URGENT: FW: CALL TO ACTION! Defend Isabel Garcia! Denounce right-wing hate radio!
URGENT REQUEST FOR ACTION AND SOLKIDARITY TO STOP ATTACK against community and immigrant rights movement leader, Isabel Garcia.
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From: Coalición de Derechos Humanos <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 19:55:22 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CALL TO ACTION! Defend Isabel Garcia! Denounce right-wing hate
Coalición de Derechos Humanos
P.O. Box 1286
Tucson, AZ 8570
Coalición de Derechos Humanos is a grassroots organization which promotes respect for human/civil rights and fights the militarization of the Southern Border region, discrimination, and human rights abuses by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials affecting U.S. and non-U.S. citizens alike.
Call to Action!
Defend Isabel Garcia!
Defend our First Amendment Rights!
Demand Accountability from those who would support Hate media!
As many of you are aware, a protest last week of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio last week has had some ugly backlash. As a community, we set out to let Arpaio know that there were many who did not welcome him into our community. As part of this protest, and in a symbolic expression our disagreement with Sheriff Arpaio, his policies, and his promoting of his xenophobic and narrow-minded perspective in his recent book, an empty piñata with the likeness of Sheriff Arpaio was hit by local youth.
As a result, the right-wing radio talk show host, Jon Justice (104.1 The Truth) has launched a campaign to have one of our Co-chairs, Isabel Garcia, fired from her position as a Pima County Legal Defender. Many do not know that 104.1FM is associated with local news channel KGUN 9-we would like to ask KGUN 9 about their support of such divisive views as those expressed on 104.1FM.
Since last Friday, our office has received numerous hate calls, and Jon Justice has posted a YouTube video of himself with a piñata with Isabel's likeness, caressing it and making comments about "wanting to take it home with me," among a few other comments about "chorizo" and "viva la raza." You can see this video at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTR20jav2RA
We ask you, as community allies, to step up with us in defending Isabel Garcia, demand accountability from 104.1FM and KGUN 9, and that hate speech not be given a platform in our communities.
It is our First Amendment Right, and our duty as members of this society, to denounce anything that goes against the basic human and civil rights that ALL posess. To try to silence those that would condemn torture and raciscm is contrary to the rights of us all!
Please help us to spread the word, and take up the following action items:
1. Contact Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry in support of Isabel Garcia. 520.740.8661 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Contact the Journal Broadcast Group, expressing your opinion of Jon Justice and the tactics of 104.1FM, and your concern that local KGUN 9 would be associated with an outlet that is so obviously NOT an objective media source. Contact Julie Brinks: 520.290.7600 or e-mail: email@example.com
5. Contact the Board of Supervisors, voicing your support of Isabel Garcia, who has broken no rule or regulation as a Pima County employee.
Pima County Board of Supervisors
130 West Congress Street, 11th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Receptionist - (520) 740-8126
Fax - (520) 884-1152
Ann Day, District 1
Ramón Valadez, District 2
Sharon Bronson, District 3
Ray Carroll, District 4
Richard Elías, Chairman, District 5
We need your support! Please spread the word on this Call to Action! Defend our First Amendment rights!
Coalicion de Derechos Humanos | P.O. Box 1286 | Tucson | AZ | 85702
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