Friday, May 21, 2010

Public Meeting Tonight: Ohio Will Not Be the Next Arizona

From the UC chapter of the Campus Antiwar Network, the local chapter of the International Socialist Organization, and the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers' Center:

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's signing of radically anti-immigrant legislation (SB 1070) sparked defiant demonstrations for May Day, as people of all ages, races and immigration statuses came together to oppose a law that would encourage racial profiling and the harassment of anyone "suspected" of being undocumented.

Anti-racists are invited to a public meeting Friday, May 21st to discuss opposition to laws that require police to question a person's immigration status. Arizona House Bill 1070, which passed last month, actually mandates that officers demand proof of citizenship or residence of anyone they suspect of being in the United States illegally. This is an undisguised license for racial profiling that will lead to the arrest of innocent people who cannot prove their status, the ripping apart of families, and other abuses. Similar bills championed by Butler County Sheriff Rick Jones and other bigots must not be allowed to take effect in Ohio.

The event will take place at the University of Cincinnati in McMicken Hall Room 127 at 7:00pm. This will be a forum to hear personal stories, relate to the national struggle, and plan future actions, particularly an immigrant rights rally Saturday the 29th – details TBA.

3 speakers will be featured:

Dan La Botz is a Cincinnati teacher and prominent socialist, labor union activist, academic, journalist, and author. He was a co-founder of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and has written extensively on worker rights in the United States and Mexico. He is currently running for a seat in the United States Senate for the Socialist Party of Ohio (;

Shaun Harkin is a Chicago activist who helped organize the historic May Day marches in 2006 and 2007 and a member of the March 10 Committee there. He is also a contributor to; and the International Socialist Review; his articles have also appeared at CounterPunch and Znet.

As well as a local activist directly involved in the Immigrants Rights movement.

This event is sponsored by the Cincinnati branch of the International Socialist Organization, the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers' Center, and the University of Cincinnati branch of Campus Anti-war Network.

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