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National Resistance to SB 1070 Escalates; Thousands March in Phoenix on May 29th

The Phoenix 5 mile march and rally held Saturday, May 29 in solidarity against SB1070 was quite a sight to see.

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The Turnout: SEIU Executive VP Eliseo Medina joined a laundry list of influential minds including Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, National Day Laborer Organizing Network Executive Director Pablo Alvarado, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Co-founder of United Farm Workers Dolores Huerta, singers Jenni Rivera and Alex Lora of El Tri.

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They were joined by about 100 SEIU members from SEIU Local 1021 who traveled from the Bay area to attend, as well as Local 5 members, Trail of DREAMers, original participants of Mississippi Freedom Summer, and thousands more activists from Arizona and states across the nation.

Phoenix's march was one of over 60 actions planned across the nation to join efforts in demanding President Obama take Federal Action to stop racial profiling law, SB 1070.

Watch footage from the march:

Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director, National Day Laborer Organizing Network spoke, saying,

"The eyes of the world are watching and President Obama must act. SB1070 is where we draw the line and say enough is enough. Enough of a disastrous and dangerous 'enforcement first' strategy to immigration reform. Enough to the criminalization of workers and families. We will escalate our struggle until the President acts concretely to stop the implementation of SB1070 and modernize the immigration laws to match the values of our nation."

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For a list of local solidarity actions visit: www.altoarizona.com.

To view and download more photos from the Phoenix march, visit SEIU's Flickr set here.

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