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Fighting for Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights on the Front Lines

Fighting for Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights on the Front Lines

This week marks the five-year anniversary of Arizona's notorious S.B. 1070 law, which codified a set of anti-immigrant regulations designed to promote self-deportation of local residents, or "attrition through enforcement," in the explicit language of the bill. Among the most disturbing aspects of the law is the provision that mandates racial profiling by requiring law enforcement agents to determine the immigration status of community members who they "suspect may be undocumented."

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Watch Live: Catholic Bishops Hold Mass on the Border Highlighting Humanitarian Crisis from Failure to Act on Immigration Reform

On the U.S.–Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz., today, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border and Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, will celebrate Mass on behalf of the nearly 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998.

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Arizona Legislature Votes to Legalize Discrimination. Urge Governor to Veto

Sign designed by Barbie Donovan. Photo via Rocco's Facebook page.

Last week in Arizona, the tea party-dominated legislature passed a bill that will allow businesses to slam their doors shut on anyone they say doing business with would violate their religious beliefs. While the bill was aimed primarily at the LGBTQ community, in effect, it could allow business owners to discriminate against anyone.

Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has until Friday to sign or veto the bill. Call 888-968-2464 and urge Brewer to veto the bill.

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Judge Strikes Down Two Anti-Worker Ariz. Laws

Chalk one up for Arizona’s workers and put another black mark up for state legislators obsessed with attacking workers and their unions for their corporate sponsors. A federal judge yesterday ruled 2011 laws on paycheck deception and restricting workers’ right to picket were unconstitutional.

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Arizona Working Families Rally for Immigration Reform

Photo of immigration rally in Arizona.

More than 800 union members, their families, immigration advocates and community leaders rallied in front of the Arizona state Capitol yesterday to reaffirm their support for commonsense immigration reform that protects immigrants and America's workers. In a press conference before the rally, Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director Rebekah Friend announced that the organization had adopted a resolution that calls on Congress to pass immigration reform, including a practical and inclusive road map to citizenship that reflects core American values such as fairness, equality and family unity.

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More Governors Supporting Medicaid Expansion

Photo courtesy sobyrne99

Two more Republican governors have come out in support of expanding Medicaid in their states, realizing that not only is the program a good deal for them, but that it provides additional benefits for their residents. In Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer discovered that expanding Medicaid would save her state $353 million. Meanwhile, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval projected that expansion would save his state $17 million.

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Now That the Election Is Over, the Real Battles in the States Begin

Photo of Rick Snyder courtesy Michigan Municipal League

While government in Washington, D.C., remains divided and marked by long-term gridlock, governments in the states are much less divided. Of the 50 states, 37 now feature state governments where the governor and majorities in both legislative houses are controlled by one party—24 of those are controlled by Republicans. Extreme, anti-working family Republicans have repeatedly assaulted the rights of people in recent years and, by all accounts, the trend looks to expand in 2013. Working families are mobilized and fought back in 2012 and will continue to fight in 2013.  The response to the "right to work" for less push in Michigan was so strong, that governors in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have since declared that they won't push for right to work in their states.

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Arizona's Minimum Wage Increase to Boost Local Economy

Photo courtesy Wisconsin Jobs Now

As the new year starts, Arizona's lowest-paid workers will see a gift—the state's minimum wage will go up 15 cents, to a new total of $7.80 an hour. More than 72,000 workers will get a boost in their pay equaling an average of $320 annually. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the increased consumer spending generated by the increase will add $13 million to the local gross domestic product (GDP). Nine other states also will be raising their wages on Jan. 1, 2013, helping nearly 1 million workers across the nation.

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