Why? Because when you’re subjected to second class citizenship as I was as a child in the Grand Canyon State your life’s dreams are filled with images of a better world, a world where all people are treated with dignity as human beings who are deserving of love.
So, along these lines, two dear friends of mine, Marjorie Cohn, attorney, professor of Thomas Jefferson Law school, author of several books (her latest, “The United States and Torture: Interrogation, incarceration and Abuse”), Angela Garcia-Sims, retired educator and educational consultant extraordinaire, and I have put together a panel to discuss the implications of SB1070, Arizona’s racial profiling law. The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding this sad piece of legislation on Wednesday, April 25.
Our panel on the matter will take place
Monday, April 23, at 7:15 pm to 8:45 pm in Room 323 at
Thomas Jefferson School of Law,
1155 Island Avenue, San Diego.
Ms. Cohn will be one of the panelists along with Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director, Equality Alliance, San Diego: Pedro Rios, AFSC, Chairperson, San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium; and Roberto Hernandez, Professor, San Diego State University.
I see this as a wonderful opportunity for people to hear ideas that would enable them to: better understand the components of the law that will be reviewed by the Supreme Court; contemplate possible rulings that the court could make along with effects those rulings may have on our society; come away from the evening knowing a little history of the law; get a feeling for the impact that SB1070 could have on our society, in general, including copy cat laws in other states that would threaten the well-being of so many undocumented people; see how the law and others like it are related to federal immigration laws, enforcement, and the federal DREAM Act.
Hispanic News reports that:
“It likely will be months before the justices actually rule. But whatever they decide will have nationwide implications, as several states already have copied and enacted similar laws.
“Hanging in the balance are several sections of the statute, including:
requiring a police officer to make a reasonable attempt to check the immigration status of those they have stopped; forbidding police from releasing anyone they have arrested until that person’s immigration status is determined; making it a violation of Arizona law for anyone not a citizen to fail to carry federally issued documentation; allowing police to make warrantless arrests if there is a belief the person has committed an offense that allows them to be removed from the United States; creating a new state crime of trying to secure work while not a legal resident.”
So much of SB1070, it seems to me, threatens our ability as a nation to show compassion, to pursue life affirming ways to solve serious social and political problems. But I think we’re capable of realizing a little boy’s dream of a better world, a world where all people are treated with dignity as human beings who are deserving of love. So, in pursuit of such an ideal, I’m hoping people will join us Monday night.
Parking is a premium near Thomas Jefferson Law School but one can park for $3 at the Padres Parkade on 11th Street across the street from the school and the trolley stops on Park and Island, right at the school.
Cookies and drinks for everyone.