Hundreds of immigrant rights marchers took to the streets of Glendale today. They were out to protest the passage of Proposition 300, which denies in-state tuition to undocumented workers.
With the chant of “we are students, not criminals,” hundreds of protesters marched from a church at 80th Avenue and Camelback to 83rd Avenue and Missouri.
According to one protester, “I’m directly gonna be affected by this. I am one of those students that is undocumented, is going to be affected by Proposition 300. I think it’s very important that people know that we’re students, we’re good students. We have a lot of potential. Who wants to keep Arizona ignorant?”
Protesters at a church today near 80th Avenue and Camelback heard from speakers including the Reverend Jarrett Maupin. “And fought your way, and earned your way all the way to attend college in this country, then god %&#$@, you ought to be able to go when you feel like it,” Maupin exclaimed to cheers from the audience.
The protestors marched even though they were denied a permit from the city of Glendale. That angered Maupin, who said he’ll retaliate by fighting to stop the 2008 Super Bowl.
“After here, I’ll be going to the NFL and we will stop the Super Bowl. We did it before in this state, we’ll do it again in this state. We have the national leadership behind us. And, today, we move forward on that. These papers solidify a commitment to stopping that Bowl game from coming to this state. Not just this city, but this state,” said Maupin.
Maupin said he has the support of Jesse Jackson and the Reverend Al Sharpton. Maupin and seven other march leaders were given police citations today for marching without a permit.
Roberto Reveles said they’ll fight the citations. “The sidewalk is dedicated to the use of the public. We have demonstrated that we not attempted to obstruct vehicular traffic.”
The eight are due in court later this month.
Photo caption: Hundreds of protestors gather in Glendale. (Photo by Bob McClay/KTAR)