Monday, April 26, 2010

Muéstreme Sus Papeles !! ( Show Me Your Papers !!)

“Preservation of one's own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures."~Cesar Chavez
So last Friday Arizona the Governor signed into Law a new Immigration Law that is the most racist law that has ever been passed in our lifetime in a Single State. It will mean that Police can pull anyone over and demand their Proof of Citizenship, it means that they are required to Demand Their Papers. What kind of papers would all people have to carry at all times ? A Drivers License is not enough ? An ID card ? School ID ? Work ID ? Would people would have to have a Passport ? a Birth Certificate ? Green Card ? And why are Police acting as Border Patrol Agents ? Is that really part of their job description ? How would this law really help Law Enforcement , other than creating a climate of fear and hate ? It also is written that Citizens can turn their neighbors into Police too ? I look at this photo above and I think how would it be for people to have to "Show Papers" ? Would it be calm ? or would it be like what I really picture in my mind....
This is what I picture in my mind at the Mere Mention of " Show Me Your Papers"....Nazi Germany...yes...


So Arizona that is already being Investigated by the Feds for Civil Rights investigation has now found a way to Legalize Racial Profiling ? President Obama has expressed his concern about what the Governor did, but legally can Arizona be stopped from creating a Police State ? This is a situation that we should all watch, as it could be a Law that Other Southern Republican States embrace or adopt. We as citizens need to find Creative ways to confront this situation, whether it be BoyCotting or Letter Writing or ? But Silence is not an option....
In Germany they came first for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,and by that time No One was left to speak up."

{{ Martin Niemöller, prominent German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor, best known as the author of the poem "First They Came"...Hat tip to @EileenLeft of Twitterland for reminding folks of this poem...}}
More Articles on this:
Eugene Robinson's OpEd on the AZ Law from Truthout really nails it...
NYT has more on the AZ Boycott...
Al Jeezerra News did 2.25min story on the Law and explained it better than most media....
Christian Science Monitor article explores why the Immigration Law actually hinders Law Enforcement....
Greg Palast has written this article for Truthout pointing out that the GOP might be using the Immigration Law to maneuver for the 2010 Elections.
NPR blog examines what are AZ Residents to do ?
AZ Office of Tourism should recieve Polite letters as to WHY people will no longer come to Arizona....
AZ Wikipedia list of Businesses to BoyCott.
President Calderon of Mexico is not happy with the new law, so now it will start to have International Diplomatic Fallout as well. ( reuters)
Think Progress rounds up where the Reps and Lawmakers fall on the Repub Rep is against it...period.


D.K. Raed said...

I think this stupid law making the news everyday will help the Dems and hurt Repubs in November.

For instance, where is the Tea Party, rallying to the defense of american freedoms being taken away by the state? They are now revealed as shallow palin brains who don't really give a fig about american freedoms or citizen rights for anyone with less than alabaster white skin.

I hope the AZ Supreme Court stikes down the law soon. CA tried the same thing when I was living there but the law was never enforced ... it was tied up in and eventually struck down by the CA Supreme Court ... Prima Facia Unconstitutional.

tom said...

Ha, the TEE Pary as far as they are concerned the law only impacts BROWN people, the TEE Party is shit
(just saying)
I also heard that the Arizona Republican governor (unelected) had a hand in disenfranchising 100,000 hispanic voters... JUST LIKE OHIO and FLORIDA
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE and in WHAT country did they grow up in
God I hate these people
WHERE THE HELL DO THEY THINK THEIR parents or grand parents came from