A Week Of Protest In L.A. As Demonstrators Decry Arizona's Immigration Law, Set To Take Effect Thursday

Activists decrying Arizona's controversial immigration law will hold banners on bridges spanning the 101 freeway downtown during the afternoon commute Monday. The group calls itself "We Are All Arizona" and will be in action on the Broadway Avenue, Spring Street and Grand Avenue overpasses to the 101 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Another group, the Southern California Immigration Coalition, stated it would also hold demonstrations Tuesday and Wednesday at 5 p.m. outside the downtown Federal Building before trekking to Arizona Wednesday night to take part in Thursday protests there.

We Are All Arizona planned additional protests Tuesday and Wednesday as well, with a "major action" promised for Thursday, the day Arizona's legislation was scheduled to take effect.

"Activists will highlight the racist nature of immigration enforcement measures that terrorize our communities ... ,'' the group stated.

It's the same organization that saw 14 of its members arrested in May for blocking the entrance to the Federal Detention Center downtown during an pro-immigrant protest there.

Arizona's law encourages police to check the immigration status of suspects they stop who they believe could be in the country illegally.

Read the LA Weekly's cover story on the battle over how to educate the American children of illegal immigrants on Skid Row.

-With reporting from City News Service. Got news? Email us. Follow us on Twitter, too: @dennisjromero.


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