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Culture of Fear: Crockpot 07.27.12

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On Tuesday, four undocumented immigrants revealed their status in front of Maricopa County Courthouse in Phoenix, and were promptly arrested, says In These Times. Inside the courthouse, county sheriff Joe Arpaio, an infamous supporter of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070, faced charges of discrimination against Latino communities. The arrested activists released a statement condemning federal and state immigration laws, and the culture of fear they produced, beginning with “We are no longer afraid.” The action kicks off a six-week No Papers, No Fear bus tour from Arizona to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Along the way, activists hope to persuade other immigrants to reveal their status, and to raise awareness about immigration issues.

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