about a protest in downtown Tucson. On April 22, the Republic ran Arizona immigration bill: H.S. students leave school to join Capitol protest, about high school students walking out of class to protest SB 1070.
An editorial in the Republic, Arizona immigration bill ignites outcry from students and Latino advocates, on April 23 about young Latinos mobilizing in opposition to SB 1070. Also on April 23, the Nogales International ran a story, Protesters decry AZ bill at Nogales, Sonora rally, about Mexican protesters holding a rally just south of the Arizona-Sonora border. The Star ran a report by Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services, Capitol protest urges Brewer to reject new immigration bill, about the third day of protests against SB 1070. The Republic ran a story, Arizona immigration bill: Protesters react with ‘Shame on you’, about the protests at the Capitol. The Star ran a story, Wandering rally continues downtown, about a protest in Tucson.
An editorial in the Republic, Arizona immigration law: History, background, on April 23 was one of the few articles that provided a historical context to the new law, and the heated opposition.
On April 24, the Republic ran Arizona governor signs immigration law; foes promise fight, about the coming fight against SB 1070 in the coming months. The next day, April 25, the Republic ran Immigration law protested by more than 2,500 at state Capitol, about the continuing protests against SB 1070.
While Arizonans protested both sides of the immigration issue, other protests emerged from around the United States and Mexico. On April 25 the Republic ran an Associated Press report, Sharpton vows to protest Arizona immigration bill, about the decision by Rev. Al Sharpton to lead protests against SB 1070, a law aimed more at Hispanics than African-Americans. On April 27, the Republic ran Shakira to protest new immigration law at City Hall, Capitol, about the Colombian singer coming to Phoenix to protest SB 1070. Also on April 27, the Nogales International ran a story, Sonoran protesters call for boycott over new Arizona law, on another protest south of the border that urged Mexicans to boycott Arizona over SB 1070.
On April 29, the Republic ran a story, Denver schools protest Arizona immigration law, from KUSA-TV Denver about the Denver Public School District prohibiting employees from taking work-related trips to Arizona. Also on April 29, the Republic ran a story, Fallout from immigration law tars Arizona Diamondbacks and Immigrant rights activists boycott Diamondbacks-Cubs game, about protesters outside Wrigley Field in Chicago. The reports said that protests are likely wherever the Diamondbacks play.
As April came to a close activists promised large protests for the annual May 1 march. On April 30, the Republic ran a story, Festival, immigration protest may snarl downtown Phoenix traffic, about the Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival “a major protest against Arizona’s new immigration law.” The Star wrote a similar story, Tucson’s May First march, rally could draw thousands, about the May 1 march in Tucson.
Below is a list of the stories mentioned above, listed in chronological order:
Arizona Daily Star: Immigration bill prompts protests in Tucson, Phoenix (April 20, 2010)
“Outrage about a state immigration bill that is Gov. Jan Brewer’s signature away from becoming law spurred protests throughout the state Tuesday. A major protest led by leaders from immigrants advocacy, religious and labor groups is going on at the state capitol in Phoenix. A vigil will be held in Tucson this evening.”
Arizona Republic: Arizona immigration bill protesters arrested (April 20, 2010)
“The Arizona immigration bill sparked heated protests Tuesday, as State Capitol police arrested nine people who chained themselves to the old Capitol building doors. The nine were protesting Senate Bill 1070, the wide-ranging illegal immigration measure, when they were arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct. Once they indicated that they intended to stay chained to the doors until the governor vetoed the bill, police arrested them.”
Arizona Daily Star: 200+ gather to push for immigration bill’s veto (April 21, 2010)
“As passing vehicles honked, a woman tilted her head back and shouted to fellow protesters, “What do we want?” Sign-holding protesters downtown at West Congress Street and Granada Avenue yelled back, “Veto.”
Arizona Republic: Arizona immigration bill: H.S. students leave school to join Capitol protest (April 22, 2010)
“Crowds began to dwindle at the Capitol Thursday evening after upwards of 2,000 students from high schools across Phoenix walked out of school to protest with other activists, all urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the immigration bill.”
Arizona Republic (Editorial): Arizona immigration bill ignites outcry from students and Latino advocates (April 23, 2010)
“While a poll indicates a 70 percent approval rating for Senate Bill 1070, the tough immigration legislation awaiting the governor’s veto or signature also has unleashed a groundswell of activism among Arizona’s young people and Latino advocates at a level not seen since immigration marches in 2006.”
Nogales International: Protesters decry AZ bill at Nogales, Sonora rally (April 23, 2010)
“Waving banners that said “We are border residents, not criminals,” and encouraged by the approving honks of passing motorists, people from both sides of the border raised their voices against Arizona’s tough new immigration bill at a protest Tuesday in Nogales, Sonora.
“At this very moment, the Arizona Legislature is passing a law that is completely against us as migrants, as Mexicans and as Latin Americans,” Nogales, Ariz., resident Gustavo Lozano told the approximately 40 protesters – many of them recently deported migrants – who gathered just south of the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry.”
Arizona Daily Star (Capitol Media Services): Capitol protest urges Brewer to reject new immigration bill (April 23, 2010)
“PHOENIX – The state Capitol saw its third day of protests Thursday against the tough new immigration law approved by the Legislature this week and awaiting the governor’s signature.”
Arizona Republic: Arizona immigration bill: Protesters react with ‘Shame on you’ (April 23, 2010)
“Protesters who had camped out at the Arizona State Capitol for days in hopes of stopping what was billed as the toughest illegal immigration law in the country reacted with boos and chants of “Shame on you” on Friday after the governor announced she was signing the legislation into law.”
Arizona Daily Star: Wandering rally continues downtown (April 23, 2010)
“Several hundred people protesting the state’s immigration law are moving from the state building downtown to Armory Park and apparently back again.”
Arizona Republic (Editorial): Arizona immigration law: History, background (April 23, 2010)
“Arizona has about 460,000 undocumented immigrants, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Currently, immigration offenses are violations of federal law, something most local law-enforcement agencies cannot enforce… Brewer’s action came after advocates lobbied supporters and opponents held rallies and protests that have grown daily.
Petition signatures were collected and prayer vigils held, and Brewer’s office was bombarded with phone calls and e-mails. Earlier this week, police arrested nine college students after they chained themselves to the Old Capitol building’s doors in protest. Since then, protests have grown in size, with hundreds showing up at the Capitol on Friday to protest both for and against the immigration bill.”
Arizona Republic: Arizona governor signs immigration law; foes promise fight (April 24, 2010)
“Moments after Gov. Jan Brewer signed Arizona’s controversial new immigration law Friday, opponents promised legal challenges and economic sanctions against a state still reeling from the housing meltdown. Before and after Senate Bill 1070 became law at 1:30 p.m., civil unrest punctuated by loud protests and several minor clashes took place at the state Capitol, where more than 1,500 people gathered to chant, pray and either praise or castigate the Republican governor.”
Arizona Republic: Immigration law protested by more than 2,500 at state Capitol (April 25, 2010)
“To the sound of a conch shell and Native American drumbeats, protesters marched to the state Capitol on Sunday to join about 2,500 others in opposition to Arizona’s new immigration law.”
Arizona Republic (AP): Sharpton vows to protest Arizona immigration bill (April 25, 2010)
“NEW YORK – The Rev. Al Sharpton and New York-area Hispanic leaders vowed Sunday to fight Arizona’s new immigration law through legal challenges and with civil disobedience if those challenges fail.
Sharpton said that just as freedom riders battled segregation in the 1960s, he would organize “freedom walkers” to challenge the Arizona bill that requires police to question people about their immigration status if they suspect someone is in the country illegally.”
Arizona Republic: Shakira to protest new immigration law at City Hall, Capitol (April 27, 2010)
“Shakira and Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon will discuss their opposition to Arizona’s new immigration law during a news conference at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 200 W. Washington St, according to the Mayor’s Office…Sources confirmed Shakira also plans to visit protesters holding vigil at the state Capitol that evening, though the stop didn’t appear on her official schedule.”
Nogales International: Sonoran protesters call for boycott over new Arizona law (April 27, 2010)
“Protests over Arizona’s tough new immigration law spread south of the border on Monday as a small group of demonstrators gathered outside the U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Sonora to call for Mexicans to boycott Arizona over the measure. Carrying signs reading “Boycott the state of Arizona,” and “We are all citizens of the world,” the protesters collected signatures for a letter addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama that they planned to deliver to consular officials.”
Arizona Republic (KUSA-TV Denver): Denver schools protest Arizona immigration law (April 29, 2010)
“DENVER – The Denver Public School District is prohibiting employees from taking work-related trips to Arizona due to the state’s crackdown on illegal immigration. A written statement released by the district Thursday morning said DPS is forming a Citizens Advisory Committee to study the issue further.”
Arizona Republic: Fallout from immigration law tars Arizona Diamondbacks (April 29, 2010)
“The Arizona Diamondbacks are like one of those fans in the lower deck at Chase Field who gets struck by a foul ball during a game. They didn’t see it coming. Today at Chicago’s Wrigley Field and in just about every city the team visits, there is expected to be a protest outside the stadium against Arizona’s new immigration-enforcement law, Senate Bill 1070.”
Arizona Republic: Immigrant rights activists boycott Diamondbacks-Cubs game (April 29, 2010)
“CHICAGO – A boisterous group of roughly 50 people gathered outside Wrigley Field Thursday afternoon to protest Arizona’s new immigration law and call for a boycott of Arizona businesses, including the Diamondbacks, who are in town for a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs.”
Arizona Republic: Festival, immigration protest may snarl downtown Phoenix traffic (April 30, 2010)
“Two major events in downtown Phoenix this weekend are expected to create some traffic congestion for much of Saturday and Sunday. The 17th annual Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival, a two-day event, is projected to draw more than 225,000 people to the area. A major protest against Arizona’s new immigration law is also scheduled to draw a few thousand people Saturday.”
Arizona Daily Star: Tucson’s May First march, rally could draw thousands (April 30, 2010)
“The May First Coalition is holding a march Saturday downtown which organizers estimate could attract thousands of people, including some from out of state. The annual event typically focuses on immigrant and worker’s rights. This year it is expected to be a forum for protest against Arizona’s new immigration law.”