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On July 29th, 2010 Arizona’s SB 1070 was put into effect. CMwD ministers Hilary Krivchenia & Matthew Johnson Doyle are in AZ and they say...

Rev. Hilary Krivchenia: "The protests went well, we got everyone but one out of jail.  Then this evening a small group from Puente went to prevent a police sweep of a barrio.  The ten of them were arrested as was the leader, Salvator Reza -- as he was getting into his car in a parking lot.  So we are back in cars headed this time to Tent City to hold a vigil.  This is a very violent place on account of this terrible sheriff.  I shudder to think what will happen after we leave.  It isn't about immigration -- it is about race."

Rev. Matthew Johnson-Doyle: "Lots of things struck me and I'm still processing much of it. Most powerful for me was the clear effect we had on those here who oppose this law and its spirit - on the ground, at businesses, and so on. So often I heard "thank you for being here" and how important it was people of faith came, people who had nothing at stake except their values. I return knowing that we need to engage this work at home.

"In Rockford we need to challenge the "secure communities" program and the way it divides people and alienates Latinos from law enforcement, when we need to be building trust. Our faith calls us to learn, learn, learn, then stand with others in their struggle for freedom.

"It was powerful how much it can matter when we come not to lead but to stand with others."

At the end of the day, people gathered outside of the Maricopa County jail house for a candlelight vigil to stand in solidarity with the 83 people who were arrested in protest of the racist anti-immigrant law SB 1070 and the culture that dehumanizes undocumented immigrants.

Many of those present wore their yellow Standing on the Side of Love shirts. In this video, UUA Moderator Gini Courter recounts her perspective on the day’s events. She tells us, “This is what it means to be a religious movement in a democracy.”



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