Alabama Immigration Protests Land 13 Brave People In Jail
Matt | On 16, Nov 2011
I’m telling y’all … protest is the NEW black!
In Alabama, people are speaking out against the state’s controversial immigration law, H.B. 56. The legislation is the toughest in the nation in targeting illegal immigrants. It requires that law enforcement check the immigration status of persons thought to be in the country illegally. Basically, it racially profiles brown people, migrants, and those that are probably a little too fluent in the Spanish language. ::sigh::
About 70 protesters took to the streets of Montgomery to let their voices be heard. They marched around the Statehouse and Capitol complex yelling, “Undocumented, unafraid,” “No justice, no peace,” and “No courage, no change.” Alabama Youth Collective organized the protests. People came from other states and communities to let their voices be heard.
In total, 13 protesters were arrested. Two were rounded up inside the Statehouse and the other 11 were outside sitting in the street. All of those arrested are believed to be undocumented immigrants. State Rep. Alvin Holmes (D-Montgomery) said he would post bond for everyone who was arrested because he thought they were unfairly detained.
Those arrested were fully aware that there was a possibility of federal officials being made aware of their status. None of them cared. They ranged in age from 17-57.
GOOD FOR THEM! It’s inspiring to see people stand up for what they believe in. And they did it all through rain that moved through Montgomery on Tuesday.
This shows that there are young people out there willing to fight hard for the causes they believe in.