Update: Hundreds Stand United Against Arpaio
Last week I posted about a hip-hop performance that was slated to happen in Phoenix, AZ, in protest of Joe Arpaio and his racist tactics, most specifically his recent stunt of marching immigrants through the streets to garner attention. "Stop the Circus" called on hip-hop artists from across the country (Chicago, New York, Detroit) to come together and stand against the injustice facing the immigrant community - not only in Arizona, but throughout the United States. [youtube = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVQp-qKG-1w&eurl=http://imagine2050.newcomm.org/2009/02/16/hundreds-stand-united-against-arpaio/&feature=player_embedded]
And the event was a huge success. Fromthe blog, Imagine 2050:
The time and effort put in by members of the local Hip-Hop community and area activists to bring the show together was tremendous. In my 10 plus years in Hip-Hop I have never seen people come together like that. They spent three solid days fanning out into their communities promoting the event and talking about the brutal truth behind Arpaio’s rule.
The next few days flew by, but they were full of heart and soul. I learned about life under the microscope of racism and bigotry in Phoenix. I saw firsthand the grip that racist Joe Arpaio has on the community…and on the city council…and on local businesses. I heard stories of what happens during his vengeful raids on Latino neighborhoods. Within hours I could feel it in the air.
But then I learned something more powerful than anything I had been told or felt. I learned that thousands of people truly want his reign to end.
Over 400 people showed up for the event, all united in their fight against hate and injustice. Let's keep this positive momentum going. Stop the Circus. Stop Joe Arpaio.