07/21/2010

Groups against Ariz. law plan 'civil disobedience'

They declined to specify what the 'civil disobedience' would be, but emphasized it will be nonviolent

Associated Press

PHOENIX — Groups opposed to Arizona's tough new immigration law are planning "civil disobedience" on July 29, the day the legislation takes effect.

The leaders of the groups say they'll hold a candlelight vigil at the state capitol in downtown Phoenix, march to a nearby church for a nondenominational service and then to the federal courthouse.

They declined to specify what the "civil disobedience" would be, but emphasized it will be nonviolent.

Alfredo Gutierrez, organizer with the group Somos America, says it will be acts of defiance and hope for the Hispanic community.

A federal judge could decide to block the new law from taking effect pending the seven legal challenges it currently faces. The groups say they will still demonstrate if that happens.

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