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30 Minutes- May 1 Rally for Human Rights
May 1st Rally and Resistance (27:39) 2010-05-09
30 Minutes- May 1 Rally for Human Rights
The Arizona Legislature has completed their session- and crafted laws which are meeting resistance in Southern Arizona. Over 7000 people took to the streets on May 1 in Tucson in support of human rights. On Tuesday, the Mayor and Council voted 5-1 to sue the state in protest of SB 1070 which would require local law enforcement officers to question people about their immigration status if there is a "reasonable cause" to believe they are in the country illegally. Republican Mayor Bob Walkup cited three main reasons for legal opposition against SB 1070: uncertainty how officers are to interpret reasonable cause when they question people; frivolous and costly litigation by citizens against police for not adequately enforcing the law; and a growing economic boycott which could harm Tucson's economy.

On Wednesday, University of Arizona students, faculty and staff held a lunchtime protest of SB 1070 which drew 200 people. On Thursday, Tucson area youth launched a 24 hour human chain and vigil in support of ethnic studies at their school which they see as under attach from SB 2281. Proponents of the bill say that the courses teach a reverse racism while teachers and students say the courses teach cultural pride and awareness and cite studies that the programs lead to academic success. Teachers in the Ethnic Studies/Raza Studies department say their courses will be unaffected by the law.

30 Minutes features voices from the May 1 Rally. The following people stated why they came to the rally: Moises Orozco, David Shapiro, Bruce Mead, Angel Romo, Susana Areas, Rosa Calfone, Yaya Castillo, Michael Simpson, James Leos, Maria Patricia Rojas, Lupe Esparza, Lucero Rabinich, Ofelia Rivas, Stephanie Espinosa Medrano, Alejandro Benitez Leon, Aaron Yepiz, Orlando Lerma, Simon Burruel, Jimmy Nealy and Josue Calderon. Speeches excerpted from the rally include the voices of Dolores Huerta, Linda Ronstadt, Leilani Clark, and Alex Sanchez.