Protesters in Arizona square off against police over racist anti-immigration laws.
Protests were carried out across Arizona, despite judges halting the carrying out of the most controversial sections of racist anti-immigrant legislation SB-1070. According to the SB-1070 Resistance Blog, outside of Tucson:
A group calling itself "Freedom for Arizona" said it planned to cover the southbound lanes of I-19 with tires covered in tar and broken glass to shut down "the very road that is used to deport people deemed 'illegal' as well as a direct disruption of the flow of capital," the group said in a news release.
Read the full communique here. More info on ongoing resistance can be found here.
Meanwhile, the Governor vetoed a bill that would allow farm workers to receive overtime after working 8 hours a day. This ruling by the Governor is disgusting, again keeping hard working people and the families that they support locked in poverty.
The governor "has decided not to end this vestige of a caste system of farm labor that treats California farm workers as if they are not important workers or important human beings," UFW (United Farm Workers) president Arturo Rodriguez said in a statement.
Modesto Area Continues to face Massive Foreclosures
The foreclosure crisis is far from over. Millions of more hard working and poor people are set to lose their homes as banks and businesses continue to grow rich off of our backs and bailout cash. According to the Modesto Bee:
Households across a majority of large U.S. cities received more foreclosure warnings in the first six months of this year than in the first half of 2009, new data shows.More than 1 million American households are likely to lose their homes to foreclosure this year, the firm said. That translates to one in 78 U.S. homes. Of the top 10 hardest-hit metro areas, Modesto is listed as third and Merced fourth. Stockton is sixth.
As foreclosures continue to skyrocket, the need is even greater for people to stand up to the big banks and businesses and not move from there homes no matter what. One successful example of this was the occupation of the California Valley Miwok Tribe foreclosed home in Stockton in early 2010.
Police Continue to Murder Across the Valley
In Bakersfield, a police officer that has been in three shootings in the last two months, has killed a 15 year old child. A witness stated, "They shot at the suspects for no reason. The people in the car really didn't have a chance to surrender." According to a local paper:
In recent history, Sgt. Jon Scott had eight shootings -- including three fatal when he was among other officers shooting at suspects -- in a 13-year span that began in 1993, police reported. And in the 1980s, Bruce Adair had four shootings in his first four years on the force, two of them fatal.
The murder of the young man mirrors the also recent murder of James in Stockton, which we also reported on.